The Complete Nozeco Review. Nozeco vs Prosecco


Nozeco rose and nozeco white i bought and drank for this review along with a coop prosecco
Nozeco vs Prosecco

Italy is now the number one producer of Sparkling wines in the world, with a 27% market share, equating to some 660million bottles a year produced!

Needless to say, that rockets Prosecco as the main Italian DOC to number one Sparkling wine style in the world. The Prosecco success train just keeps going with about 500million bottles produced a year.

On that backdrop, it is not hard to see why someone wants to produce a non alcoholic version. This is especially so as the non alcoholic wine market is going at 11% a year as well.

How does “Nozeco” non alcoholic wine compare vs a real Prosecco, they have first mover advantage.

You can check out the white version and the rose version prices on Amazon now by clicking through on the links.

Is it Nozeco or Nosecco?

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You might have heard of “Nosecco” previously or think that a better name for a no alcohol prosecco would be “nosecco”. The company certainly did and it started out life and on the shelves as Nosecco.

The UK High Court made a ruling in 2020 that the Nosecco name infringed on the DOC of Prosecco. They felt that the use of ‘Nosecco’ created a “sufficiently serious risk” that consumers would be deceived regarding its geographical origin (i.e. that consumers would erroneously believe that ‘Nosecco’ had been produced by the makers of ‘Prosecco’, as an alcohol-free alternative.

So “Nozeco” was born and we all move on with our lives!

What is a Prosecco?

Prosecco is the Italian version of France’s Champagne or Spain’s Cava. It is a white wine and Prosecco is designated a Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC). That means it is produced in a certain area under certain conditions and also means the name is protected (see Nosecco case above). It is produced in the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions of Italy.

The main grape variety is glera, which has to make up 85% plus, of the total grapes in the wine. Prosecco can be can be labeled as spumantefrizzante or tranquillo (still) and best served chilled in a tulip glass.

My top pick for a Prosecco/Nozeco tulip glass is from Riedel. Riedel are my favourite glassware provider for any drink really. You can check out their tulip glass on Amazon by clicking this link

Prosecco sweetness

Prosecco comes in 3 sweetness levels…

  • Brut
  • Extra Dry
  • Dry

These are their corresponding sugar levels.

SweetnessSugar Content
Brut0-12g sugar per litre
Extra Dry12-17 sugar per litre
Dry17-32 sugar per litre
Prosecco sweetness levels

The Tasters

As usually i have roped in anyone and everyone. There is myself of course, my wife and 2 of her friends Vicky and Rachel.

The Sparkling White Nozeco

First up the Nozeco Non Alcoholic. Sparkling White. The bottle looks the part and i have high hopes, let’s see how it delivers on a nutrition and tasting front.

Nutrition

VariableNozeco Sparkling WhiteProsecco
Alcohol0.5% ABV11% ABV
Calories20kcal per 100ml60kcal per 100ml
Carbohydrate5g per 100mlNot on label
Of which sugar5g per 100ml1.1g
Nozeco vs Prosecco

So the Nozeco has 1/3 of the calories but a higher sugar content. Will it taste notably sweeter? The Nozeco has a lot more sugar than even the sweetest (Dry) Prosecco would have.

The Look

Fine white colour with good amount of fizzy, the fizz kept going for a long time.

The Aroma

Not huge amounts on the nose, it smell sweet. I go some elderflower and floral notes.

The Taste

There is a slightly strange start on the palate, it is hard to place. It goes away and you are left with a sweet bubbly drink that doesn’t necessarily scream Prosecco to you.

The feedback was that this is quite a nice drink but it tastes more like a sparkling elderflower cordial than a Prosecco. One fo the tasters felt it was just too syrupy and not a “adult drink”. It reminded her more of a sparkling grape drink.

The Verdict

It tasted more like a sparkling cordial than a Prosecco. It was the least favourite of the tasting party. Its not unpleasant its just not the Prosecco substitute we were after.

The Score

6.5/10 – It was the least favourite of the tasting party

The Sparkling Rose Nozeco

On to the Rose now. The white was a mild disappointment so can the rose rescue the brand for Nozeco or is it an avoid all round?

Nutrition

VariableNozeco Sparkling RoseProsecco
Alcohol0.5% ABV12% ABV
Calories20kcal per 100ml60kcal per 100ml
Carbohydrate5g per 100mlNot on label
Of which sugar5g per 100ml1.1g
Nozeco Rose vs Prosecco

The Rose has the same nutritional information so 1/3 of the calories but a higher sugar content. Will it taste notably sweeter? The Nozeco Rose has a lot more sugar than even the sweetest (Dry) Prosecco would have.

The Look

A lovely light pink/rose colour with good amount of fizzy, the fizz kept going for a long time.

The Aroma

There is a little bit more about the nose on this version. As you would expect, there is some more red fruit smells along with the sweetness. It is enticing you in to taste more than the white.

The Taste

The taste is immediately much nicer than the white. That strange taste at the start has gone and been replaced by a very pleasant peach and strawberry note.

My other tasters concurred. They got flavours of red fruits, peach and despite having the exact same sugar content it somehow didn’t taste as sweet. Perhaps there was more structure and flavour to wrap that sweetness around so it wasn’t just as in your face as the white.

The Verdict

3 of the 4 tasters picked this as the winner. It felt more subtle, had more flavours, not so one demential and you could drink a lot more of this than the other 2, especially vs the Nozeco White

The Score

8/10. A clear winner

Nozeco vs Prosecco

My tasting party felt the order was…

  1. Nozeco Rose Sparkling Non Alcoholic
  2. Prosecco
  3. Nozeco White Sparkling Non Alcoholic

There was not a huge amount of taste difference, the Nozeco’s tasted sweeter but the Rose held it better. When you have to replace alcohol mouthfeel and body, it is much easier for a sparkling wine to do it with bubbles and some sugar than a red wine can.

We felt this is a very good alternative to Prosecco for any occasion. Ive detailed many reasons why you should try non alcoholic wine which you can read here. I find that especially in the Christmas party season, the fact you cant get drunk on it so can drink and drive and there is a big calorie saving. Again you can click on those links to see the full article.

Where to buy

You can check out the white version and the rose version prices on Amazon now by clicking through on the links.

You can buy these in may UK supermarkets like Tesco

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Review Overview
Score
SUMMARY

The Rose Nozeco was the clear winner with a pretty good overall score of 4/5. I would buy again.

4.0

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