It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at a Prosecco!
Perhaps we were on a little bit of a burnout when it comes to reviewing Prosecco wines. After all, this is now one of the world’s most popular wines. It certainly leads the pack when it comes to Italian sparkling wines. And it’s in a constant battle with Champagne for true global supremacy.
As we’ve been focusing on other types of wine, Prosecco has only been strengthening its position. While it’s lost a small amount of ground in the UK market, it’s more than made up for that with its stronger position in the US market.
So, it’s about time that we take a look at another Prosecco.
After all, Christmas isn’t too far away and we’re sure that you’re already thinking about the wines that you want to serve at Christmas dinner and during the parties that you hold.
Of course, this brings us to the eternal question whenever we decide to take a look at a Prosecco…
Which producer should we highlight?
After all, there are dozens who are worthy of our attention. But in this review, we’ve decided to focus on the Astoria winery.
They’ve produced a wine of immense quality that we’ll tell you a little more about later. First, let’s find out more about the company.
The Story of Astoria
Astoria’s story seemingly starts in 1987. That is when the company was founded by the brothers Paolo and Giorgio Polegato. However, their history, and that of their family, extends much further back than this fairly recent opening year would suggest. In fact, the Polegato family had been involved with the Italian wine industry for generations before the brothers took the bold step to found their own wine company.
In Astoria, they had a simple aim – the produce wines of such outstanding quality that they would be impossible to ignore. And with its location square in the heart of the Conegliano – Valdobbiadene territory, it was clear that they aimed to make their name through the production of Prosecco.
The brothers now own 40 acres of some of the most beautiful and well-maintained vineyards in all of the Italian wine industry. They are firm believers that the quality of a wine starts with the quality of the land that produces it. As a result, they go to great lengths to tend their land and their vines, thus ensuring that the grapes they produce are injected with the energy and vigour that Astoria’s wines have become so renowned for.
And the recognition that they’ve received from the Italian wine industry has served as proof that the brothers succeeded in their goal of creating quality wines. A quick visit to their website will show that they’ve received award after award for their wines. And if you visit any bar or restaurant in the Veneto region, you’re almost certain to find an Astoria product on the menu.
Of course, the company is best-known for the Proseccos that it produces. And that’s the type of wine that we’re going to take a closer look at in just a moment. However, Astoria has also developed a reputation for developing wonderful barrique wines, which include the Croder, Crevada, and the Colli di Conegliano DOCG. Each wine has its own unique qualities that only got to further prove the level of dedication and professionalism that the Polegato brothers bring to their winemaking endeavours.
Today, we’re seeing the company take further steps to improve on its reputation and enhance its brand, both domestically and overseas. In 2017, they became one of the key sponsors of Giro d’Italia, which is one of the country’s most important cycling tournaments. This sponsorship exposed more people than ever before to the Astoria name.
And it’s savvy business moves like this, coupled with the sheer quality of the wines that they produce, that will ensure Astoria remains a name that sticks in the memory for many years to come.
But as we said at the start of the article, there’s a reason why we’ve chosen this company to highlight today. Simply put, they’ve produced one of the best budget Prosecco wines in recent memory.
Let’s take a closer look at the…
Astoria Galie Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry
A simple glance at the bottle will instantly wow you. The Astoria Galie Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry is a wine that’s available for less than €10. But to look at it, you would imagine that this is a wine that’s produced at the higher end of the price scale.
When you finally stop admiring the bottle and pop the cork, you will notice that the gorgeous bubbles in the wine are both minute and persistent. This is a Prosecco that has managed to achieve an almost perfect balance, which makes its low price all the more remarkable.
The light straw yellow colouring also tells you that this is a wine that’s been aged well. However, those who are so inclined will be happy to find that the Prosecco has ageing potential of between three and five years.
That means you can buy it well in advance of any celebrations that you hope to host!
The bouquet is at once elegant and uncomplicated. This is not a wine that’s trying to dazzle you with a complex array of note. Instead, it offers the simple delights of light fruity and floral notes that are sure to delight you.
Finally, you take that first sip and feel those tiny bubbles wash over your tongue.
It’s the sheer harmony found within the wine that is the first thing you’ll notice. Everything is in perfect balance, which makes this a true joy to drink. There’s simply nothing to fault and Astoria’s decision to keep things simple pays off most markedly at this stage.
The xtraWine team found this Prosecco to be an absolute delight to drink. That’s why we’ve awarded it a 90/100 rating. If you’re looking for an affordable Prosecco this Christmas, we can confidently say that your search is over!