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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 drink more mindfully, then you'll be pleased to hear that there are some really fantastic non-alcoholic champagne alternatives on the market. 

Just like my first company, Nourished Life, my passion is giving consumers better choices. At Nourished Life I unearthed the best health & beauty products without toxins, and now I have made it my mission to find you the best wines without alcohol!

Our non-alcoholic sparkling wines includes Sparkling Chardonnay's, Blanc de Blancs, Sparkling Rose, Sparkling Shiraz, Prosecco and many others. 

What is non-alcoholic wine? 

Noughty is the best non-alc sparkling

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 non-alcoholic 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 remarkably pop or taste just like the real thing. 

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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?

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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 non-alcoholic sparkling wine, 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? 

B&G is French non-alc bubbles

The good news is, out of all of the non-alcoholic drinks on the market, it is the non-alcoholic sparkling wine that tastes the closest to the original alcoholic version. 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? 

1. Thomson & Scott Noughty

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BBC Good Food calls Noughty the "world leading" alcohol-free alternative to champagne: "Noughty sets the bar high for competitors and was in our opinion the closest match for a real wine." 

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 additional 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 calorie alternative to Champagne. This holds all the magnificent qualities of a great Sparkling Chardonnay. 

What customers are saying: "Surprised and delighted at how good this wine was. Will purchase again!" 

2. Barton & Guestier Sparkling Wine

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When you feel like French bubbles! The Barton & Guestier is an award winning sparkling wine from one of France’s oldest wine houses. This vegan, non-alcoholic sparkling wine has fine, long-lasting bubbles with a dry finish. 

What customers are saying: "Light, bubbly, stays fresh with a good stopper ! Its dryish and I get a nice pear taste . Easy to pop mid week and pretend its a real champers!" 

3. Odd Bird (Richard Juhlin) Blanc de Blancs

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Richard Juhlin is a highly respected Champagne critic known by wine connoisseurs worldwide for his tasting notes/critiques. Liberated from alcohol via a patented de-alcoholisation method, this is crisp and dry (with not a hint of sweet), it is very close to a Champagne style in the alcohol-free segment.

What customers are saying: "This is the best match to champagne I’ve tried so far, it’s dry I didn’t get any sweet taste." 

4. Plus & Minus Blanc de Blancs NV 

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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 added antioxidant rich grape seed extract. 

What customers are saying: "Absolutely loved this sparkling. Definitely NOT cheap & apple cider like. Tastes like a real Australian sparkling. I purchased this as a part of the six pack but loved this one so much I bought 6 bottles. If you love bubbles you’ll love this. Highly recommend."

5. Polka Sparkling with Native Lilly Pilly

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Polka is a de-alcoholised sparkling cuvée from South Australia that incorporates wild harvested, native Lilly Pilly. To create the perfect balance, flavour and texture wine makers have used a unique blend of 11 white wine varietals. This sparkling wine also comes with the added beauty benefits as Lilly Pilly is a known superfood known for skin brightening, anti-aging and boosting collagen production. 

What customers are saying: "We’ve tried a few different sparklings and this is one of the ones that is popular with both drinkers and non-drinkers- the Lilly Pilly brings a faint citrussy tartness which is quite pleasant."

6. Wild Life Botanicals Sparkling Blush

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Based in Cornwall, in the UK, Wild Life Botanicals are passionate about crafting sophisticated wine that is packed with health benefits. The flavour profile features rosehip tea, strawberries and Cornish orchard fruits such as crab apple and red apple. This plant powered sparkling also contains the calming properties of lemon balm, the soothing properties of damask rose and  stimulating damiana. 

What customers are saying: "The perfect drop for an afternoon sip! Light - fresh and easy to drink. Tastes like the real thing except without the hangover the next morning."

7. V.NO Sparkling Wine

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This vegan non-alcoholic sparkling wine was created with health and wellness in mind. It's a premium South Australian sparkling wine and it's both crisp and refreshing with a well-balanced citrus flavour. 

What customers are saying: "This was a great find and a really good price. A solid, everyday dry sparkling, love that it is Australian too."

Champagne Mocktails - Made with Non Alcoholic Sparkling wine

Mocktails are a fabulous way to enjoy non-alcoholic drinks. We have a huge mocktail section with many easy to make Champagne mocktails using non-alcoholic sparkling wines. 

Here are some of my favourites:

Peach Bellini Mocktail

Recipe: Noughty Peach Virgin Bellini Mocktail

Or you can cheat with the Virgin Bellini Cipriani 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.

 

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Lyre's Old Cuban Rum Mocktail

Recipe: Lyre's Old Cuban Rum Mocktail

Lyre's White Cane Spirit

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Lyre's Classico

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Black Velvet Mocktail

Details: Add 1 part non-alcoholic stout to 1 part non-alcoholic sparkling wine 

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Hemingway Mocktail 

The original was invented by Ernest Hemingway.

Details: Add 1 jigger of Lyre's non-alcoholic Absinthe to a flute of Sparkling Wine.

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If you have recently decided to take a break from alcohol, or drink more mindfully, then you'll be pleased to hear that there are some really fantastic non-alcoholic champagne alternatives on the market. 

Just like my first company, Nourished Life, my passion is giving consumers better choices. At Nourished Life I unearthed the best health & beauty products without toxins, and now I have made it my mission to find you the best wines without alcohol!

Our non-alcoholic sparkling wines includes Sparkling Chardonnay's, Blanc de Blancs, Sparkling Rose, Sparkling Shiraz, Prosecco and many others. 

What is non-alcoholic wine? 

Noughty is the best non-alc sparkling

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 non-alcoholic 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 remarkably 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?

Wild Life Botanicals Blush

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 non-alcoholic sparkling wine, 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? 

B&G is French non-alc bubbles

The good news is, out of all of the non-alcoholic drinks on the market, it is the non-alcoholic sparkling wine that tastes the closest to the original alcoholic version. 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? 

1. Thomson & Scott Noughty

 

BBC Good Food calls Noughty the "world leading" alcohol-free alternative to champagne: "Noughty sets the bar high for competitors and was in our opinion the closest match for a real wine." 

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 additional 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 calorie alternative to Champagne. This holds all the magnificent qualities of a great Sparkling Chardonnay. 

What customers are saying: "Surprised and delighted at how good this wine was. Will purchase again!" 

2. Barton & Guestier Sparkling Wine

When you feel like French bubbles! The Barton & Guestier is an award winning sparkling wine from one of France’s oldest wine houses. This vegan, non-alcoholic sparkling wine has fine, long-lasting bubbles with a dry finish. 

What customers are saying: "Light, bubbly, stays fresh with a good stopper ! Its dryish and I get a nice pear taste . Easy to pop mid week and pretend its a real champers!" 

3. Odd Bird (Richard Juhlin) Blanc de Blancs

Richard Juhlin is a highly respected Champagne critic known by wine connoisseurs worldwide for his tasting notes/critiques. Liberated from alcohol via a patented de-alcoholisation method, this is crisp and dry (with not a hint of sweet), it is very close to a Champagne style in the alcohol-free segment.

What customers are saying: "This is the best match to champagne I’ve tried so far, it’s dry I didn’t get any sweet taste." 

4. Plus & Minus Blanc de Blancs NV 

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 added antioxidant rich grape seed extract. 

What customers are saying: "Absolutely loved this sparkling. Definitely NOT cheap & apple cider like. Tastes like a real Australian sparkling. I purchased this as a part of the six pack but loved this one so much I bought 6 bottles. If you love bubbles you’ll love this. Highly recommend."

5. Polka Sparkling with Native Lilly Pilly

Polka is a de-alcoholised sparkling cuvée from South Australia that incorporates wild harvested, native Lilly Pilly. To create the perfect balance, flavour and texture wine makers have used a unique blend of 11 white wine varietals. This sparkling wine also comes with the added beauty benefits as Lilly Pilly is a known superfood known for skin brightening, anti-aging and boosting collagen production. 

What customers are saying: "We’ve tried a few different sparklings and this is one of the ones that is popular with both drinkers and non-drinkers- the Lilly Pilly brings a faint citrussy tartness which is quite pleasant."

6. Wild Life Botanicals Sparkling Blush

 

Based in Cornwall, in the UK, Wild Life Botanicals are passionate about crafting sophisticated wine that is packed with health benefits. The flavour profile features rosehip tea, strawberries and Cornish orchard fruits such as crab apple and red apple. This plant powered sparkling also contains the calming properties of lemon balm, the soothing properties of damask rose and  stimulating damiana. 

What customers are saying: "The perfect drop for an afternoon sip! Light - fresh and easy to drink. Tastes like the real thing except without the hangover the next morning."

7. V.NO Sparkling Wine

This vegan non-alcoholic sparkling wine was created with health and wellness in mind. It's a premium South Australian sparkling wine and it's both crisp and refreshing with a well-balanced citrus flavour. 

What customers are saying: "This was a great find and a really good price. A solid, everyday dry sparkling, love that it is Australian too."

Champagne Mocktails - Made with Non Alcoholic Sparkling wine

Mocktails are a fabulous way to enjoy non-alcoholic drinks. We have a huge mocktail section with many easy to make Champagne mocktails using non-alcoholic sparkling wines. 

Here are some of my favourites:

Peach Bellini Mocktail

Recipe: Noughty Peach Virgin Bellini Mocktail

Or you can cheat with the Virgin Bellini Cipriani 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.

 

 

Lyre's Old Cuban Rum Mocktail

Recipe: Lyre's Old Cuban Rum Mocktail

Lyre's White Cane Spirit

Lyre's Classico

 

Black Velvet Mocktail

Details: Add 1 part non-alcoholic stout to 1 part non-alcoholic sparkling wine 

 

Hemingway Mocktail 

The original was invented by Ernest Hemingway.

Details: Add 1 jigger of Lyre's non-alcoholic Absinthe to a flute of Sparkling Wine.

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Comments

Deborah - October 4, 2021

Plus +Minus and Noughty Sparkling both white and rose’ are the best non alcoholic s
Sparkling wines I’ve tried!

Also love them over ice and a slice of Orange with Lyre’s Italian Orange to make a non alcoholic version of Aperol Spritz…..

Cecilia - January 9, 2021

Do you have a sample box of all the non- alcoholic wines you mentioned that can be home delivered?

Gloria - January 9, 2021

Where can we purchase these wines?

Jacinta - November 5, 2020

Where to buy these sparkling wines ?
My favourite is red heavy wine such as Shiraz or Cabinet Sauvignon
Any suggestions?

Kelly - October 21, 2020

I’m following the WAL eating program and no artificial ingredients or preservatives are recommended. How do I find out what the ingredients are included in each of these wines?

Debbie Walker - October 16, 2020

Great idea the bottles look great!!!!!

Audrey - October 16, 2020

Hi i tried the McGuigan – on the label it says ‘sparkling wine’ rather than ‘Chardonnay’ so I’m not sure if it’s the same. It tasted like your what you described. I enjoyed it although it’s the first time I ventured into non alcoholic bubbles (or wines). My concern is the amount of sugar (over 6g per 100ml). Are non alcoholic red wines, white wines and sparkling have more sugar than normal varieties? Or is it that we don’t know the alcoholic version because they don’t have a nutritional label on the bottle?

Kerry - October 16, 2020

I’ve just tried Noughty and I really liked it. I’m keen to try the others on your list!

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