Prosecco is something we’ll always cheer to. A dry sparkling white wine imported from Europe, both prosecco and Champagne can be mentioned in the same breath. But what really differentiates the two? The source for all things wine, Decanter, lays out the most important differences between the two, noting that prosecco, like Champagne, originates from a specific wine-growing region, albeit in Italy. Located in the northeast region of the peninsula, the Veneto region cultivates only one grape for prosecco — the Glera grape. While Champagne can be made from a few different grape varieties, prosecco must be made from this specific type. Decanter attributes the Glera grape to giving prosecco a remarkably fruity aroma that differs from the more citrus-leaning Champagne.

As per Decanter, prosecco wines are also cultivated in a larger tank and then bottled, whereas Champagne is fermented in each individual bottle. This has two major effects on the wine. First, when cultivated in a larger receptacle, the wine comes into less direct contact with the fermenting agent. This gives prosecco a much drier, less bread-oriented flavor profile than Champagne. Presumably, this method also results in prosecco’s considerably cheaper price tag compared to individually crafted, artisanal Champagne. Nonetheless, for those looking for a more budget-friendly but still high-quality wine when breaking out the bubbly, prosecco is the perfect choice. And we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite proseccos that make the best stand-in for Champagne.

1. Mionetto Prestige Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut

Mionetto is an Italian winemaker that was first founded all the way back in 1887, so they certainly have a long tradition of wine-making under their belt. Nonetheless, this brand has sought to keep up with current trends and to reach out to the modern prosecco drinker. Their Prestige Collection seeks to modernize the historic brand, not only showcasing a sleek design, but creating a truly wonderful contemporary prosecco experience.

The winemaker describes their Prestige Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut as striking a balance between the key elements that define a good prosecco. It features fruity notes, such as white peach and golden apple, with a pleasant acidic twist and refreshing fizz. The company suggests that this wine does just fine on its own as an apéritif or even served in a cocktail, like an Aperol Spritz. The company also notes that this prosecco can really make young cheeses pop if you’re looking for a snack pairing (we recommend Italian cheeses, of course). And the best part is, at the time of writing, one bottle of Mionetto Prestige Prosecco retails for less than $10, according to Total Wine.

2. LaLuca Prosecco DOC Treviso

LaLuca Prosecco DOC Treviso is a wonderfully refreshing variety that the winemaker describes as having a bold orchard fruit aroma, apple and pear flavors, as well as a more laid-back sweetness. American liquor distributors, like Turnt Liquors, also note that the wine has a slightly mineral taste that effectively stops the prosecco from being too sweet.

The LaLuca Prosecco is certainly one that has earned its flowers, and over on Vivino reviewers praise the wine as being toast-worthy, whether in intimate or large parties. The wine-review site also notes that LaLuca Prosecco is a particularly mid-range choice, and typically costs around $17 per bottle, as of February 2023. The LaLuca winery maintains that their prosecco is a showstopper on its own, but should you be looking to pair the wine, LaLuca suggests that light and creamy desserts like cinnamon rice pudding, or earthy pasta dishes like potato and cheese tortellini, make well-suited matches. Vivino also weighs in and recommends pairing the wine with cured meats and vegetable dishes, which would make for a rather elevated charcuterie board night.

3. Cantine Maschio Extra Dry

Cantine Maschio markets itself as a brand that’s completely modern in style, but down to the roots and traditional when it comes to making the finest Prosecco around. Their Extra Dry Prosecco is a fine affair worth indulging in. The winemakers describe this Prosecco as carrying lovely, blossoming notes of both fruits and flowers. When pouring a glass of this bubbly, you’ll be enchanted by hints of apricot and honeysuckle, among bright flavor notes. It seems that the beauty of their wine is no secret, and this particular bottle has earned numerous accolades including The Prosecco Masters 2021 gold medal. Truly, if there’s a prosecco to masterfully enjoy, it’s this one!

As the name implies, this prosecco is not extremely sweet, but rather slightly cutting. We recommend pairing it with shellfish or even a smorgasbord of appetizers when the mood, and hunger, strikes. In the realm of prosecco, this bottle tends to be mid-range, with prices ranging from around $12 to $20 on Wine Searcher in February 2023.

4. Carpenè-Malvolti Extra Dry 1868

Carpenè-Malvolti Extra Dry 1868 Prosecco is some of the finest prosecco around, having been cultivated through one of the oldest wine-making families of Italy, according to Decanter. But it’s not just name recognition that makes this prosecco stand out in a crowd. This particular prosecco is exceptionally fizzy with refreshing floral aromas and a crisp finish. Suffice to say, this particular prosecco, is especially well-rounded. Multiple reviewers on Drizly praise the sparkling wine for its tasty notes of apple and even peaches. All in all, most reviewers agreed that this the Carpenè-Malvolti Extra Dry 1868 is a fantastic prosecco.

Wine Searcher suggests pairing this particular prosecco with pork to make an excellent meal. Meanwhile, Drizly maintains that dry proseccos, such as this one, make for a magnificently vibrant mimosa. In the landscape of proseccos, the Carpenè-Malvolti is slightly more expensive and tends to average around $20 per bottle — but it’s worth every penny.

5. Belletti NV Extra Dry Prosecco

For a lot of people Aldi is the grocery store where money is saved and dreams come true. And in states where alcohol can legally be sold, wine-loving Aldi shoppers should keep their eyes peeled for Belletti NV Extra Dry Prosecco, which the grocer describes as having both peach and pear notes with a zesty citrus edge.

The wine resource Tastings weighs in that this particular prosecco has aromas and notes of straw, apple, and even underripe banana. The site also notes that some may be able to detect a slight pear or orange flavor to the sparkling wine. The site assures that this prosecco is one-of-a-kind and makes for some easy drinking.

While Belletti Prosecco can be enjoyed on its own, that isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of amazing food pairings for this sparkling white. Tastings suggests chicken-oriented dishes to pair with the wine, such as a rotisserie chicken or Cobb salad. Aldi agrees that chicken dishes do well with this prosecco, but also suggests creamy pasta dishes as well as spicy Asian-inspired recipes, such as sweet and sour pork belly.

6. Fascino Organic Prosecco

The concept of organic food and drink has become a major selling point for many consumers, and organic wines have become an important product for those who prefer to eat and drink as clean and natural as possible, from what they start their morning with to what they toast with at night. And for those looking to celebrate organically, the Fascino Organic Prosecco is among the best you can get. True to the organic and sustainable mindset, this wine even comes in a reusable bottle (per Drizly).

Fascino Organic Prosecco is described by Botter as being extremely aromatic with complex floral notes. It’s a delicate sip, but extremely well-balanced, and with a lingering aftertaste. Botter makes the point to note, however, to not overwhelm this subtler prosecco, and to only enjoy it on its own or with lighter appetizers and fish dishes. As per Drizly, a bottle of Fascino Organic Prosecco usually runs about $15 as of February 2023.

7. Bisson Glera Frizzante

Bisson’s Glera Frizzante is one of the more complex proseccos on this list, and may not be everyone’s cup of tea — or glass of wine, that is. But for those who favor a bolder sip, this is absolutely the perfect choice. As Astor Wines notes, Bisson Glera Frizzante has notes of apple and floral aromas that tend to characterize this prosecco. However, as the liquor store clarifies, this particular sparkling wine is much drier than the average prosecco, and has a mineral edge to it that’s much more prominent than other brands.

Nonetheless, this prosecco delivers all of this well and has garnered some seriously rave reviews on Vivino. Fans of Glera Frizzante praise the prosecco for being crisp and refreshing the way really only sparkling white wine can be. Astor Wines recommends some uncommon pairings for this unique wine, suggesting that smoked fish would be both the bold and perfect fit, along with younger cheeses, or a light salad. At the date of writing, one bottle of Bisson Glera Frizzante cost just under $20, according to Vivino.

8. Adami Bosco di Gica Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut N.V.

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region is heralded as one of the finest prosecco producing regions in Italy, which is perhaps why the proseccos from here are referred to as prosecco superiore. Wine Tourism credits the area’s vast amount of sunshine and hilly landscape with excellent soils for grape cultivation. The site notes that the ground in this region is a unique mix of glacial and marine soils, which creates a landscape that allegedly produces especially sweet grapes. This particular region has been a place of wine cultivation since ancient times and nowadays is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site for what it has contributed to human civilization. Wines from this region tend to be full of flavor and even a bit of spice.

Fittingly, Vivino notes that impressively-named Adami Bosco di Gica Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut is among the finest wines out there, ranking in the top 7% of its global wine catalogue. This prosecco has the apple and citrus notes that define the Italian sparkling wine, along with more subtle, unique notes of mineral and honey. Reviewers on Vivino comment that this is a particularly intense prosecco with heavy bubbles and full body. Simply put, this is a prosecco best enjoyed on its own, though for those who are craving a little crunch, a simple amuse bouche will do. According to Vivino, one bottle of Bosco di Gica will cost around $20 as of February 2023.

9. Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore N.V.

Prosecco from Costco? There are crazier things out there, and as it turns out, Kirkland Signature’s Asolo Prosecco Superiore N.V. isn’t really crazy — it’s good! Kirkland Signature’s purple label promises to deliver all the things that make prosecco great for around $10, according to Vivino. Reviewers on the site seem to be just as surprised that Costco can deliver a stand-up sparkling wine for such a low price, and maintain that for the cost alone, it’s a good, if not great, prosecco option. While some commented that this particular prosecco may be a bit on the sweeter side, it does make for a glorious addition to a Bellini or twist on a French 75.

According to Liquor Laboratory, there is a bit of a caveat. Kirkland Signature prosecco only contains around 85% Glera grapes (the variety typically used for prosecco cultivation), featuring a mixture of wine grapes for the remaining 15%. For those who are looking for a traditional prosecco experience, this may be a dealbreaker. Although, for die-hard Costco fans who are looking to get a deal on wine, this may just be the perfect option.

10. Santa Marina Prosecco Rosé

Rosé may feel like nothing more than a trendy blip in the wine world, but it’s actually been around for ages. Prosecco rosé has even been dated all the way back to the 19th century, according to the Prosecco DOC Consortium. In that sense, rosé is really a tried and true staple of the wild and wonderful world of wines, and prosecco rosé is a wine tradition worth holding.

And if you’re looking for a sweet and bright prosecco rosé to try, the Santa Marina Prosecco Rosé is truly a summer delight. Wine retailer Barique’s Market describes this pink wine as having the aroma of raspberries and strawberries with a light floral note. All of this extreme freshness is rounded off with a tantalizing crispness that is sure to break through any hot summer night. When it comes to this prosecco, the best advice is to not clip its wings! Pair it with equally light delights, like a fruit salad, or perhaps for those who have a sweeter tooth, a heavenly strawberry shortcake. At the time of writing, Santa Marina Prosecco Rosé sells for around $11.

11. Ruffino Prosecco DOC

Ruffino Prosecco DOC is a what the Handy Wine Guide describes as an extra dry wine, making it especially great for fizzy and sharp drinks like a fruity spritz or even a black velvet, for those who are looking for something a little more heavy-handed. This particular prosecco is intended to be extra crisp, with noticeable and bold fruit flavors followed by subtle floral aromas and a pleasant fizz. While this may seem intense, Drizly maintains that Ruffino’s prosecco makes for an especially crisp and refreshing mimosa.

The Handy Wine Guide maintains that this is the kind of flavor profile that is not only refreshing, but also pairs nicely with cocktails as well as all sorts of foods. An especially inspiring suggestion from the website is to pair this prosecco with pizza. Pizza and prosecco? Don’t mind if we do. After all, it just makes sense to combine two of Italy’s finest exports. And there are all sorts of wonderful and innovative pizza recipes out there to compliment the artisanal wine. As of February 2023, one bottle of Ruffino Prosecco cost around $12 at Total Wine.

12. Sanfeletto Gastaldo Prosecco Tranquillo

Who knew that prosecco could be tranquil, but here we are with the wonderfully named Sanfeletto Gastaldo Prosecco Tranquillo. Harvested in the heartland of all fine proseccos, one of the wine’s U.S. distributors, Enoteca Vino Nostro, notes that this is a fine prosecco to consider when looking for the best. The site describes this particular prosecco as delicate, yet full in flavor and punctuated with floral notes of wisteria and acacia. The grapes for tranquillo proseccos are harvested later than other wines, which gives this type of prosecco a distinctly sweeter flavor. As one may be able to deduce from the name, tranquillo proseccos are lighter, with noticeably softer bubbles.

For those who want all of the flavor of prosecco, but with a more delicate texture, this is the right wine to turn to. Like most proseccos, this bottle pairs exceptionally well with soft cheeses and even spring vegetables like asparagus. For those perhaps looking to add a light touch to their meals, this prosecco could add a wonderful layer, or pairing, to a mushroom risotto. At the date of writing, this particular bottle of prosecco is available for about $22.