Worldwide, sparkling wine was the fastest growing wine category over the last quarter of a century and there seems to be no end in sight to the trend. Currently, 10 percent of wine sold globally is sparkling with sales expected to reach $3.73 billion (15.8 million cases) by 2021.

Consumption of sparkling wines is continuing to grow around the globe with emerging popularity in Asia. Although the USA and the UK are still the two largest import markets, interest in sparkling wines is rising in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, where they are particular favorites among young urban women.

Over 700 sparkling wines from 25 countries competed in the 2019 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Here the eight Grand Gold medalists:

Chant d’Eole Brut Blanc de Blancs –
Cuvée Prestige 2014

Producer: Domaine du Chant d’Eole

Country: Belgium

Wine Region: Crémant de Wallonie

Varietals: Chardonnay 98%, Pinot blanc 2%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.2

Champagne Michel Genet MG BB Spirit

Producer: Champagne Michel Genet

Country: France

Wine Region: Champagne

Appellation: Champagne

Varietals: Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.5

Brut Rosado Mont Marçal 2017

Producer: Mont Marçal Vinicola SA

Country: Spain

Wine Region: Cataluña

Appellation: Cava Reserva

Varietals: Grenache 35%, Pinot noir 35%, Trepat 30%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 11.5

Montanha Real Grande Reserva Brut 2010

Producer: Caves da Montanha – A.Henriques SA

Country: Portugal

Wine Region: Bairrada

Appellation: Bairrada branco

Varietals: Chardonnay 50%, Arinto 40%, Baga 10%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.0

Champagne Bauchet Cuvée Mémoire
Premier Cru 2012

Producer: Champagne Bauchet

Country: France

Wine Region: Champagne

Appellation: Champagne

Varietals: Chardonnay 75%, Pinot noir 25%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.0

Oltrenero Cruasé Rosé

Producer: Zonin1821

Country: Italy

Wine Region: Lombardia

Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese DOC

Varietals: Pinot noir 100%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.0

Champagne Oudea Cuvée Blanc de Blancs

Producer: Champagne Oudea

Country: France

Wine Region: Champagne

Appellation: Champagne

Varietals: Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12.5

Monjardin Rosado Brut Nature Reserva Superior 2016

Producer: Bodegas Castillo de Monjardín SA (Producer)

Country: Spain

Wine Region:Navarra

Varietals:Chardonnay, Grenache

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 12