Australian Sparkling wines are made in all Australian wine regions and are tradtionally made using Chardonnay & Pinot Noir grapes and occasionally Pinot Meunier which is one of the tradtional grape varieties used in Champagne. Australian Sparkling wines range from 'cheap & cheerful fizz' to some fantastic top-end examples which are right up there with some of Champages best.
Sparkling wine has been made in France since the early 1500's but contrary to popular belief, Dom Perignon did not invent it but was influential in its production and quality. The term 'non-vintage' or NV, refers to wines made using diffent vintages and made to a 'house style' which gives a brand its unique expression and character. Popular brands of NV French Champages include Moet et Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Nicolas Feuillatte.