Champagne’s pretenders to the throne

25th November, 2016 by Lucy Shaw

The dominance of Champagne is being challenged by fizz made by producers from up-and-coming regions such as England, Italy and Tasmania. Lucy Shaw takes stock of the producers that are energising the market.

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Feature findings

> English sparkling wine has emerged to become one of the most exciting and promising developments in the wine world today.

> Last December, Taittinger announced it had bought a 69- hectare plot of farmland in Kent with the view of making English sparkling wine under the Domaine Evremond brand.

> Spearheaded by Ferrari, the 40 sparkling wine producers in the mountainous northern Italian region of Trentodoc are hungry for international recognition.

> High-end Italian sparkling region Franciacorta is better known abroad than Trentodoc as the consorzio has invested in promoting itself outside of Italy.

> Tasmania’s cool climate and long ripening season has a greater influence on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced there than the soils they are grown in.

> Traditional-method sparkling producers in Marlborough have joined forces to collectively promote themselves,….

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