The Charmat Method of Producing Sparkling Wines

Definition:

The Charmat method (also called the "Italian Method") of producing sparkling wines is often used in the crafting of Prosecco. This method forces the second fermentation to happen in a large stainless steel tank prior to bottling, rather than in the bottle like the traditional méthode champenoise. The Charmat method is a cheaper means for pushing a wine through second fermentation and is best used on sparkling wines that are meant to be consumed young and relatively fresh.

 

Also Known As: Italian Method, Metodo Italiano or Martinotti-Charmat Method