Prosecco (pic: iStock)

Prosecco (pic: iStock)

Prosecco has catapulted Italian sparkling wines and its popularity has no bounds, but there’s more to Italian fizzy wines than the foamy bubble. Here are the best sparkling wines you can find in Hong Kong at Vino Condiviso Bollicine event.

Alta Langha DOCG, Piemonte

Alta Langa DOCG sparkling wine (pic: Alta Langa DOCG)
Alta Langa DOCG sparkling wine (pic: Alta Langa DOCG)

Alta Langa DOCG is the Piedmontese brut sparkling wine. It is a DOCG region specifically designated for sparkling wine production. A small appellation with a very long history, Alta Langa is the birthplace of the first traditional method sparkling wine to be made in Italy during the mid-19th century, in the “Underground Cathedrals” recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage.

Located in the hills of Langhe, this DOCG requires a minimum of 90% Pinot Nero and/or Chardonnay, and a minimum period of 30 months aging on lees. Most importantly, Alta Langa DOCG sparkling wine is always a vintage wine, meaning no non-vintage wines are made in the appellation.  

Wines to try:

2017 Banfi Cuvee Aurora Bianc Extra Brut (1A, ASC Fine Wines, HKD320)

Grape: 70% Pinot Nero 30% Chardonnay 

Winemaking: Metodo Classico. 40 months on lees, hand remuage, 8 g/l dosage

2016 Casa E. di Mirafiore Blanc de Noir (9A, Ellermann, HKD 315)

Grape: 100% Pinot Nero

Winemaking: Metodo Classico. 36 months on lees.

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