Du Toitskloof Brings Zonin Prosecco to South Africa
You’ve most likely heard of prosecco and know that it’s a sparkling drink but perhaps don’t know much more about it than that. Don’t worry you’re not alone. Du Toitskloof Wines, based in Rawsonville, started importing Zonin Prosecco from Italy since November this year. Their PR, Marketing and Direct Sales Manager, Ed Beukes, delves into this subject a little bit for us and helps us understand more about this celebratory drink.
Q&A with Ed Beukes of Du Toitskloof Wines
Crush: So what is the hype about Prosecco?
Ed: It’s a fun and fruity sparkling wine produced in Italy. Unlike other sparkling wines, it is a little lighter in alcohol and a great aperitif in the form of an Aperol Spritz.
Crush: So it’s like Italian Champagne?
Ed: Not quite, Champagne is produced in Champagne only, Cava in Spain, MCC in South Africa – and Prosecco in Italy. The difference is that all the other sparkling wines go through a second fermentation in the bottle, whereas Prosecco makes use of the Charmat method; meaning that the second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) occurs in stainless steel tanks.
Crush: What’s the deal with DOC and DOCG?
Ed: It’s an appellation, meaning that it refers to the area where the Prosecco is produced and the area reveals the quality.
- Prosecco DOC vines are found exclusively in north-east Italy, in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea.
- Prosecco DOCG began and is tied to Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a hilly area in North-East Italy, 50 km from Venice and around 100 from the Dolomites. In this small area, people have grown the grapes that produce Prosecco Superiore. The area covers 15 communes and represents the heart of the world of Prosecco. The Hills of Valdobbiadene is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Crush: Tell us more about the Zonin Proseccos that are currently part of your portfolio.
Ed: Sure, we currently have 3 Proseccos; Prestige 1821 (the fancy DOCG one) Special Cuvée (the brut) and Ice (the semi-sweet).
Prestige 1821 – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Lively elegant, fruity and floral fragrances. It’s Zonin’s tribute to the Hills of Valdobbiadene and encapsulates the style that perfectly reflects the essence of the land.
Special Cuvée – Prosecco DOC Zonin’s Millesimato proposal. ‘Millesimato’ means that the product is obtained through the vinification of one vintage only.
Ice – Prosecco DOC Perfect to be served ‘on the rocks’ in a large and round-stemmed glass. It can be complemented with aromatic ingredients like orange or grapefruit, mint, leaves, elderflower and much more.
The trio of Zonin Proseccos are all currently available, with free shipping for a case of 6, from Du Toitskloof and can be ordered here. The range will soon be available through Takealot as well.
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