Could Cornwall hold answer to prosecco shortage?
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
It has been claimed that current supplies may only last for two months, after a 55 per cent increase in popularity in Britain alone last year. This is because the Italian tipple is seen as a much more affordable and often more enjoyable alternative to the champagnes from France.
The weather has had a big effect on the current crops in Italy, and combined with the deals being focussed on it in supermarkets, costs are set to rise, with availability dropping.
Grape yields have been increased, but this is not set to affect the market until late in 2016, with the new harvest set to come at a more premium price. According to an Italian produce of wine, a global shortage is seen as a real possibility, as yields in some regions were down as much as 50 per cent in 2014.
The sparkling wine gains its name from the Italian village of Prosecco, which is located near Trieste. The sudden surge in popularity led the wine to be named as the world's favourite sparkling wine in 2013, after outselling champagne! Prosecco sold 307 million bottles, whereas champagne could only manage 304 million.
Cornwall may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to wine, but the wine industry is on the rise across the region, with a number of local winemakers offering their own sparkling wines which you can use for your celebratory toast instead! Bosue vineyards located just a short distance from our Fowey hotel currently have an award-winning sparkling white, while Camel Valley near Bodmin is also well known for their sparkling wines. With a number of great winemakers here in Cornwall, there's no need to worry at all!
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