How Long to Chill Prosecco in the Fridge

  • 2022-10-24

Different types of alcohol will require different methods of storage in order for them to keep their best taste. There are many factors that you will have to take into consideration, such as if the alcohol is bubbly, best served cold, plus many more.

These factors are super important as you run the risk of potentially spoiling your chosen bottle of beverage by not following the proper storage guidance. A popular beverage of choice amongst many people is prosecco. Learning how to correctly store your bottle of prosecco can result in a much better taste when you decide to crack open a bottle or when you come to revisit it at a later date.

When buying prosecco, we recommend keeping it stored in a sideways/ horizontal position and placed in a location that is cool, dark and at a temperature between 10 and 15 degrees Celius. You should always keep it away from sources of light or heat as it can affect the overall taste of your Prosecco. This will keep it at its best when you decide to open and drink it.


What Types of Prosecco Are There?

When looking at different types of prosecco, you can split them into three different categories - sparkling, still and semi-sparkling. When you check out bottles of prosecco, you might find that this information isn’t on the label, but is often stated differently. It may be stated in ways such as:

  • Spumante - (Sparkling)
  • Frizzante - (Semi-Sparkling)
  • Tranquillo - (Still)

Sparkling prosecco is the most popular and the most iconic choice when it comes to prosecco. All prosecco is crafted with a minimum of 85% of grapes of the glera variety combined with a max of 15% of verdiso, blanchette, perera, glera lunga, chardonnay, and pinot grape varieties.

Not to confuse prosecco with champagne as they are different in some ways and have to be stored and treated differently too. champagne has a longer shelf life when it is unopened and also when it has been opened. If you decide to store your prosecco in the same conditions as champagne or vice versa, then you may be running the risk of spoiling your bottles.


How to Store Prosecco Before Opening

Storing your bottle of prosecco in an environment that is both dark and cool will ensure that it keeps its best taste and texture consistently during its time in storage. A common place to keep prosecco is inside your kitchen fridge. Keep your prosecco in the fridge, however, and you run the risk of the liquid being altered. This is due to the fridge's disturbances in vibrations from movement and light from the general opening and closing of a household refrigerator.

Another factor that could alter the flavour profile of your bottle of prosecco inside the household fridge is due to the change in the cork's conditions. This could decrease the amount of carbonation in the bottle due to changes in the gases inside the bottle as well as it being shaken up slightly from the fridge's movements, which also can affect your prosecco taste.

It is recommended that you store your unopened bottle of prosecco in a cold environment but somewhere that isn’t your kitchen fridge. Either a dedicated integrated or freestanding wine cooler would be the perfect location for keeping your prosecco bottles safe until you are ready to serve.

When you come to serve an unopened bottle of prosecco, you ideally want your bottle to drop down in temperature to around 6 and 8 degrees Celsius. This makes for the perfect serving temperature, that gets the bubbles in your drink just right.

Read below for more information on how to store your bottles of prosecco as well as other wine types with little to no hassle.


Store Your Prosecco in a Wine Cooler

If you are someone who is a wine connoisseur then one of the most sensible decisions that you can make is to invest in a high-quality wine cooler, to store your collection correctly. Instead of trying to find space and the ideal storage location in your home that is in the right conditions, why not cut the hassle and store your collection in the wine cooler?

Having your whole wine collection in one place and under the right conditions will stop you from worrying about the possibility of your wine and prosecco spoiling. Your prosecco will be ready to take out at any time and be served to family and friends.

Wine fridges can store your prosecco perfectly whilst successfully chilling your bottles to the serving temperature. To do this, many modern wine coolers come with the benefit of dual-temperature zones. This means you can store different types of wine separately at different ideal storage temperatures, but cleverly, all inside the same wine cooler.

You can find our wide range of high-quality wine coolers through our website, if you are looking for more help then feel free to contact our friendly support team who can guide you in the right direction!


Storing Prosecco After Opening

Once you have opened your bottle of prosecco but are unable to finish it in just one sitting, then you can store it away for another day. Many people make the mistake of throwing away an unfinished bottle of prosecco, usually because they don’t know how to store a bottle once it has been opened.

It’s crucial to follow the correct storage advice after opening your bottle of prosecco, especially if you have a sparkling bottle - as you will not want to lose any fizz. Failing to do so and you run the risk of losing the bubbles and therefore resulting in a loss of taste too.

A trick that many people swear by, is to store their bottle of prosecco upright in their fridge, with a metal spoon dangling from where the cork once was. The spoon inside the bottle is said to keep the neck of the bottle colder than it would without it. This creates an air plug above the bottle that can help stop gases from rising up and out of the bottle quickly, slowing down the bubble loss.

Keep your prosecco in the fridge once opened and keep the bottle as cold as possible, this will ensure that the bubbles stay fresh. We recommend that you do not keep your opened bottle of prosecco in the kitchen fridge for too long, ideally no longer than 2 days. This is because after a certain period of time regardless of the prevention measures you take, your prosecco will go flat and lose its original taste.