To develop our ranking of the world's best sparkling wine regions, we used a combination of data (such as how much wine each region exports) and expert opinion (the judgement of genuine wine drinkers).
Here’s everything we looked at:
- Value & Affordability
We started by looking at how many wine-producing hectares each region has, using data from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). This is calculated based on the country's wine production as a whole as the data is not available for all regions to display the breakdown of the grape usage.
|Countries||Most hectares planted|
Next, we looked at how much wine each region produces, again using data from the OIV.
|Countries||Most volume produced (million hectolitres)|
Wine exporting is big business, with many wineries depending on good export levels to keep going. This is how much wine each region exports to other countries according to data from the OIV.
|Countries||Amount of all Wine Exported (in hectolitres)|
Today, the reputation of a wine can be earned and made online. To look at the popularity of each region’s wines, we looked at genuine user review ratings from wine community Vivino - these are the opinions of true wine aficionados.
Value & Affordability
Will some wine drinkers can afford to splash the cash a little, the vast majority like to keep an eye on their spending. That’s why we factored in the value and affordability of each region’s grapes. To help us, we looked at how wines have been ranked by Paste Magazine.
Our final step was to assign each region a maximum of ten points for each criteria (with ten being the best), depending on how well it performed against each of the five benchmarks. This enabled us to develop our definitive ranking of the world’s best wine regions.