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Thursday, December 7 2023

Our 2024 Annual Sparkling Wine Report

By: Treve Ring
A Year In Sparkling Wine

This year's Sparkling Report is a solid snapshot of bubbles worldwide, with 140 wines from outside Champagne tasted, from 18 countries and across a few dozen distinct wine regions.

Globally, wine consumption is in decline due to the struggling economy and the gaining momentum of the no-to-low alcohol movement. Whatever the cause, it's simple: fewer people are drinking, and those that are, are drinking less.

However, lower alcohol, fresh, fun, and celebratory sparkling wine (aside from pricy champagne) seems primed to bubble to the top, especially with accessible and affordable offerings. Across the sparkling category, quality continues to rise, and we see it constantly with Canadian wines. The sparkling category exploded during the pandemic (bubbles for troubles?), and except for Champagne, consumers seem to have accepted sparkling wine as a regular part of life.  

Of course, fun and casual bottles, like pét-nat, open up the category to a younger demographic, while an increase in serious traditional method wines appearing from South Africa, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and beyond offer wine pros more options for pairing and promoting. Dosages keep dropping (yay), technique keeps improving (finally), and more and more bubbles keep appearing on shelves and lists (hurrah).

Below is our year in sparkling wine at GOW, in alphabetical order. For our detailed Champagne Annual, with 115 champagnes reviewed, click here.

Written By: TR
Treve Ring
Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a writer, editor, judge, consultant, educator and certified sommelier based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. After completing her Art History degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria and being exposed to the world of wine business at Christie's in London, England, she switched gears, leaving the realm of art for the world of wine.