Sparkling wines (as opposed to still wines) are saturated with molecules of carbon dioxide gas, which makes them fizzy or bubbly. They’re made all over the world using a variety of grapes and production methods. Some well-known types include Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, and the sparkling wines of Australia. And of course, Champagne. Sparkling wines can be produced using the same traditional method as Champagne, but each will have characteristics—flavor, texture, richness, depth—that are distinct to their region & terroir.
Champagne is a winemaking region in northern France. All sparkling wines made in Champagne are governed by strict regulations; only certain grapes and production processes are allowed.