VINCABULARY – Charmat Method

There are a number of ways to create a sparkling wine.  The enclosed Barboursville Brut is made in the Charmat or Metodo Italiano method.

Used widely in Italy, the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather than in individual bottles.

The winery explains this winemaking decision “The growing season does not yield a Chardonnay for the extended winery aging or shelf life of a wine in the Champagne style, but lends itself beautifully to the cultivation of young-harvested sparkling wine grapes destined for vinification in the Prosecco style, of primary and secondary fermentation in stainless steel tank, with generous lees-aging for a brilliant, luscious, and flagrantly romantic palate.”

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