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Food Italy wants to defend its Prosecco against the competition of the Croatian prošek

15:25  15 september  2021
15:25  15 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le Prosecco italien doit désormais faire face à la concurrence du Prošek croate (image d'illustration). © Getty Images via AFP - Astrid StaWiarz The Italian Prosecco must now cope with the competition of the Croatian Prošek (image of illustration).

After the France which suspended for several weeks its exports of Champagne in Russia, in response to the decision of Moscow to reserve the name "Champagne" with the sparkling wines Russian, Italy is determined to fight with force against the Prošek Croatian. Zagreb has effect asked the European Commission the geographical protection of the Prošek, a traditional white wine, produced in Dalmatia, whose name irresistibly evokes the Italian Prosecco.

of our correspondent in Rome,

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for Italy, it is a real outrage to the famous sparkling wine, exclusively produced in the north-east of the country. The battle looks very rough since Croatia has just received a first favorable opinion for its Prošek. And Italy has only two months to present its appeal. But mobilization takes shape at all levels to defend the Prosecco.

The Italian Ministry of Agriculture intends to use all possible arguments to oppose the prošek's application for recognition. The producers of Prosecco in Veneto and in the Friuli are on the foot of the war to defend their effervescent wine, classified as a category "denomination of controlled origin". And the President of Veneto, Luca Zaia, member of the Matteo Salvini League , draws red balls against Brussels. The latter, yet more moderate than Salvini, did not hesitate to declare: "What is the use of a Europe who does not defend the identity of the terroirs and who does not know the history of Prosecco?

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Symbol of Italian conviviality

The origins of Prosecco would go back to the first century BC and its name came from the vineyards of the Golf de Trieste, "Torre di Prosecco". But the Prosecco of our time is obviously incomparable to that of antiquity. It is a white wine with fine bubbles, both perennial and subtly fruity aromas, whose alcohol level does not exceed 12 degrees. It is preferably drunk the year following the harvest at a temperature of 6 degrees, and in a glass on foot, slightly flared. It is one of the greatest symbols of conviviality in the Italian. It is served as an aperitif or to accompany seafood, a pasta dish or fish. One of its benefits, very appreciable, it is its price because we can find a prosecco of excellent quality at less than 13 euros the bottle.

These bottles are selling as small breads in Italy and export all over the world. This makes it possible to understand a little better the anger of our transalpine cousins ​​against the Croatian Prošek which is in rival. Each year, more than 500 million bottles of Prosecco are produced 45% for export. It's really a specialty that represents Italian know-how in the viticulture sector and, of course, the charm of "Dolce Vita".

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