How to Make Sparkling Wine Using the Méthode Ancestrale

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Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 2 min read

The méthode ancestrale sparkling wine production method can be traced back to Limoux, a region in Southwestern France credited with producing the first sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux, in 1531. While the monks who pulled it off were likely taking their fermentation cues from the seasons, today’s winemakers must exert far more skill and control to streamline the process.