A dry white sparkling wine that was originally produced in the Champagne region of France, but is now produced in other wine producing regions. It is known as a sparkling wine because of its natural carbonation. Those sparkling wines that are referred to as “true” champagne come only from France’s Champagne region.
The five main growing areas of the Champagne region are: Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Aube, and Côte de Sézanne.
The main grape varieties in “true” champagne are the red pinot noir and pinot meunier, and the white grape varietal chardonnay.