Prosecco is more widely available and less expensive than Champagne, but do you know where this bubbly drink comes from? Prosecco is named after the village of Prosecco, located in northeastern Italy. Wine from this area has been referred to as “prosecco” for at least 400 years. Early proseccos were sparkling wines made using ancestral methods; they were sweet and low in alcohol. The Charmat method, which was invented around the start of the 20th century, allowed prosecco batches to be more consistent and manufactured on a larger scale than ever before. Glera, the main grape used to make prosecco, was actually called “prosecco” until 2009; it was renamed as part of the creation of the Prosecco DOC. Since the Prosecco DOC was created, international consumption of prosecco has grown dramatically, and today it is one of the most popular wines in the world.