Wine & Food

    Della Vite Prosecco by the Delevigne sisters

    Is the new Delevingne Prosecco any good?

    14 September 2020

    So, another day and so another sleb-endorsed bottle of something fancy hits the shelves. The last couple of weeks have seen actor Brad Pitt launch his eye-wateringly pricy pink champagne Fleur de Miraval (at £290 a pop thanks very much); fellow thesp Idris Elba launch his Porte Noire Provencal rosé and blanc de blancs champagne and American rapper Snoop Dogg release his fruit-infused gin Indoggo.

    Post Malone (do keep up, he’s a rapper too) is doing the rounds promoting his Maison No.9 French rosé. Oh, and Aussie chanteuse Kylie Minogue has just expanded her range of pink wines too with the launch of her 2019 Kylie Minogue Côtes de Provence Rosé.

    The latest to cash in on this seems-like-money-for-old-rope-to-me bandwagon are the Three Graces of the gossip columns, the model/actress/socialite Delevingne sisters – Chloe, Poppy and Cara – with their Della Vite range of swanky prosecco from Italy.

    The initial release sees the Della Vite Prosecco Superiore (DOCG) in Selfridges and other selected outlets for £25 a bottle while the Della Vite Prosecco Treviso (DOC) will follow later this year with a price tag of £20. Neither should be confused, of course, with La Vita Prosecco which one can pick up at Marks & Sparks or Ocado for £7.

    The sisters have long spoken about starting a business together and Poppy Delevingne explains that “We were keen to find something that we could all really get behind and that was equally meaningful to each of us. Prosecco has always been our ritual, wherever we were in our lives, laughter and lifelong memories were made over cold glasses of Prosecco so it was the obvious perfect fit for us. We love Italian culture, food, tradition and history and wanted to create something that is authentic and spirited.”

    The sisters joined forces with the Biasiotto family whose winery, Foss Marai, is situated in the prime prosecco country of Valdobbiadene in Treviso, Veneto, and who are well known for the quality of their vino.

    As you know, prosecco is a sparkling wine made largely from the Glera grape using the so-called Tank Method or Charmat Process whereby the crucial secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks rather than the bottle. It’s quicker and cheaper than the Traditional or Champagne Method and some lovely wines are made this way.

    Is Della Vite lovely? Well, yes, actually it is, very lovely. The dark, frosted bottle with its gold writing is delightfully sleek and elegant as is the box in which it comes. And as for the wine, well, it’s darn tasty and no mistake. Crisp, clean and citrus-fresh, there’s plenty of crunchy apple fruit on the palate, a commendably fine and creamy mousse and a long finish that starts honeyed and off-dry but finishes perfectly dry. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was impressed. Indeed, all I wanted to do was drain the bottle.

    Is Della Vite worth the do-re-mi though? Twenty five quid is pretty steep when there are many other very fine sparklers out there for far less that are just as rewarding. How about the extremely toothsome Santa Tresa Il Frappato Brut Rosé NV from Sicily for £13.99? Or the Bisol ‘Jeio’ Prosecco for just £14.50? And if you fancy fizz made in the Champagne Method, what better than the Graham Beck Brut NV from South Africa for £14.99, the Cave de Viré, Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV for £16.80 and the utterly scrumptious Léon Beyer Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV for £18.25?

    And for just a little bit more you could grab one of my absolute favourite fizzes namely the Ambriel Classic Cuvée Brut NV from West Sussex for £28.95; the Ferrari Maximum Brut NV from Trentino for £28.36 and the sublime Henri Chauvet Blanc de Noirs Champagne Brut NV for £28.50.

    But, heck, we all know that by forking out twenty five smackers for a bottle of Della Vite you’re not just buying bubbles, you’re paying top dollar for the name behind the brand.

    It’s bloody good but very pricy. And whether the Delevingne girls can emulate super-sleb George Clooney who, along with his partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, sold his Casamigos tequila to Diageo for a cool $1 billion remains to be seen.