Our taste test of prosecco shows that supermarket labels can pack a punch when it comes to tasty tipples.
Prosecco is a sweeter, simpler, and less pricey alternative to Champagne. It’s the biggest selling sparkling wine this year, and a third of Which? members surveyed told us that they’ll buy a bottle of prosecco to drink at Christmas.
If you’re planning to impress your guests with a bottle of delicious Italian fizz, make sure you take a look at our Prosecco taste test results.
How to choose a tasty prosecco
The quality of prosecco we tested this year was high, and our one Best Buy was ahead of the pack by only two points.
But it’s all too easy for prosecco to fall flat. Common pitfalls are that it’s too acidic, too sweet, or just doesn’t have much character. In fact, some of the lower-scoring bottles we trialled were deemed too sugary or just too bland for our experts to enjoy.
By comparison, the highly rated fizzes were praised for their fruity and floral flavours, and our Best Buy was ‘soft and fragrant’, according to our panel.
Those looking for a bit more luxury over the festive period should take a look at our Best Buy Champagnes. For something a bit different, which will add sparkle to your mince pies or Christmas pudding, see our sparkling moscato reviews.
The prosecco we tested was:
- Aldi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG, £7.49
- Asda Extra Special Prosecco, £8.25
- The Co-operative Prosecco, £9.99
- Iceland Vespucci Prosecco, £6.50
- Lidl Prosecco Spumante Conegliano 2014, £7.49
- M&S Prosecco, £10
- Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano 2014, £10
- Tesco finest* Prosecco, £8
- Waitrose La Gioiosa Prosecco DOCG Superiore 2014, £13.49
How we test sparkling wines
Our experts were Charles Metcalfe, Kathryn McWhirter, Peter McCombie MW, Sam Caporn MW, and Anthony Rose.
They blind-tasted our champagnes and sparkling wines. Each expert tries the wines in a different order before they discuss their tasting notes and agree on a score for each bottle.