Sparkling Wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it, making it fizzy. The best known example of a sparkling wine is champagne, which is exclusively produced in the Champagne region of France. Also in Italy there are a lot of sparkling wines like Prosecco, Franciacorta. Usually sparkling wine is white or Rosé but there are examples of red sparkling wines such as the Italian Brachetto, the Italian Bonarda, Australian sparkling Shiraz. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry “brut”  to sweeter “doux” varieties (from the French words for ‘raw’ and ‘sweet’, respectively).

The sparkling quality, of sparkling wine, comes from its carbon dioxide content and may be the result of natural fermentation, either in a bottle, as with the traditional method, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of simple carbon dioxide injection in some cheaper sparkling wines.