Pierazzo da Feltre, honorably mentioned among the finalists in our wine writing competition, reports on the polarisation that is taking place in Proseccoland, the subject of one of his competition entries. We thought it a suitable antidote to Jancis’s more jaundiced comments on Prosecco on Saturday in Champagne – losing its fizz?

Part 1 – Prosecco then and now

This piece is different. I usually try to be non-technical, because I love amateurs, not technicians. An amateur is someone who ‘passionately loves’ a thing, a technician is a ‘very skilled worker’. I hate working, I love passion: welcome to Italy. This time I have to make an exception because I have to convey, as a direct witness, the way Prosecco is changing, so I will be compelled to use some technical words and concepts which I wouldn’t use while relaxing outside the Bar Centrale with friends.

I live in the Asolo DOCG Prosecco Superiore zone. Our territory is, along with the most famous Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore appellation, the premier cru territory inside the greater DOC Prosecco, which covers….