HISTORY IS NOT SO THRILLING? WE CAN PROVE OTHERWISE!
SPARKLING WINE HAS EXISTED FOR A FAIR WHILE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG AT ALL BEFORE IT GAINED A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF FANS. AND TODAY? FOR MANY PEOPLE, SPARKLING WINE HAS LONG BEEN ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE DRINKS. CELEBRATING A SPECIAL MOMENT? MAKING A TOAST? IT ALWAYS MAKES AN APPEARANCE. AND YET, IT IS ONLY THANKS TO CHANCE THAT IT EVEN EXISTS
In the past, wines were not filtered as clearly as they are today. Therefore, some residual natural yeast often remained in the bottle, resulting in fermentation due to the sugar that was also there. Sparkling wine was born. Totally unintentionally. Indeed, this amazement quite quickly turned into enthusiasm.
An air and pressure-tight bottle stopper was made from cork oak bark. Without this, it wouldn't work. Only in this way does the effervescent wine become sparkling wine as we know it today. But even with corks, the first attempts were not without their dangers. The corks were either forced out of the bottle after the carbon dioxide had formed, or the hand-blown bottles simply exploded prior to this. Strong glass, holders made from wire and industrial sugar that made the fermentation process manageable, finally enabled the breakthrough in around 1540.
Dom Pérignon. Lots of people know the name. From now on, you will be able to excel using the knowledge that is concealed behind a very smart, monastic cellarer from the French abbey in Hautvilliers. It is thanks to his curiosity and eagerness to experiment, amongst other things, that the excellent art of Cuvée emerged from the simple production of sparkling wine – a harmonious composition of various wines.
Many German cellarers also learnt their craft in the Champagne region. Some of them stayed there. And why not? It’s pretty beautiful there. That's why some champagnes still have German names today. Those who returned founded the first sparkling wine cellars in Germany, in around 1825. And you know the rest of the story.