What Is Spumante?
24th June 2020
When you think about Sparkling Wine from countries like Italy, Spain and France, you think of Prosecco, Cava and Champagne, but there are more Sparkling Wines to explore in these countries, rather than just from these regions, for this article I am going to focus on Spumante from Italy.
What is Spumante?
Spumante is a classification of Italian Sparkling Wine, Spumante can be produced in any area of Italy with any grape variety, it also has two different production methods, including both the Classic Champenoise Method and the Charmat Method.
Spumante is an Italian word which translates into English as Sparkling Wine.
Basically, by putting Spumante on your bottle of Italian Sparkling Wine it means that your Wine is Sparkling, to put Spumante on your bottle, you don’t need to have grown it in a certain region, with certain grapes or even used a certain fermentation method, as long as it’s grown and produced in Italy, you can put it on your label, even bottles of Prosecco can put Spumante on their labels.
5 Italian Spumante Sparkling Wines
Vino Cooperativo Abruzzo – Vin.Co Spumante Bianco Extra Dry – Italy
VIN.CO Spumante Bianco Extra Dry – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Burnt oak with a touch of sweet sherbert on the aroma.”
Flavour – “A sweeter taste of ripe apricot and floral flavours.”
This Italian Sparkling Wine won a Bronze Medal in the Forget Me Not Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
VIN.CO has the goal of bottling 5% of the total Sparkling Wines produced in Abruzzo in the next 5 years, their 11 million euro Sparkling Wine plant will definitely help them produce larger quantities, they have currently cultivated 7,500 hectares and produced 1.6 million hectoliters of wine.
Societa Agricola Bruscia Bru’ Blanc – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “A combined burst of green fruits with garden mint and a hint of spice on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Soft and smooth as soon as it enters your mouth, with hints of garden mint, a spicy touch and a gentle citrus finish.”
This Italian Sparkling Wine won a Gold Medal in the Hint of Spice Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
Started in the first half of the 19th century in Italy, with an 800 square meter cellar and 50 hectares of land, The Bruscia Winery produces both still and Sparkling Wine, they grow their grapes organically, they also practice organic farming because, in their words, ‘we want to respect nature and not pollute the environment,‘ their production is certified by the Soil and Health Authority.
Hic et Nunc
Hic et Nunc Màrsia Brut Rosé – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “A creamy and melted butter aroma.”
Flavour – “A creamy sweet touch, almost like taking a bite out of a strawberry frosted, Victoria sponge cake.”
This Italian Sparkling Wine won a Silver Medal in the Creamy Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
The land that Hic et Nunc grow their vines on consists of clay soils with limestone foundations, they say “it’s not only climate, terrain, geography: the terroir philosophy also involves the people who put their hands and heart into the different stages of cultivation and harvesting,” all the people who help create this Sparkling Wine have a real passion for what they do.
Citra Vini Pecorino
Citra Vini Rino Pecorino Spumante Tasting Notes
Aroma – “A gentle wave of citrus floats through your nose, of orange and lemon skin.”
Flavour – “A citrus burst with yellow floral flavours.”
This Italian Sparkling Wine won a Highly Commended Medal in the Forget Me Not Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
Citra Vini Fenaroli
Citra Vini Fenaroli Brut 36 2014 – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Freshly cut grass, white floral, a drop of golden honey and green fruit aromas.”
Flavour – “Zesty in flavour, with a touch of oak and green herbs.”
This Italian Sparkling Wine won a Silver Medal in the Oaky & Toasty Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
There you have it, 5 Spumantes and hopefully a better understanding of the World of Sparkling Wine, let’s see if you can answer these questions without scrolling back up.
- Do you have to make wine in a certain region to put Spumante on your label?
- Can a bottle of Prosecco put Spumante on its label?
- What does Spumante mean in English?
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