Producers are looking to capitalise on an impending Prosecco shortfall with lookalike sparkling wines from Spain and Australia.
Prosecco is continuing to win the hearts of UK consumers with 95% regarding it as “very good”, and beating Champagne in the value stakes.
The latest addition to the English sparkling wine category has set out ambitions for high quality based on single vineyard production and a significant reserve wine component to its blends.
Once referred to as “Spanish Champagne”, Cava is no longer dependent on associations with French fizz having carved a respected reputation of its own.
McGuigan Wines is launching a sparkling Semillon to take on Prosecco in the UK market.
An organic Chinese red hailing from Inner Mongolia and a “beguiling” white blend from Slovenia got UK wine writers’ tongues wagging this week.
UK supplier Kingsland has become the first in the country to offer a carbonation bottling line option for wine to help brands capitalise on the boom in sparkling styles.
E&J Gallo has acquired Sonoma-based sparkling wine producer J Vineyards & Winery for an undisclosed sum.
While the Prosecco boom shows no sign of slowing in the UK, under £6 bottles from discount retailers threaten to damage to the sparkler’s carefully crafted brand image.
Popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne is an event, a moment to treasure, a spectacle even – but it doesn’t always go to plan.
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