Guide to Organic Sparkling Wine & Organic Fizz
Nothing can really compare to a glass of sparkling wine or fizz – it’s a truly elegant, fun and celebratory drink. It also comes in a range of styles and flavours. From well-known Champagne to the increasingly popular Prosecco and Cava, to the more mysterious English sparklers, Franciacorta wines and Crémants … there really is an organic sparkling wine or fizz for everyone and every occasion. They also range in price as well, which means if you have a budget in mind, you can likely find something to suit it too.
There really are so many different types of sparkling wine out there! Sparkling wine is produced in most wine regions around the world, and it can be made from different types of grapes as well. This means they can also range in flavour – making sparkling wines an exciting wine genre to explore!
Let’s start off with a breakdown of the three of the more popular organic sparkling wines or organic fizz: English sparkling wine, which has really taken off over the last decade, organic Prosecco and Champagne. If you’re looking for recommendations for organic sparkling wines or organic fizz to try, we also provide options below to consider. We also highlight a few budget organic fizz options at the bottom of this post and cover how to serve sparkling wine.
Organic Sparkling Wine: Organic English Sparkling Wine
Although the numbers vary year to year, about 70% of the wine produced in England/the UK is sparkling wine. Why you might ask? The primary reason is that the climate here is suitable for growing grapes that are typically used to make sparkling wine – and more specifically Champagne. These include Pinot Noir (the most widely planted variety here), Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier – the three main Champagne grapes.
English sparkling wine may not have the brand name and reputation as Champagne, however many do say that the quality of English sparkling wines has quickly risen to match that of Champagne’s. If you haven’t tried organic English wine yet, you’ll have to give it a try and see for yourself…
Recommended Organic English Sparkling Wines
Laverstoke’s Biodynamic Vintage Rosé Brut, a luxurious sparkling rosé wine from Hampshire with red fruit flavours and notes of toasty vanilla.
Albury’s Estate Blanc de Blancs is a quintessential refreshing English sparkler that’s been referred to as an ‘English garden in a glass’.
For something that’s also unique, the collaborative River Cottage Organic Sparkling Wine NV with Oxney Vineyard is a low-intervention sparkling wine made by both River Cottage and the award-winning team at Oxney Estate.
Organic Sparkling Wine: Organic Prosecco
Prosecco has become quite a popular fizzy wine in recent years. Having overtaken Champagne, Prosecco is now the most popular sparkling wine in the UK! The Glera grape is used to produce this Italian sparkling wine, which gives Proseccos a slightly sweet, fruity flavour. The wines are meant to be enjoyed young, so they don’t need to spend as much time aging (in the cask and bottle), like Champagne and other sparkling wines. There are plenty of fabulous organic Prosecco to pick from!
Recommended Organic Proseccos
First off is Giol’s Prosecco Spumante, a fashionable Italian pétillant wine with attractive pear-like fruits and hints of melted butter.
If sparkling rosé or rosé is your thing, this Prosecco Rosé from Giol (made from 90% Glera and 10% Pinot Noir) is also a good choice.
Made in association with the Born Free Foundation, our Wild Thing Prosecco comes in a handy flip-top bottle and tastes great too!
The lightly fizzy Mont’albano Prosecco Frizzante is a good-value Prosecco with flavours of light green fruit.
Organic Sparkling Wine: Organic Champagne
It’s hard to imagine a better wine brand name than Champagne! Champagne can only be made in the Champagne region of France its production dates all the way back to the 17th Century! The three most common Champagne grapes are Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
We’re proud to have the amazing organic Champagne range from two strictly organic Champagne makers: Champagne Fleury and Champagne Faust. We first discovered Champagne Faust back in the late 1980s, not too long after starting our business. Located in Vandières, the Faust estate was pioneering, and switched to organic way back in 1968.
The second organic Champagne producer we work with is Champagne Fleury, whom we discovered in 1995. With roots dating back to 1895, they were the first producer in the Champagne region to convert to biodynamics.
Recommended Organic Champagnes
Champagne Faust’s Carte d’Or is a stylish and competitively-priced organic Champagne with a soft mousse.
Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, Champagne Fleury’s AOC Fleur de L’Europe is the first ever biodynamic cuvée from Champagne.
‘Other’ Organic Sparkling Wines & Organic Fizz: Notable Mentions
While Champagne, Prosecco and Cava are probably the most popular types of sparkling wines, it doesn’t stop there! We’ve already mentioned English sparkling wines above, and we’d also recommend these fabulous sparkling organic sparking wines too.
Crémant is another type of French sparkling wine that varies in style. This superb Chenin Blanc Crémant from Domaine de Bois Mozé in the Loire Valley has fine bubbles and tastes and aromas of toasty apricot.
Franciacorta is said to be Italy’s answer to Champagne, and Barone Pizzini’s Franciacorta Brut ‘Animante’ is an outstanding Fanciacorta sparkler made from 78% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir and 4% Pinot Blanc.
For a lovely Spanish fizz, Albet i Noya’s Petit Albet Brut is made using classic Cava grapes and traditional Champagne methods.
Always a favourite, Austria’s Meinklang’s Prosa Frizzante is a delightful, lightly sparkling rosé that’s a perfect aperitif. Fun fact: it was originally created by the winemaker for their own wedding.
Budget Organic Fizz
Maybe you’re on a budget or need to buy a lot of bottles for an upcoming celebration. Either way, these budget organic sparklers will not let you down!
Bodegas Latue’s Bohem Frizzante is a fresh and vibrant Spanish crowd-pleaser that suits every occasion.
Giol’s Perla Frizzante is also a good all-round sparkling white wine that’s well suited to light dishes.
Also from Giol Winery, their Rubino Frizzante is a delicious, lightly sparkling Italian rosé with flavours of cherry, flowers and soft plum fruits.
Last, but not least, made from local Garganega grapes, Mont’albano’s Garganella Frizzante is an amazing alternative to drier sparkling wines
How should you serve sparkling wine?
Sparkling wines should be served:
To chill, leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or put the bottle in your freezer no more than 1 hour before popping the cork.
Note: Fancier sparkling wines, such as vintage Champagnes, can be enjoyed at warmer temperatures, as their complex flavours will be muted when ice-cold.
In the right glass – Champagne flutes are a good glass for all sparkling wines! The tall, slender glass concentrates the bubbles on the tip of your tongue, and sends the aromas of the wine drifting up as you take your first sip.
Top-quality sparkling wines such as vintage Champagnes may benefit from being served in flutes with a wider bowl, or even normal white wine glasses. This allows more oxygen to come into contact with the wine, thereby amplifying the aroma.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Guide to Organic Sparkling Wine and Organic Fizz and we wish you lots of fun exploring the exciting and diverse world of organic sparkling wines!