Away from the large mass productions of sparkling wine brands, very fine sparkling wines are produced in Germany by small winegrowers, mostly made from Riesling or Burgundy varieties based on the model of Champagne using the bottle fermentation process. This happens in almost all German growing areas in the same way, no region particularly stands out. The scene is booming, many small sparkling wine producers have emerged in recent years that are committed to the highest quality and are enjoying great success on the market.
The production of high-quality sparkling wines is complex and time-consuming, and therefore capital-intensive. For this reason, many winegrowers give suitable base wines for sparkling wine to specialists, who then return the finished sparkling wine to the winegrower after years of maturation. The harvest for first-class sparkling wine has different requirements than those of a top wine. In general, the sparkling wine is harvested much earlier, because sparkling wine needs a solid acid structure to be in the best balance.