7 Best Non-Alcoholic Alternatives to Champagne
If Champagne or Sparkling Wine is your drink of choice, search no more! I've put together a list of the absolute world best non-alcoholic alternatives to champagne for every occasion. This is an updated and fully revised blog, highlighting the best bubbles for 2021.
If you have recently decided to take a break from alcohol, or cut it out of your life completely but are struggling to find non-alcoholic alternatives to your favourite drinks, I have done all the hard work and have found the very best options for you. And if Champagne is your drink of choice, search no more! I've put together a list of the absolute world best non-alcoholic alternatives for those who love champagne and sparkling wine for all occasions.
Want to skip the article? You can go straight to our non-alcoholic sparkling wine section where you will a huge range including Sparkling Chardonnay, Blanc de Blancs, Sparkling Rose, Sparkling Shiraz and more.
What is non-alcoholic wine?
Also known as dealcoholised wine or alcohol-free wine, this is a range of wine that has been produced in the same way as traditional wine, but with the alcohol removed before bottling. Depending on the technique used to remove the alcohol, there can often be trace amounts left inside, however this is less than 0.5% ABV which is approximately the same amount as found naturally in fruit juices.
In order for a wine to be legally classed as “non-alcoholic” it must have an alcohol volume of 0.5% of less. It is possible to find dealcoholised wine which contains 0% alcohol and wine that is Certified Halal. There are also many 'wine alternatives' that have been created without any wine or alcohol, yet remarkable pop or taste just like the real thing.
What is sparkling wine?
Sparkling wine is wine with a little something something added to make it pop! That little something is carbon dioxide – which can happen naturally or be added as a craft. Traditionally, sparkling wine can be made from a mix of pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier grapes. Winemakers tailor the amounts of each grape variety in order to create their own house blend, or they just throw tradition out the window and write their own sparkling rules. In order for a wine to be called Blanc de Blanc, it must only contain white grape varieties.
Sparkling wine or champagne?
The main difference between them is that all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. In fact you can not label a sparkling wine as Champagne if it’s not officially a Champagne, meaning it must come from the Champagne region of France. So Champagne must hail from its namesake, but other varieties of sparkling wine do exist and should be referred to as sparkling wine, not Champagne.
How is non-alcoholic sparkling wine made?
There are different varieties of sparkling wine, each with their own distinct taste, ingredient list and aroma. When it comes to making a great NA sparkling, the methods can vary slightly between winemakers, but the same basic principles apply…
- Go through the wine making process as you would any other wine.
- Remove the alcohol from the wine before bottling using the distillation method
It may sound simple, but it is an involved process that requires a real craft, and because there is no alcohol to mask the taste, the making of an alcohol-free Sparkling wine requires a whole new level of science and art.
What does non-alcoholic sparkling wine taste like?
The good news is, out of all of the non-alcoholic drinks on the market, it is the sparkling wine segment, that tastes the closest to the original alcoholic version. Gone are the days of the sparkling grape juice you would find at the supermarket (or at the liquor store), consumer demand has forced science and innovative wine makers to come up with innovative solutions that ensure the final product is the real thing! The wines I’ve listed here are a combination of my best sellers, my best reviewed, and the ones in the highest demand.
What are the BEST non-alcoholic alternatives to champagne and sparkling wines?When you feel like French bubbles! The Barton & Guestier is an award winning sparkling wine from one of France’s oldest wine houses. It is vegan, low calorie and lower in sugar (5.5g per 100). It has fine, long-lasting bubbles with a dry finish.
Richard Juhlin is a highly respected Champagne critic known by wine connoisseurs worldwide for his tasting notes/critiques. He has written multiple books on champagne including “A Scent of Champagne” one of the most renowned wine books in the world.
Liberated from alcohol via a patented de-alcoholisation method, this is crisp and dry (with not a hint of sweet), it is as close to a Champagne style as you can get in the alcohol-free segment.
Lindeman’s, located in NSW wine country, is a top-tier Aussie wine brand that’s known for its high-quality delicious variety of wines. They take 175 years of wine making tradition and pour it into each and every wine they craft, including this non-alcoholic sparkling. Do not be fooled by the inclusion of muscat, this is a very dry, sharp sparkling with a tantalisingly tart flavour notes to provide Chardonnay lovers everywhere with an alcohol-free option to their drink of choice.
Amanda Thomson wanted to create a non-alcoholic version of her drink of choice (a delicious, champagne-style, celebratory sparkling) that was not only fun but offered significant health benefits in comparison to alcoholic sparkling and kept the pizzazz and all-round flavour of the real deal.
Noughty became nice when Amanda perfected this recipe with a vegan, Certified Organic, low sugar (only 2.9g per 100mls) alternative to Champagne. This holds all the magnificent qualities of a great Sparkling Chardonnay.
This Australian dry Blanc de Blancs from Plus & Minus wines uses Chardonnay, Sémillon and Colombard exclusively. It has all of the aroma, taste and mouthfeel of a classic sparkling white wine with the added health benefits of antioxidant rich grape seed extract.
Another sparkling wine from Odd Bird, this is a true Italian Spumante. This is a dry, classic Italian sparkling with an extra pop from natural fermentation. With notes of gooseberry, melon, white pear, grapefruit and green apple, this is delicious beyond expectation.
This fizzy alternative is a little different to the others we’ve included here on our list. This bold beauty is actually made without any alcohol at all. It’s not dealcoholised, rather it is crafted with fermented grape juice and premium green tea to perfectly recreate the classic flavour of a delicious dry sparkling white wine.
It’s highly refreshing, well-balanced, vegan and contains zero alcohol. It’s a truly innovative drop that’s perfect for health-conscious sparkling lovers.
Which cocktails are made with champagne or sparkling wine?
All of these delicious bubbles can also be made into non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails). Here are some of my favourites:
Peach Bellini (add peach purée)
Or you can cheat with the Cipriani Virgin Bellini made by the family who invented this cocktail, this is the same Bellini's they serve at their world famous Harry's Cafe in Venice. You can enjoy these on their own or add to your favourite Sparkling wine.
Mimosa (add orange juice)
Black Velvet (add a stout beer)
Add one 1 part Lyre's non-alcoholic Absinthe
If you’ve tried any of these sparkling alternatives to regular champagne, which one did you enjoy most? Let me know below!