Traditionally, any mention of bubbles and our thoughts were drawn naturally to France and the Champagne region. In the last few years, however, Prosecco, from the Veneto area of Italy, has experienced an explosive rise in popularity, and Cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne, is making a comeback. Lesser known, but with an increasing presence and growth in sales, is Champagne’s latest combattant: English sparkling wine. But where is this trend coming from? What is all the hype about?
Isn’t English sparkling wine the same as champagne?
Although it is made in the traditional ‘méthode champenoise’, sparkling wine produced in the UK cannot be called Champagne. Whilst most of the highly revered English sparkling wine producers use the same equipment, almost identical ingredients, climate, methods and ageing processes to those in Champagne to produce their wines, if the fizz isn’t made within the parameters of the Champagne region of France, the law determines that it can’t be called Champagne. But, so far as general flavour and style goes, it’s not so far off.