Welcome to the 8th vintage of the Sparkling Wine Competition: 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine Pleasures.

Yet again the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World competition has poped 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 most within the the 5 to 25 Euro price range. As always,  Italy, Portugal and Spain head the tables with golds and silvers awarded to sparkling wines from diverse countries such as Australia, Chile, France, Greece 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 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.

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 interesting category winners. All of the winners represent fabulous quality and value and many winery names may well not roll off the tongue. Our advice to both wine professionals and wine lovers is to use the results as a means decide on which sparkling wines to choose for this Christmas and during 2020.

Traditional Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Cuvèe D’Arce 96 gold Azienda Vitivinicola Righetti Italy
  • Brut
15.80
Zlata Radgonska Penina Selection Rosé 96 gold Radgonske gorice Slovenia
  • Brut
13.95
Brut Rosé Metodo Classico 96 gold Baracchi Italy
  • Brut
Valados de Melgaço 96 gold Valados de Melgaço Portugal
  • Brut Nature
16.00
Casa Ermelinda Freitas – Espumante Branco Bruto Reserva 96 gold Casa Ermelinda Freitas Portugal
  • Brut
10.44
Espumante QM Super Reserva 95 gold Quintas de Melgaço Portugal
  • Brut
18.50
Wessman One 95 gold Maison Wessman France
  • Brut
80.00
Encontro Sparkling Baga 95 gold Global Wine Portugal
  • Brut
Brut Trebbiano Metodo Classico 95 gold Baracchi Italy
  • Brut
Vega Medien Brut Rose 95 gold Union Vinicola del Este Spain
  • Brut
4.41
Luiz Costa 95 gold Caves São João Portugal
  • Brut Nature
17.50
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 95 gold Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature
17.06
Casa Ermelinda Freitas – Espumante Branco Bruto 95 gold Casa Ermelinda Freitas Portugal
  • Brut
4.35
Bellebolle Rosé 95 gold Azienda Vitivinicola Righetti Italy
  • Brut
7.20
Mont Paral Vintage 94 silver Ramon Canals Canals Spain
  • Extra Dry
Encontro Sparkling Rosé 93 silver Global Wine Portugal
  • Brut
Encontro Sparkling Brut 93 silver Global Wine Portugal
  • Brut
Cava Capçanes Reserva 93 silver Celler Capçanes Spain
  • Brut
Ramon Canals Reserva Rosé 93 silver Ramon Canals Canals Spain
  • Brut
Metodo Classico 93 silver Le Morette - Az. Agr. Valerio Zenato Italy
  • Dry
Cabriz Sparkling Brut 92 silver Global Wine Portugal
  • Brut
Spumante Vespaiolo DOC Millesimato Metodo Classico 92 silver Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Italy
  • Brut
Vega Medien Brut Ecologico 92 silver Union Vinicola del Este Spain
  • Brut
6.11
Metodo Classico Pas Dosè 92 silver Principi di Butera Italy
  • Brut Nature
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia S. XV Brut Nature 92 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature
29.76
Penina Gold Rosé 92 silver Radgonske gorice Slovenia
  • Extra Dry
14.99
Emiliana Organic Sparkling Wines 91 silver Viñedos Emiliana Chile
  • Brut
20.00
Zlata Radgonska Penina Selection 91 silver Radgonske gorice Slovenia
  • Brut
13.95
Botanic 91 silver Nikolou Winery Greece
  • Brut Nature
17.50
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 91 silver Ramon Canals Canals Spain
  • Extra Brut
8.00
Rovellats Gran Reserva Col·lecció Extra Brut 90 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Extra Dry
37.63

Charmat Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Cuvée Rosé Spumante Brut 96 gold Societa Agricola Montalbera Italy
  • Brut
9.50
Shaw Vineyard Estate Sparkling Cuvee 95 gold Shaw Vineyard Estate Australia
  • Brut
13.41
Arnea Soave Spumante Brut 95 gold Casa Vinicola Sartori Italy
  • Brut
7.00
Copaboca Proveco 95 gold Bodegas Copaboca Spain
  • Brut
8.00
Bacio della Luna Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato Brut Nature 95 gold Bacio della Luna Italy
  • Brut Nature
7.99
Astoria “Arzana” Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze Dry 95 gold A. C. SRL Italy
  • Dry
18.00
Cuvée Blanche Spumante Extra Dry 95 gold Societa Agricola Montalbera Italy
  • Extra Dry
9.90
Eight Carat Pinot Noir 95 gold Geoff Johnston Wines Australia
  • Extra Dry
13.00
L’Encert 94 silver Anecoop Bodegas Spain
  • Brut
7.50
Mateus Sparkling Brut Rosé 94 silver Sogrape Vinhos Portugal
  • Brut
Spumante Rosa di Sera Extra Dry 94 silver Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Italy
  • Extra Dry
Erfo Prosecco Brut 93 silver Casa Vinicola Sartori Italy
  • Brut
Reymos Brut 93 silver Anecoop Bodegas Spain
  • Brut
7.50
Montelliana Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry 93 silver Cantina Sociale Montelliana e dei Colli Asolani Italy
  • Extra Dry
5.90
Coldigrotta Brut 92 silver Società Agricola Colmello di Grotta Italy
  • Brut
8.00
Bellebolle Brut White 92 silver Azienda Vitivinicola Righetti Italy
  • Brut
7.20
Domaine Tariquet Entracte 92 silver Domaine Tariquet France
  • Brut Nature
14.00
Montelliana Asolo Prosecco DOCG Extra Brut 92 silver Cantina Sociale Montelliana e dei Colli Asolani Italy
  • Extra Brut
6.45
Montelliana “57” Asolo Prosecco DOCG Extra Dry 92 silver Cantina Sociale Montelliana e dei Colli Asolani Italy
  • Extra Dry
6.80
Spumante Prosecco DOC Extra Dry 92 silver Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Italy
  • Extra Dry
Neroluce 91 silver Principi di Butera Italy
  • Brut
Astoria Valdobbiadene Prosecco Extra Dry Superiore DOCG Millesimato “Medaglia” 91 silver A. C. SRL Italy
  • Extra Dry
12.00
Claudia Moreno Espumoso 90 silver Bodegas Monte la Reina Spain
  • CM DRY
6.00

Frizzante

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Bonarda Cresta del Ghiffi 94 silver Az. Agr. Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni di Agners Italy
  • Frizzante
Bonarda Campodelmonte 92 silver Az. Agr. Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni di Agners Italy
  • Frizzante