Australian Sparkling Wines
Australia's particular climate and terrain has meant that it has developed a unique winemaking culture. It is host to over 100 grape varieties across 65 distinct regions. Not beholden to tradition in the same way that Old World wine-making countries are, Australia's top producers are able to push things forward and innovate. Australian sparkling wines are testament to this.
The cool-climate, high-altitude regions of Australia are now taking their place at the head table when it comes to global sparkling wine production. Expect to find a diversity of flavours, from the sweeter to the crisp and fresh, from the stripped-back ancestral pétillant-naturels method to the more complex styles.
Exciting sparkling wine regions
The cool climate conditions in certain areas in Australia such as the Yarra Valley means that these locations have become sought after, so much so that in the 1980s prestige names in Champagne such as Moët ∓ Chandon were buying up land and moving over to make Australian sparkling. This move and their success in the region has itself acted as a catalyst for winemakers in Victoria to push themselves even further in the pursuit of perfection. Outside of Victoria, smaller regions with higher altitudes such as Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and the King Valley have in the last few decades also come into their own in terms of sparkling production. Before all this, in the 1930s and 1940s, Australia was also the home of some truly iconic sparkling reds which still live long in the memory.
Wide variety of grapes
Sparkling reds and whites have become more popular in Australia as the years have gone by, and the increase has rocketed especially in the last few years. More interest means more growers and makers upping their efforts. In Australia, when it comes to white wine, the grapes which are most prevalent are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You will also however see other grapes such as Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Crouchen, Trebbiano and Muscat Gordo Blanco. When it comes to sparkling reds, the most commonly used are Shiraz and Merlot.
Delicious Australian sparkling
We have selected a top-quality group of sparkling reds and whites for you to try out, including organic and vegan bottles. The sparkling reds are rich purple and offer a wide variety of notes depending on the bottle, including dark plums, dark olives, berries and dark chocolate. You will find the sparkling whites are structurally elegant, with lively notes that include nougat, forest floor, strawberry, and a brioche-like toastiness.