Common name in Italy (spumare = to foam) for a quality sparkling wine. According to EU regulations, these must have at least 3 bar of carbon dioxide pressure. Mistakenly, Prosecco is very often used as a synonym for Spumante or sparkling wine, but this DOC wine is mainly produced as sparkling wine, but also as still wine. There are many country-specific appellations, but only two of them are origin-protected. These are Champagne for products produced exclusively in Champagne in France and Cava in Spain.
Other non-origin-protected names are Sekt (Germany, Austria) and Crémant (outside Champagne), but these are also used in other countries. Sparkling or foaming wines of lower quality are called Frizzante or Vivace in Italy (in German-speaking countries semi-sparkling wine); however, this name is also used in other countries. For a complete list of all names, see the keyword Sparkling Wine.
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