Champagne is a luxurious symbol of celebration popular during the holiday season. Although fizzy or bubbly wine grown in the Champagne region of France is the only bubbly allowed to call itself champagne, numerous organic sparkling wines are produced around the world.
To help you find the right organic sparkling wine or champagne for the holiday season, we have compiled a list of a few of the top organic champagnes and sparkling wines with something to suit all budgets and locations.
Remember to try to purchase your sparkling wines from local sources as the closer it is produced to your home, the fewer carbon miles are generated through shipping bottles to your local wine stores.
Champagne Prestige Millesime 1997
The Champagne Tarlet Vineyard in the Marne Valley, France, works to maintain a balanced environment and uses pheromone traps for pest control, green manure or organic fertilizers depending on the soil requirements, and the grapes are picked manually. The Tarlet Vineyard produces a wide range of popular champagnes including Tarlant Classics Zero (zero sugar added), Tarlant Classics Zero Rose, and the vintage Champagne Prestige Millesime 1997. http://www.tarlant.com/
Brut Nature Familia
Cavas, are Spanish champagnes, and there are many organic varieties to choose from – Reserva Brut Nature, Brut Nature Familia and Dry Familia. The Spanish vineyard Eudald Massana Noya uses an ecological production and bottling system based on respect for the grapes and land. Their grapes are grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones and medications. http://www.massananoya.com/
Italy makes many famous sparkling wines - Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti, Franciacorta and Prosecco. However, Prosecco is the favourite sparkling wine for many Italians and people from around the world. The Mont’albano Estate in the Coloredo di Monte Albano hills, in the Friuli region, produces an organic Prosecco that is free from genetically modified ingredients. http://www.montalbanogroup.com/
English Sparkling Wine
Duchy Originals, Prince Charles’ organic line, makes an English Sparkling wine. The English Sparkling Wine is made in Sussex, England, from organically grown Reichensteiner grapes. The land is free from chemical insecticides, fertilizers and weed-killers. Spiders and ladybugs are used as natural pest controls. http://www.duchyoriginals.com/
Canada’s largest certified organic vineyard – the Summerhill Pyramid Winery - makes an extremely popular sparkling white wine, their Cipes Brut, from organic Riesling grapes. The vineyard, located in Kelowna, British Columbia, uses no herbicides, pesticides nor chemical fertilizers. Glacier rock dust is added to provide trace minerals. http://www.summerhill.bc.ca
The Heller Estate offers a sumptuous 100% certified organic sparkling wine from their organic vineyards in the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley, California. The Heller Estate’s Sparkling Merlot is produced using organic farming methods including natural insect controls instead of pesticides and the use of cover crops to manage weeds. http://www.hellerestate.com/