Welcome to the 6th annual edition of the Sparkling Wine Competition: 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine Pleasures.

Once again the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World competition has uncorked a breathtaking array of sparkling wines from around the globe. We have gold and silver award winning sparkling wines in 3 different production categories – Traditional Method, Charmat method and Frizzante all at different price points but all within the the 5 to 25 Euro price range. As always,  Italy, Portugal and Spain head the tables with silvers awarded to sparkling wines from Australia and Slovenia.

The Competition

The Sparkling wines are grouped according to method of production, dosage and ageing on the lees and then tasted blind by a panel of 5 judges. Judges are aware of the method of production, dosage levels and time on lees. After each Sparkling Wine tasted, the judges compare notes and reach a consensus on a score out of 100 points. Gold and Silver medals only are awarded for the top 50 Sparkling Wines. Wine producers can label medal-winning Sparkling Wines with stickers for bubble lovers to recognise in store. The main aim of he competition is to identify, reward and promote wine quality to both the trade and wine lovers. Medals are only awarded to wines in which consumers can have total confidence.

Meet the Judges

Click on the links to view the Judge’s background, comments and discover their particular favourite Cava in the competition.

Anthony Swift I Colin Harkness I Juan Manuel Gonzalvo I Albert López Galvez I Jenny Siddall

The Results

The results are presented according to the method of production. Overall the judges found the tasting challenging, but in the end they came up with some real category winners. The top scoring Sparkling Wines coming from names not on the tip of our tongues such as Le Terrazze di Antonio Terni, (Marche -Italy) Vía de la Plata (Cava (Extremadura) – Spain), Valados de Melgaço (Vinho Verde – Portugal) and Cormons (Friuli – Italy). Most of the top Sparkling Wines were all priced at under 16 Euros offering fabulous value for money.

Traditional Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Donna Giulia 97 gold Le Terrazze di Antonio Terni Italy
  • Brut Nature Reserva
12,00
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 97 gold Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
15.89
Vía de la Plata Rosado 97 gold VÍa de la Plata Spain
  • Rosado
4.95
Brut Gran Cuvée Velenosi 96 gold Velenosi Italy
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
19,00
Valados de Melgaço Alvarinho Reserva 95 gold Valados de Melgaço Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
16,00
Ramon Canals Gran Reserva Limitada 2011 95 gold Ramón Canals Spain
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
19
Gran Cuvée Velenosi Gold 95 gold Velenosi Italy
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
22,00
The Rosé 95 gold Velenosi Italy
  • Rosado
24,00
Cuvage de Cuvage Pas Dosé Metodo Classico 94 silver Cuvage Italy
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
25
Cartuxa Reserva 94 silver Fundaçao Eugénio de Almeida Portugal
  • Brut Reserva
12.19
Duran 5V Gran Reserva 94 silver Ramón Canals Spain
  • Brut Gran Reserva
22,00
Insolitam Rosé 94 silver Lobban Wines Spain
  • Rosado
8,00
Cuvage Rosé Brut Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC 94 silver Cuvage Italy
  • Rosado
25,00
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature 93 silver Vía de la Plata Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
8.50
Luiz Costa-Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 93 silver Luiz Costa Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
17.50
Lagrima Real 2010 93 silver Unión Viníola del Este Spain
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
10.30
Zlata Radgonska Penina Selection 93 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut Reserva
15,00
Cartuxa Reserva 93 silver Fundaçao Eugénio de Almeida Portugal
  • Brut Reserva
21.14
Espumante QM Velha Reserva 2012 93 silver Quintas de Melgaço Portugal
  • Brut Gran Reserva
24.99
Vega Medien Rosé 93 silver Unión Vinícola del Este Spain
  • Rosado
5.20
Castas de Mançao 92 silver Provam Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
8.50
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Reserva 92 silver Vía de la Plata Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
12,00
Reserva Sparkling Brut DOC Távora-Varosa White 2013 92 silver Casca Wines Portugal
  • Brut Reserva
12.95
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico 92 silver Unión Vinícola del Este Spain
  • Brut Reserva
6.80
Zlata Radgonska Penina Brut 92 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut Gran Reserva
15,00
Zlata Radgonska Penina Rosé 92 silver Radgonske gorice Slovenia
  • Rosado
15,00
Coto de Manoelas 91 silver Provam Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
13.50
Vía de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature 91 silver Vía de la Plata Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
4.95
Masia Segle XV 91 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
10.30
Rovellats Collecció Extra Brut 91 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva
32.91
Adega de Palmela Brut 91 silver Adega Cooperativa de Palmela Portugal
  • Brut
6,00
Lobban Sparkling Xarel.lo 91 silver Lobban Wines Spain
  • Brut Reserva
8.00
Zlata Radgonska Penina Brut Nature 2007 91 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut Gran Reserva
25,00
Lobban Sparkling Shiraz 91 silver Lobban Wines Spain
  • Dry
15,00
Ramón Canals Reserva Numerada 2014 90 silver Ramón Canals Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
12,00
Cuvage Blanc de Blancs Brut Metodo Classico 90 silver Cuvage Italy
  • Brut Reserva
25,00

Charmat Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Verduzzo Gran Dessert 97 gold Cormons Italy
  • CM DRY
7,00
Prosecco Spumante DOC Brut 95 gold Bacio della Luna Spumanti Italy
  • Brut
4.90
Cuvée Rosé 94 silver Montalbera Italy
  • Brut
9.50
Gilded Lilly Reserve Cuvée 94 silver Geoff Johnston Wines Australia
  • CM DRY
9,00
Astoria Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato 016 94 silver Astoria Italy
  • Extra Dry
9,00
Cuvée Prestige 830 93 silver Agriverde Italy
  • Brut
12,00
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco superiore DOCG Millesimato Brut 93 silver Bacio della Luna Spumanti Italy
  • Brut
5.90
Cuvée Blanche 93 silver Montalbera Italy
  • Extra Dry
9.50
Eight Carat Cuvée Rosé 92 silver Geoff Johnston Wines Australia
  • Brut
10,00
Mateus Sparkling Rose Brut Baga and Shiraz 92 silver Sogrape Vinhos Portugal
  • Brut
8.99
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG Dry 92 silver Bacio della Luna Spumanti Italy
  • CM DRY
6.99
Montelliana 57 Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG 92 silver Montelliana Italy
  • Extra Dry
6.50
Eight Carat Sparkling Chardonnay Pinor Noir 91 silver Geoff Johnston Wines Australia
  • Brut
10
Vino Bianco Spumante Brut 91 silver Fossa Mala Italy
  • Brut
16,00
Pinot-Chardonnay 91 silver Cormons Italy
  • Brut
7,00
Montelliana Prosecco DOC Trevisio Extra Dry 91 silver Montelliana Italy
  • Extra Dry
5.75
Passerina Brut 90 silver Velenosi Italy
  • Brut
Contro Tempo 90 silver Mossi Italy
  • Brut
17,00
Montelliana Asolo Proseco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut 89 silver Montelliana Italy
  • Brut
6.25
Brut Colmello 89 silver Colmello di Grotta Italy
  • Brut
20

Frizzante

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Croatina Vernietta Amabile 91 silver Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni di Agnes Dr Sergio Italy
  • Frizzante
Bonarda Cresta del Ghiffi 90 silver Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni di Agnes Dr Sergio Italy
  • Frizzante