Australian sparkling wine is a type of sparkling wine produced in several wine regions in Australia, the most famous of which is produced in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills.
The grape varieties used in Australian sparkling wine production are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with some producers using a range of other grape varieties as well.
The production process for Australian sparkling wine typically follows the traditional method of secondary fermentation in the bottle, similar to Champagne. The wine is made by first producing a still wine, which is then bottled with a mixture of yeast and sugar to undergo a second fermentation. This process creates carbon dioxide and gives the wine its bubbles.
After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees for a period of time, usually several months or even years, to develop its flavors and aromas. The wine can be produced in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet, and can be white or rosé in color.
Australian sparkling wine is often enjoyed as an aperitif and pairs well with a range of dishes, including seafood, poultry and light salads.