Welcome to the 7th annual 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 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 golds and silvers awarded to sparkling wines from diverse countries such as Austria, Australia, Bolivia, Slovenia and the UK.

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 2019.

Traditional Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Adega de Palmela Medium Dry 97 gold Adega Cooperativa de Palmela Portugal
  • Dry
6.00
Freixenet Can Sala 97 gold Freixenet Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
70.00
Soldati La Scolca Spumante Brut Millesimato d’Antan 97 gold La Scolca Italy
  • Brut
53.00
Bàsura Riunda VSQ 96 gold DURIn Italy
  • Extra Brut
25.00
Medot Brut Rosé 96 gold Medot Slovenia
  • Rosado
22.00
Schlumberger Chardonnay Reserve 96 gold Schlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei Austria
  • Brut
27.00
Gran Cuvee Velenosi 96 gold Velenosi Italy
  • Brut Nature Reserva
20.00
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia Segle XV 96 gold Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
28.37
2015 Vintage Sparkling Rosé 95 gold Blackdown Ridge UK
  • Brut Nature Reserva
28.00
QdoE Sparkling Rosé 95 gold Quinta do Encontro Portugal
  • Extra Brut
Marta Passió Reserva Brut 95 gold Ramón Canals Canals Spain
  • Extra Brut
10.00
Espumante Cartuxa 95 gold Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio de Almeida Portugal
  • Extra Brut
9.66
Freixenet Cuvée D.S. 95 gold Freixenet Spain
  • Extra Brut
17.50
Blanc de Blancs 95 gold Court Garden UK
  • Brut
30.00
Court Garden Ditchling Reserve 2014 95 gold Court Garden UK
  • Brut
33.00
Zlata Radgonska Penina CICONIA 0,75 Brut 95 gold Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut
50.00
Mont Paral Vintage 94 silver Ramon Canals Canals Spain
  • Extra Brut
8.00
Vega Medien Rosé 94 silver Unión Vinícola del Este Spain
  • Rosado
6.00
Medot Brut Cuvee 94 silver Medot Slovenia
  • Brut
22.00
Casa de Santar Vinha dos Amores Touriga Nacional 94 silver Casa de Santar Portugal
  • Extra Brut
24.90
Marta Joia Reserva Organic Farming Brut 94 silver Ramón Canals Canals Spain
  • Extra Brut
10.00
Adega de Palmela Brut 93 silver Adega Cooperativa de Palmela Portugal
  • Extra Brut
6.00
Cepage Pas Dose 93 silver Conte Vistarino Italy
  • Brut Nature Reserva
24.50
Coto de Mamoelas 93 silver Provam Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
13.50
Soldati La Scolca Brut Metodo Classico 93 silver La Scolca Italy
  • Brut
15.75
Zlata Radgonska Penina Seletion 93 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut
20.00
The Rosé 93 silver Velenosi Italy
  • Brut Nature Reserva
25.00
Zlata Radgonska Penina Rosé 93 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Extra Dry
20.00
Freixenet Trepat 93 silver Freixenet Spain
  • Brut
13.00
Alta Langa Vino Spumante Brut DOCG 2013 93 silver Terre Del Barolo Italy
  • Brut
18.00
Conte Vistarino Brut Rosé 93 silver Conte Vistarino Italy
  • Rosado
9.50
Vía de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature 92 silver Vía De La Plata Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
8,50
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico 92 silver Unión Vinícola del Este Spain
  • Brut
6.80
Casa Ermelinda Freitas – Espumante Branco Bruto 92 silver Casa Ermelinda Freitas Portugal
  • Brut
4.35
Luiz Costa Pinot Noir & Chadonnay Bruto Natural 2015 92 silver Caves São João Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
17.50
Castas De Monção 92 silver Provam Portugal
  • Brut Nature Reserva
8.90
Wessman One 92 silver Maison Wessman France
  • Brut
80.00
Medot Brut 48 92 silver Medot Slovenia
  • Brut
20.00
Mantolan 91 silver Vinicola De Tomelloso Spain
  • Extra Brut
7.70
Gran Cuvee Velenosi GOLD 91 silver Velenosi Italy
  • Brut Nature Reserva
23.00
Zlata Radgonska Penina Selection Rosé 91 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Rosado
20.00
Vía de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature 90 silver Vía De La Plata Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
4.95
Cabriz Espumante Bruto 90 silver Global Wines Portugal
  • Extra Brut
6.99
Zlata Radgonska Penina 0,75 Brut Nature 90 silver Radgonske Gorice Slovenia
  • Brut Nature Reserva
50.00
Lágrima Real 2015 90 silver Unión Vinícola del Este Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
10.30
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature 90 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Brut Nature Reserva
16.27
Conte Vistarino Brut 90 silver Conte Vistarino Italy
  • Extra Brut
9.50
Rovellats Gran Reserva Col.lecció 90 silver Rovellats Spain
  • Extra Brut
35.82

Charmat Method

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Eight Carat Cuvee Rosé 96 gold Geoff Johnston Wines T/as Pirramimma Australia
  • Rosado
12.00
Mateus Sparkling Rosé Brut Baga And Shiraz 96 gold Sogrape Vinhos Portugal
  • Brut
6.99
Viña Albali Sec 96 gold Félix Solís Avantis Spain
  • Dry
<10.00
Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz 95 gold Geoff Johnston Wines T/as Pirramimma Australia
  • Brut
12.00
Contro Tempo 95 gold Mossi 1558 Italy
  • Brut
13.00
L´Encert 95 gold Anecoop Spain
  • Brut
7.50
Clot d´Ivern Rosé 95 gold Anecoop Spain
  • Rosado
7.50
Mète 95 gold HIc et Nunc Italy
  • Brut
11.00
Altosama Espumante de Altura 95 gold Bodegas Kuhlmann Bolivia
  • Brut
7.00
Viña Albali Brut 94 silver Félix Solís Avantis Spain
  • Brut
<10.00
Ò – Cormorano Rosè – Cormòns 94 silver Cormòns Italy
  • Rosado
8.60
Shaw Vineyard Estate 2017 Sparkling Cuvee 94 silver Shaw Vineyard Estate Australia
  • Extra Dry
16.13
Astoria Arzana’ Valdobbiadene Docg Superiore Di Cartizze 94 silver AC SRL Italy
  • Dry
18.00
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Collezione Serenitatis 94 silver Montelvini Italy
  • Brut
8.40
Reymos V.O 94 silver Anecoop Spain
  • Dry
7.50
Prospero Brut 93 silver Félix Solís Avantis Spain
  • Brut
<10.00
Màrsia 93 silver Hic et Nunc Italy
  • Brut
12.00
Serenello Prosecco D.O.C. Extra Dry 93 silver Serena Wines 1881 Italy
  • Extra Dry
9.00
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry Collezione Serenitatis 93 silver Montelvini Italy
  • Extra Dry
8.40
Prospero Sec 93 silver Félix Solís Avantis Spain
  • Dry
<10.00
Bacio della Luna Prosecco DOC Brut 92 silver Bacio della Luna Spumanti Italy
  • Brut
5.00 - 7.00
Reymos Brut 92 silver Anecoop Spain
  • Brut
7.50
Clot d´Ivern White 92 silver Anecoop Spain
  • Brut
7.50
Passerina Brut 91 silver Velenosi Italy
  • Brut
12.00
Valdobbiadeneastoria Prosecco Superiore Docg Millesimato ‘017 Medaglia 91 silver AC SRL Italy
  • Extra Dry
12.00
Claudia Moreno 90 silver Bodegas Monte la Reina Spain
  • Dry
6.00
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato 2017 Extra Brut Collezione Serenitatis 90 silver Montelvini Italy
  • Extra Brut
9.40
Reymos Selección 90 silver Anecoop Spain
  • Dry
7.50

Frizzante

Wine Score Medal Winery Country Category SRP
Bonarda Cresta Del Ghiffi 92 silver Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni di Agnes Dr Sergio Italy
  • Dry
8.00