With the holiday season fast approaching, there is more reason than ever to stock up on the bubbly magic that is sparkling wine. We have compiled a list of some of the different types of sparkling wine around the world. Gotta say, we love the sound of bottles popping!
The most popular of the sparkling wine category, Champagne, comes from, not surprisingly, the Champagne region of France. Three different types of grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, all go into making Champagne through a method called Champenoise. This is a must-have for your holiday dinners!
Characteristically known for its low amounts of carbon dioxide, Crémant is produced mostly in France. The lower amount of carbon dioxide gives this sparkling wine a creamier feel on the palate.
Using the Champenoise method, this Spanish sparkling wine comes either as a white or pink wine. The main difference between Cava and Champagne is the grapes used. Cava uses Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello, and Chardonnay. Can’t say we’ve turned down a glass of this juice before.
Espumante is the Portuguese sparkler of the group. Typically either made in the traditional method or the charmat method, there is a lower level of carbon dioxide in this sparkling wine. Don’t worry, there are still bubbles to celebrate with!
This type Italian sparkling wine is more on the sweet side, as it comes from muscat grapes. Originating from the region of Asti, this would be the perfect addition to your after-dinner activities. The only downside, low alcohol content of about 8%.
The most common of the Italian sparklers, Prosecco is a tad bit sweeter and drier than Champagne. It comes in lightly to fully sparkling versions. Celebrate and enjoy! We surely will.
Yes, another type of Italian sparkling wine. Trento Doc is known for its yellow, straw-like color. Using the methode traditionnelle, this sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The minimum alcohol content is 11%. It’s okay to keep some bottles hidden away for yourself. We won’t tell!
Found in both Germany and Austria, German Sekt uses Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc grapes. The cheaper versions use carbon dioxide injection methods, while the more premium brands utilize the methode traditionnelle. Austrian Sekt has a more golden color that can be seen from the Gruner Veltlines and Welschriesling grapes. Sounds yummy.
The varieties of this Hungarian sparkling wine vary greatly in the types of grapes used. We love a good surprise. This type of sparkling wine could make for a unique holiday dinner party pairing.
Also called the “Soviet Champagne”, this sparkling wine hails from Russia and has retained its nickname after the subsequent disintegration of the Soviet Union. Popular among the upper class in Russia, Sovetskoye Shampanskoye is also produced in the Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, and Belarus. “Na Zdorovie!”
If you want to impress your guests, this Australian red sparkling wine will surely do the job. Typical characteristics include sweet, dry, and tannic. Enjoy!
Methode Cap Classique
Using Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, Methode Cap Classique is a South African sparkling wine. Made in the traditional Champagne style, try something new this holiday season.
Customized sparkling wine bottles are perfect for events both large and small. Peruse our list of delicious wines and start planning the perfect design for your very own bottle today.