The term originates from the Latin “siccus”, dry

The term originates from the Latin “siccus”, dry, – and made its way via the Spanish “secco” and the English “sack” into the German language as “seck” around 1640. However, “seck” initially referred to a still, sweet Spanish wine and had nothing to do with sparkling wine. “Sekt” first gradually became the term for sparkling wine after some curious occurrences in the Lutter & Wegner wine cellar in the Berlin Gendarmenmarkt. Then, in 1925, after which it was called “Champagne”, the Treaty of Versailles stated it was not permitted for German traders.