Sparkling Wine News

Sparkling Wine Grapes

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two grape varieties commonly blended together to produce sparkling wines and Champagne around the world. Pinot Meunier is sometimes added to enhance the character of the wine. Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grape varieties to be grown for the purpose of making wine from as early as the first century…

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Charles Palmer Vineyards

Charles Palmer Vineyards

Planted in 2006, the Charles Palmer exclusive 5 acre vineyard is fully south facing and sits on a bed of Kimmeridge clay just 5 metres above sea level, arguably putting it in the best place in England for growing and producing from its top quality Burgundy clone vines. The wine is produced from 100% estate…

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Bottega Gold Prosecco

Bottega Gold Prosecco

Bottega was established in 1977 by Aldo Bottega and was taken over by his son Sandro in 1983. The big nineteenth-century farmhouse in Italy is surrounded by 10 hectares of vineyards. During Autumn 2001 Bottega Gold was launched in a limited edition. Bottega Gold is a Prosecco Doc Brut sparkling wine, from the Glera grapes, grown…

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Sparkling Wine Production

Most sparkling wines go through two fermentations: one to turn the grape juice into still wine (the base wine) and the second to turn the base wine into sparkling wine. The second fermentation involves adding yeast and sugar to the base wine. The yeast converts the added sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2 Gas) bubbles. The…

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Bolney Wine Estate

Bolney Wine Estate

Bolney Wine Estate lies in an unrivalled position near the South Downs, with predominantly south facing sandstone slopes. We are specialist red wine producers, unique in the UK. We also specialise in rose, red and white sparkling wines, alongside others. All of our wines have won several awards including medals at The World’s Finest Glass…

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Gusbourne Estate

Gusbourne Estate is one of the most exciting and ambitious names in English wine. Located in the Garden of England in Kent at Appledore it is a two hundred hectare Estate on a single site with twenty hectares under vine cultivation with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. The entire estate consists of south-facing slopes….

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South African Sparkling Wines

South African Sparkling Wine

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. At one time Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town was considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. The first champagne method wines to be produced in South Africa came from the Simonsig estate…

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Australian Sparkling Wine

Australian sparkling wine production has come a long way in a very short period of time with several notable French Champagne houses investing in production. In just 200 years, Australia’s wine industry has grown from a few small plantings to an industry renowned throughout the world for quality, innovation and depth. In fact, Australia is consistently…

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Cremant

Cremant

Sparkling wines designated Cremant (“creamy”) were originally named because their lower carbon dioxide pressures were thought to give them a creamy rather than fizzy mouth-feel. The wines must also be aged for a minimum of one year. Though they may have full pressures today, they are still produced using the traditional method, and have to fulfill…

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