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How is Sparkling Wine Made?

Pouring Aphrodise

A crucial part of this process is the time allowed for the wine to rest; at least 9 months in a horizontal position is generally recommended. Before the sparkling wine is anywhere close to being opened and enjoyed, the yeast needs to be removed, and for that, there’s a very clever method indeed. Either manually or automatically, the bottles are slowly rotated from horizontal to vertical (with the neck of the bottle pointing downwards), so that the yeast makes its way into the neck of the bottle. This is known as riddling.

The neck of the bottles are then placed in an environment below 0 degrees celsius, forming a frozen plug of yeast. The caps are then removed, expelling the yeast plug from the bottles, and leaving behind a glorious bottle of sparkling wine that is then resealed, typically with a cork and a cage. For sweeter wines, sugar is added prior to being resealed; this is known as the dosage.

Grapes in a mans hand

The other big difference between the tank wine-making method and the traditional method is the way that the yeast is removed from the wine. Riddling isn’t required in the tank method; instead, a pressurized tank removes the dead yeast using filters, before the liquid is bottled using pressurized filling equipment.

The traditional method of sparkling wine production is labor intensive and time consuming, whereas the transfer, or tank, method of production allows quality sparkling wine to be produced quicker to keep up with consumer demand.


Common in northern Rhône, the Dioise method of producing sparkling wine involves controlling the production of yeast by freezing during the process and forbids the use of extra sugar or carbon dioxide to aid the production of bubbles.


The continuous method is one that takes place in steel tanks, but that also includes the use of special rings or added oak chips. The wine is circulated slowly, which clears the liquid before it’s bottled. It’s also known as the Russian method of sparkling wine production.


In the case of cheaper sparkling wines, CO2 is added manually by a carbonator; much like it is with sparkling water. The bubbles produced will differ from the delicate ones produced using more traditional methods of sparkling wine production, and instead can be large and volatile.


The Aphrodise difference

When you opt for our extraordinary sparkling rosé, you can be assured that every effort has been made to ensure a crisp, cold beverage with tiny, delicate bubbles. The fruity flavors of our summertime drink are perfect for hot days around the pool, on the beach, or balmy evenings spent on the boat or at the table.
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