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On a statistical average, every German citizen drinks about 3.7 liters or 5 bottles of sparkling wine per year. Most of the sparkling wines consumed come from a few large wineries that bottle their products under various brand names and sell them mainly through food retailers (LEH) and discount markets. The price range for sparkling wines from the LEH and the discounters is disproportionately larger than for still wines. It starts at just under 2 euro and ends at about 13 euro for sparkling wine. For champagne, the price is sometimes even higher: the most expensive bottle we bought cost far more than 30 euro.

Everything that foams

But how good are these wines, which are often produced in editions of millions, really? Does the quality of the wines really depend on the price and do the qualities of champagne really meet the expectations? These are questions that every consumer and lover of the sparkling stuff has probably asked himself at least once. In a large blind tasting, Wein-Plus has obtained a comprehensive overview, at least of the sparkling wines available in southern Germany at the large retail chains.

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