Alternative Varietal Sparkling Wine

The world's best known sparkling wine is Champagne.  until a couple of decades ago the word champagne was widely used for sparkling wine. But with modern international trade agreements forbidding the use of geographical names for wine and other products we have had to use other words.

Sparkling Chenin Blanc made by Anderson Winery in Rutherglen

The classic varieties used to make Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  A few other varieties are permitted but are used rarely only in tiny amounts.

Most sparkling winemakers around the world tend to use that classic trio in an effort to emulate champagnes success.  

But as we are interested in Vinodiversity we are looking for winemakers who think (and make) outside the square.

Below I have listed just a few white and red sparkling wines made from alternative varieties.  

I'd love you to contribute to the list via the comment box near the bottom of this page.

Alternative Sparkling Whites

Bianco D'Alesssano 

  • Delinquente Wine Co (Riverland)

Chenin Blanc

  • Anderson Winery (Rutherglen)


  • Chalmers (Heathcote)
  • Olivers Taranga (McLaren Vale)

Orange Muscat

  • Amulet (Beechworth)

Petit Meslier

  • Irvine Wines (Eden Valley)
  • Levrier (Eden Valley)
  • Salena Estate (Riverland)


  • Tahbilk (Nagambie Lakes)
  • Summit Estate (Granite Belt)

Pinot Grigio


  • Sassafras (Canberra District)


  • Golden Grove Estate (Granite Belt)
  • Vigna Bottin (McLaren Vale)

I'd love you to contribute to the list via the comment box near the bottom of this page.

Alternative sparkling reds

Alicante Bouschet

  • Vinden Estate (Hunter Valley)


  • Dal Zotto (King Valley)


  • Bago (Northern Rivers Zone)
  • Capercaille (Hunter Valley)
  • d'Arenberg (McLaren Vale)


  • 919 Wines (Riverland)
  • Anderson Winery (Rutherglen)
  • Cape Horn (Goulburn Valley)


  • Conte Estate (McLaren Vale)


  • Ferngrove Estate  (Frankland River - Great Southern)


  • Chrismont La Zona (King Valley)


  • Sassafras (Canberra District)

Petit Verdot

  • McGuigan (Barossa Valley) Buy some here
  • Whistling Kite (Riverland)


Clovelly Estate (Granite Belt)


  • Gapsted Winery (Alpine Valleys)


  • Brandy Creek (Gipsland)

Trincadeira (Tinta Amarela)

  • Patritti (Barossa Valley)


  • Cargo Road Wines

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