Semi-sparkling wine - trendy and modern
Semi-sparkling wine had a niche existence for a long time, was hardly in demand. Only by the fresh wave of Italian Seccos, like the Prosecco Frizzante, the German winegrowers woke up and worked hard to enchant the palates with high-quality semi-sparkling wine and wonderful lightness. Semi-sparkling wine does not impose itself, has more carbon dioxide than a still wine, but definitely less than a sparkling wine. A Secco Frizzante harmonizes as an aperitif, as an airy pleasure, as an alcoholic companion for illustrious groups. Before the fun begins, however, many pleasure-oriented lovers of fine taste wonder where the difference between semi-sparkling wine, sparkling wine and Chamapgne lies.
The production process of fine semi-sparkling wines
Semi-sparkling wine is clearly defined and stands out from its relatives in particular through its carbonic acid content. As a semi-foaming wine with at least 7% vol., Secco may have a carbonic acid overpressure between 1 and max. 2.5 bar at 20°C. Everything above is considered sparkling wine. The slightly tingly semi-sparkling wine is therefore not subject to the sparkling wine tax, but may not be marketed in bottles and designs similar to sparkling wine or champagne. It is obvious that semi-sparkling wine is very different from sparkling wine. This begins with the fermentation of the wine. As with still wine, the endogenous acid disappears, but in the case of semi-sparkling wine, it is collected and added back to the wine after fermentation. This process is known as the impregnation process. Alternatively, the winegrower may add artificial carbon dioxide, also known as exogenous acid, to the wine, but this must be clearly marked on the label as sparkling wine with added acidity. The full range of the german semi-sparkling wine designations includes:
- Perlwein mit zugesetzter Säure ( Semi-sparkling wine with added acidity)
- Perlwein (Semi-sparkling wine)
- Perlwein mit geografischer Angabe (Semi-sparkling wine with geographical indication)
- Qualitätsperlwein aus bestimmten Anbaugebieten (Quality semi-sparkling wine from certain growing areas)
The difference between semi-sparkling wine and sparkling wine
- Overpressure between 1 and 2.5 bar at 20°C
- At least 7% vol.
- Not subject to the german Schaumweinsteuer (Tax for sparkling wine)
- Semi-sparkling wine variants: Prosecco Frizzante, Secco
- Overpressure of at least 3 bar at 20°C
- At least 9.5% vol.
- Subject to the german Schaumweinsteuer ( Tax for sparkling wine) with 136€/hl, this corresponds to 1,02€ per liter
- Sparkling wine variants: champagne, sparkling wine, crémant, cava, prosecco spumante
Sparkling Wine Tax in Germany
This excise duty shall apply to all sparkling wines with a stopper fixed by a holding device or having an excess pressure of at least 3 bar at 20°C due to dissolved carbon dioxide. The semi-sparkling wine does not meet either of these criteria and is therefore exempt from the sparkling wine tax. This is also the reason why sparkling wines and Seccos are often less expensive than sparkling wine or champagne.
Interesting facts about semi-sparkling wine
What is semi-sparkling wine?
Semi-sparkling wine is a wine enriched with carbon dioxide. The CO² content may only be between 1 and a maximum of 2.5 bar at 20 C. A sparkling wine is characterised by a filigree perlage and a fine sweetness.
What is the ideal drinking temperature for semi-sparkling wines?
The perfect drinking temperature for semi-sparkling wines is between 6 and 8°C.
What about the shelf life of semi-sparkling wine?
Semi-sparkling wines are already at the peak of their maturity when you buy them. Thus, the sparkling wine can be enjoyed immediately. For a short storage period - about 1 year - place the Secco Frizzante upright in a cool and dark place.
How long does an open bottle of semi-sparkling wine last?
A semi-sparkling wine can last up to 3 days after opening, whereby the carbon dioxide has long since evaporated.
What goes well with semi-sparkling wine?
Semi-sparkling wine and Secco Frizzante are ideal as aperitifs with brunch, breakfast, dessert, cakes and pastries. Semi sparkling wine also impresses solo in summer and on public holidays.
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