Champagne is a sparkling wine produced only in the Champagne region of France with the traditional method that has specific vineyard practices and secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to cause carbonation.

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What is the difference between Champagne and Sparkling Wine?

All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. A sparkling wine can only be called champagne when it is produced in the Champagne region of France according to a traditional method and only using grapes from the Champagne region. There are also other types of sparkling wine like Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain.

Champagne Grape Varieties

The most common grapes in the production of almost all Champagne include Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. In addition, a tiny amount of pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbane, and petit meslier may also be vinified.

There exists a number of types of Champagne. For example, Prestige cuvée, Blanc de noirs, Blanc de blancs, and Rosé Champagne.