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08 June, 2021

How traditional sparkling wine is made

Every wine connoisseur at least once in his life has pondered over the history of sparkling wine origin and how it is made.

Champagne is made by the traditional method, also known as Méthode Champenoise, classical method, Champagne method, and other variations. Although Méthode Champenoise is mostly used in France and is the most popular in the eponymous region – Champagne, it is applied for the sparkling wine production in other European countries and all over the world.

History of champagne

There are three different stories telling us how the champagne appeared:

According to this story, they supplied the British with red and white wines from the northeastern region of Champagne. Somehow the British forgot inexpensive white wines on London docks, the wines cooled down, and it caused them the 2d fermentation. And the "mistake", according to Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, led to a great invention - champagne.

However, the French and British have not yet agreed on which country invented the traditional method.

Interesting fact

The Champagne region has perfect conditions for growing grapes, and this is caused by historical preconditions. 245 million years ago a prehistoric sea was on the site of modern Champagne region. The fossilized remains of sea creatures left since then, have turned into chalk, which contains just the right amount of water. Due to the chalk the vines do not dry out, and thus it creates ideal conditions for growing grapes.

How traditional sparkling wine is made

There are 8 steps to be followed while making wine by the traditional method

The juice obtained after the first extraction is called Cuvée and is considered the highest quality.

Important! While ageing bottles must be rotated regularly.

Most winemakers remove the sediment, but sometimes they also decide to leave it. If the Lees persist, it may create a cloudy effect in the glass. There are two ways to drink champagne in this case - in a transparent form, allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom of the bottle, or mixing the sediment of the bottle in small or large quantities. This will change the taste of the champagne and allow you to get at least two different flavors from one bottle.

This is also a moment for winemakers to decide whether to add more sugar, and if so, how much. This will determine how sweet the champagne is going to be.

Undoubtedly, taste is one of the most important characteristics of quality champagne. However, for the customer to pay attention to your bottle of sparkling wine among a few competing products, you need to take care of its decoration.

JSC Technologia offers ample opportunities in the manufacture of champagne capsules

We know well what a perfectly decorated bottle of champagne should look like, because we have 20 years of experience in the production of capsules for every taste with a modern design.

The main elements to pay attention to when creating a champagne capsule:

  1. Skirt and top-disk decorations – we create a unique design using the techniques of flexographic printing, rotogravure, stamping, embossing and special inks printing;
  2. Use of space-ring, longitudinal canals and ventilation openings;
  3. We offer large, small or pointed medallions for the special decoration of capsules and reducing the cost of using a throat label;
  4. Opening devices – perforation or tear-off tape;
  5. Embossing – decoration in the form of a large, small rhomb or orange skin, individual embossing of capsules.

JSC Technologia produces material for capsules on its own, so using different types of materials, we can meet the requirements of winemakers focused on economic mass production, and those who work on an exclusive special drink.

Recently, JSC Technology has begun to use biological polyethylene in the material for capsules, which comes from renewable sources. It allows our customers to use more environmentally friendly solution.

We offer champagne capsules for bottles with a volume of 0.2 to 9 liters with a wide range of sizes, which allows you to stably perform bottling and decorate the bottle more aesthetically.

Contact our managers in any convenient way, and they will help you choose the best capsule for sparkling wine.

 

 

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