Cheers! You can now grow your own Prosecco at home

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Moya Crockett
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’Tis the season for sparkly dresses, advent calendars, and imbibing Prosecco at each and every available opportunity. And happily for us, there are currently more ways of getting our fizz fix than ever before. From Prosecco mince pies to tea flavoured with the stuff, this is the Christmas that bubbly really went pop.

And if you’re looking for a Christmas present for someone who always has a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge, you could do worse that a gift that allows them to replenish their stock whenever they like. (That ‘someone’, of course, can always be you.) Enter: a grow-your-own-Prosecco kit.

The £38 gift crate comes complete with a white grape vine that’s been specially chosen for its ability to survive and thrive in temperamental British weather conditions. Whether you live in a flat or a house with a sprawling back garden, you should be able to grow your own supply of the sparkly stuff – so long as you have somewhere to stick the pots in which the vines grow.

Produced by niche edible plant gift company The Gluttonous Gardener, the kit also comes complete with personalised labels, instructions on how to look after your precious vine, and a recipe for sparkling wine.

While most of the supplies to make your own wine can be found around the house, you’ll probably have to purchase some inexpensive additional items specially, including champagne yeast, a fermentation lock and a demijohn (a large glass container).

There’s just one downside. Grapes take between six and 18 months to ferment before they’re ready to be necked (or, um, sipped sophisticatedly) as a flute of Prosecco – so you’ll have to wait until next Christmas before you can sample the fruits of your labours.

While you wait, check out our guide to buying bubbles, featuring eight incredible Champagnes for under £30.

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