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The Great Prosecco Crisis of 2015


We may be facing a prosecco shortage.

After a poor and overly rainy harvest last year, production of Prosecco has gone down 50% in areas of the Congeliano and Valdobbiadene regions of northern Italy.

Prosecco sales have skyrocketed in recent years, with imports of the sparkling wine growing by more than 33% year over year since 2013. It has rapidly become the evening drink of choice for a swath of young Millennials who often down several glasses before moving on to cocktails you’ve never heard of.

Psychological trauma hotlines have seen a significant uptick in evening calls since the pending shortage was announced, as twenty-somethings across the country come to grips with the situation.

To make matters worse, some stocks of Prosecco already on the market are now being recalled after some bottles have been exploding on shelves. The Wine Society has recalled more than 15,000 bottles over fears that the bottles may continue to break.

The combination of shortage and recall has left many reeling, despite many bar owners’ attempts to backfill their stocks with Cava and Cremant de Loire.

By Alder, Vinography blog