With prosecco having long-overtaken champagne in the popularity stakes, at this time of year sales of the fizzy tipple are set to soar.

Andrew Riding, drinks experience manager at Waitrose Wine Tasting at Home says: "Prosecco is a sparkling wine. The main differences between this and Champagne are the locations, the grapes used for production and how the wines are made. Champagne must come from the Champagne region in north-east France, while prosecco comes from the Veneto region in north-east Italy."

In terms of quality, there is prosecco DOC. This area covers both Veneto and Friuli. Then there is prosecco DOCG, a higher quality region where the fruit for the wine is grown on steep slopes between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

The main grapes used in the production of champagne are chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, whereas for prosecco it’s the glera grape, previously known as the prosecco grape.

Champagne is made by the méthode traditionelle; a labour-intensive process where the bubbles are created during a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The secondary fermentation for prosecco takes place in large stainless steel tanks and this process is referred to as the charmat method. These differences in production have a direct impact on the taste and price of the end product.

Typically, prosecco wines have a slightly higher level of residual sugar than champagne making them light and fruity. It’s this easily approachable style that has seen approximately 85 million bottles sold in 2016.

With this in mind, our testers put some of the best prosecco on the market to the test. Each bottle was judged on appearance, taste, the overall experience and value.

All of the bottles were tested by more than six testers to account for the subjectivity of the individual taste-bud and preference.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. 

Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV treviso, pasqua: £11.99, Majestic

Vibrant and bursting with colour, the design of this bottle alone is enough to make it a hit.

Interestingly, although located around 100km west of Treviso, the romantically inspiring city of Verona is where Pasqua was founded in 1925, as well as providing the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Pale in colour and light to drink, this prosecco offered exactly the right combination of smooth bubbles and subtle taste. 

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Sainsbury's conegliano prosecco, 75cl: £10, Sainsburys​

A stylish bottle containing a crisp, smooth prosecco which is the perfect blend of delicate fruity flavours combined with the freshness of citrus. A lot of our testers commented on how easy this was to drink, and the fact that it was zesty and refreshing.

The flavour was neither too sweet nor too dry. And the price means it’s guilty-free!

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Bottega rose gold prosecco, 75cl: £19.49, Drink Supermarket

This iridescent pink metallic-effect bottle is certainly a show stopper! One of the testers was concerned about the garish appearance, only to be quickly revoked by the others who concurred it was the perfect gift for birthdays and hen dos.

Indeed, it’s not just the bottle that’s pink, the prosecco itself is rose. With a delicate hint of berries, it’s fresh and enjoyable to drink on a night out or during afternoon tea, rather than with a meal.

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Hotel Chocolat classic prosecco: £18, Hotel Chocolat

Light-yellow in colour and refreshing on the palette, our testers found this refreshingly dry and incredibly easy to drink. It went well as an accompaniment to mince pies and chocolate, as well as savoury snacks. Can be purchased on its own or as part of a Hotel Chocolat hamper.

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Lot Folletto D’oro prosecco DOCG: £9.99, Aldi

You could freely fool dinner guests into thinking you had paid substantially more for this incredibly stylish looking bottle. This fruity flavoured prosecco contains a hint of apple and peach and testers commented on the gentle bubbles and pleasant after-taste. 

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Princess.P black premium prosecco: £17 for one bottle, or £44.50 a month for two bottles if you subscribe, Princess.P

Sourced directly from a family vineyard in Italy, Princess.P black premium prosecco is created using no animal by-products. Consequently, it’s vegan friendly and organic.

While many wines are made using fining agents such as milk protein, gelatine, egg whites and isinglass (made from the swim bladders or fish), this is made using only a natural earth clay or vegetable protein in the fining process. 

Testers remarked on the lovely delicate bubbles. Dry but fruity in taste, it was delightful!

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Prosecco spumante conegliano: £7.99, Lidl

From the Veneto region of Italy, this prosecco looked stylish and tasted fresh and fruity. It had a nice aftertaste that wasn’t too overpowering and was described as very "drinkable" by the testers. 

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Martini prosecco: £6, Asda 

Don’t be put off by the look of the bottle, if you’re searching for something sweet and cheap this is ideal. Fruity and fizzy, our testers thought this was a great cost-effective party prosecco.

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Tesco Finest prosecco valdobbiadene: £10, Tesco 

Fizzy, zesty and refreshing. Sourced from vineyards on the Valdobbiadene Hill in the heart of Prosecco, this prosecco went down well with testers who thought it would be perfect for a drinks reception. 

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Abbazia atmosphere prosecco, 75cl: £9.99 (or £8.99 each when you buy six), Drink Supermarket

Our testers observed the unusual shaped bottle and the design on the front which appeared somewhat mysterious and alluring. Not to be disappointed when we popped the cork, this prosecco was fruity and floral but not too heavy. 

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San Leo prosecco brut: £6.99, Waitrose Cellar

With an air of sophistication, this bottle looks good. Our testers unanimously agreed that the prosecco was a great drinking experience. Smooth and bubbly, it was slightly dry, fresh and not too sweet so you could drink glass after glass.

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Prosecco di valdobbiadene: £15.95, The Bottle Club

Fresh, crisp and delicately floral, this prosecco isn’t too sweet. It’s it a definite crowd-pleaser if you’re willing to pay a bit more.  

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Moonpig personalised prosecco: £22, Moonpig

Novelty factor is what gives this prosecco its standout feature. The price includes the cost of personalising the bottle with a message to the recipient. If that doesn’t appear to the inner narcissist in us all, then the light, bubbly prosecco will. 

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Sacchetto prosecco superiore col de l’utia 2017: £17.49, Naked Wines

First impressions are there’s something a bit different about this prosecco. The combination of the white foil and abstract leaf design on the bottle create an air of individuality.

Once the cork was popped our testers enjoyed the fruity, zesty taste and smooth texture. It felt light and not too dry or sweet. In fact, just right! 

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Intervino personalised prosecco magnum: £45, Not On The Highstreet

Impressive is an understatement! This personalised Prosecco Magnum from Intervino certainly makes an impact. The label looks stylish and sophisticated. The contents are light, fresh and easy on the palette.

You can add your chosen name and message of up to 60 characters to the label, ensuring this is a perfect gift for weddings, birthdays, or to celebrate any special occasion. There’s also the option of adding an engraved wooden gift box for an additional £15.

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The verdict: Prosecco bottles

Prosecco Romeo & Juliet NV treviso from Majestic looks stylish, sophisticated, fun and bursting with colour. The contents of the bottle do not disappoint, and our testers agreed that this prosecco is incredible drinkable and reasonably priced to enjoy with dinner or for a celebratory drink.

A close second was the Sainsbury's conegliano prosecco, which was unanimously popular and great value if you’re hosting a drinks reception.

Or if you’re looking for a something a bit more unique, the Bottega rose gold prosecco is an enjoyable rose prosecco which is guaranteed to get the party started.

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