A Visual 9 Step Process: How Champagne is Made

Have you ever wondered how Champagne is made? Here is a quick and easy reference guide that walks you through the process visually in 9 easy steps. Learn how grapes make their way from vineyard to bottle—through pressing, fermentation, blending, ageing, riddling, disgorgement and dosage, all while learning about the grapes, soils and regions from the Champagne region of France. Consider this a crash course that will make you a savvy, informed Champagne aficionado in a matter of minutes.

How Champagne is Made

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How To Make Champagne by Enobytes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Please attribute Enobytes when sharing this work. Click on the image for a printable version.

Of note, a special thanks goes out to Caroline Henry and Bryan Maletis for their Champagne expertise which guided this post to fruition.

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About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

20 Comments

  1. Kelly November 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    I love the graphic!

    • enobytes November 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM - Reply

      Cheers Kelly, glad you like it and find it useful…

  2. Beth November 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM - Reply

    I am in my WSET Level 2 course now and this is much better than the study guide! Cheers!

    • enobytes November 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM - Reply

      Mission accomplished! Cheers Beth.

  3. Shonan K. November 18, 2012 at 1:01 AM - Reply

    So cool! I think you should turn this into a 2 or 3 part series.

    • enobytes November 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM - Reply

      Cheers Shonan, I have more planned, stay tuned! Are there any particular topics you’d like covered?

      • Shonan K. November 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM - Reply

        Could you do a visual representation of the Sherry process? This process is always hard to digest when reading!

        • enobytes November 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM - Reply

          You got it Shonan, great idea!

  4. Seth C. January 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM - Reply

    You have a real talent for putting your thoughts into clear, original content. This infographic is easy to read and understand. Salute!

    • enobytes February 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM - Reply

      Sorry for the delayed response Seth, just found your comment, thanks for the kudos and cheers.

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