Prosecco crisis: “We must work to build awareness of the Prosecco DOCG.”

prosecco docg map docAbove: Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, and Asolo are the three historic townships of Prosecco. Today, it’s increasingly challenging for Prosecco DOCG growers to compete with the DOC growers and bottlers in the planes of the Veneto and Friuli, where growing costs are significantly lower.

“Unfortunately, the uniqueness of the Prosecco DOCG has gone unrecognized and there are just a few brands that consumers identify with it and that they ask for by name. When Prosecco is perceived as a generic wine — ‘unbranded’ as they say in English — it focuses the competition solely on price. As a result, the value of the product is put at risk. We must work to build awareness of the Prosecco DOCG.”

—Matteo Lunelli, Cantine Ferrari president and 50-percent stakeholder in the historic Prosecco house Bisol.

Please click here to read my Prosecco editorial for the Bele Casel blog.

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