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What is Prosecco DOC?

Prosecco DOC, a term familiar to lovers of sparkling wines like Bella Principessa Prosecco and Signorina Prosecco, refers to a specific type of Prosecco that adheres to certain quality standards and production methods.

Definition and Production

Prosecco DOC, or Denominazione di Origine Controllata, represents a specific quality level of Prosecco. It is a type of sparkling wine produced using the tank method, which can be either dry or off-dry. This method is pivotal in preserving the freshness and aroma of the Glera grapes, primarily used in producing Prosecco.

The Prosecco DOC designation indicates that the wine has met specific standards of Italian legislation for quality grape production and winemaking. This designation was established in 2009, although the history of this wine dates back to Roman times​​​​.

Geographic Designation

The Prosecco DOC label is a protected geographic designation, ensuring that only sparkling wines produced in specific regions of Italy can carry the label. No Italian sparkling wine can be called Prosecco DOC; it must come from designated areas within the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, and it’s typically produced in the provinces of Treviso and Trieste. The DOC label signifies that the wine originates from one of the official Prosecco growing areas and adheres to the stipulated production criteria​​​​.


Being the most widely available quality level for Prosecco, Prosecco DOC wines guarantee certain standards in winemaking. This level of quality assurance is similar to what sparkling wine enthusiasts have come to expect from renowned brands like Bella Principessa Prosecco and Signorina Prosecco. Prosecco DOC encompasses a range of styles, from the dry, crisp flavors to the slightly sweeter profiles, catering to various palates.