Champagne & Sparkling Wines

France has long been noted as the producer of the King of sparkling wines, Champagne, the name taken from the region in which the grape is grown. The grapes, typically Pinot and Chardonnay, are fermented in the same way as other wines and there is a second fermentation with added yeast and sugars. The Champagne is then aged for a minimum of 1 year and syrup added in the final stages of production. This process is called the M├ęthode Champenoise. Although there has been much history written around the exclusivity of Champagne it is fair to say that the Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco and more recently English Sparkling Wines have all started to rival Champagne in terms of consistency and quality. These Sparkling Wines are mainly produced from the same variety of grape as Champagne and mirrored methods.