CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Virgin Wines: Celebration fizz for less

PUBLISHED: 14:17 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:17 04 December 2015

Virgin Wines

Virgin Wines


It’s a long held belief that the finest celebrations require the finest sparkling wines. It’s natural then that the biggest celebration of the year (Christmas) warrants a fine fizz to go with it, premium champagne from one of the finest houses in France perhaps...

... However that comes with a cost, and sometimes the purse strings just can’t stretch that far in December, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without. There are a number of alternatives that the British public are turning to.

You may or may not have heard about the rise of Prosecco, the Italian alternative to Champagne. Some feared there would be a shortage of Prosecco due to the demand, but luckily for everyone, that never materialised. When you add in some of the superb sparkling wines being produced around the World, there really are a lot of alternatives to the traditional Champagne toast.

In 2015 Prosecco racked up greater sales in the UK than Champagne, the first time it has ever achieved such a status. Sales of Prosecco grew by 72% in comparison to 2014, reaching £338.6m, as opposed to Champagne that grew by just 1.2% to £250m. More people are turning to Prosecco as the cheaper alternative and it’s easy to see why.

A bottle of good champagne is likely to set you back over £30, and if you have a taste for the finer things in life, it will cost upwards of £100 per bottle. Prosecco on the other hand is more likely to be around the £10 mark and as many of our customers are discovering, can be just as delicious and just as impressive.

Prosecco is made using the Glera grape native to the Veneto region of Italy. A lot of proseccos are medium-bodied dry or off dry with delicate stone fruit flavours. There are different types of Prosecco, some can be fully sparkling (spumante) and some are lightly sparkling (frizzante). However you’ll find they tend to be a little lighter than a lot of Champagnes, which make them perfect for entertaining over the Christmas season.

Alternatively you have slightly sparkling low alcohol wine like our Araldica Moscato d’Asti, a 5% offering from Italy, it’s light enough to be the perfect aperitif, but delicious enough to really impress your assorted guests. With it being just £9.99, it’s also ultimately affordable

We have sparkling selections from Australia, South Africa and the UK. Perhaps a Champagne blend from Sussex? It’s thoroughly enjoyable and will create quite the conversation as you show off your knowledge of the local wine scene. Maybe a sparkling Verdelho from the cape of South Africa is more your thing.

There is value to be had in celebration fizz this Christmas, you just need to explore off the beaten track and be willing to experiment.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Fri, 16:43

Find a fabulous gift for everyone with Whatley Manor’s monetary vouchers.

Read more
Thu, 09:13

Alleviate the stress of hectic Christmas preparation and endless shopping trips with a festive afternoon tea in one of these gorgeous Cotswold settings

Read more
Tue, 10:28

The hotel in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is offering free lunch or afternoon tea for the first ten that book for December 19

Read more
Mon, 12:09

A perfect gift where rest and relaxation is required.

Read more
Mon, 11:40

Applications are now open for a new competition that will give people from Gloucestershire the chance to see their food and drink products or ideas appear on supermarket shelves across the county

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dark and chilly winter evenings are perfect for huddling in the corner of a country pub with friends, catching up over beer and supper. The Cotswolds have cosy pubs aplenty – here are 12 of our favourite places to go...

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

The most famous Bangladeshi restaurant is celebrating an anniversary

Read more
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Amid the season of turkey and tinsel Whatley Manor are throwing in a festive curveball, an evening of lobster, fizz & fries!

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you’re after something for an adults’ stocking filler, a little something while you slave over the turkey dinner or a tipple to enjoy with your festive party guests, we pick 9 drinks from the Cotswolds you need to try this Christmas

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

If we can continue to show our support for talented and industrious jam-makers like these, we might just pull our favourite preserve out of the sticky situation it’s supposed to be in!

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘If its autumn in Gloucestershire, then it must be time for Apple Day when we celebrate cider’

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search