Is Champagne Gluten Free?

by Becky | Posted in Q&A

Pop the bubbly without the worries! Delight in savouring your favourite tipple as we answer the question: Is champagne gluten free?

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Question

Is champagne gluten free?

Answer

Yes, generally speaking, champagne is considered gluten-free.

Coeliacs (Celiacs to our American friends) are welcome to enjoy champagne, however, always check the label before consumption to confirm no additional ingredients or processes were added that may include gluten.

After vigorously testing as much champagne as possible, I have yet to come across a bottle with gluten in it, but, as always with this lifestyle; check, check and double-check!

line up of luxury champagne bottles

Why champagne is gluten-free

True champagne (and other sparkling wines) is made from fermented grapes, and the traditional method of production involves a second fermentation in the bottle.

Grapes do not contain gluten, and the process of making champagne typically does not involve the use of gluten-containing ingredients.

However, it’s always a good idea to check the label or contact the producer to ensure that there are no additional ingredients or processes that might introduce gluten.

Additionally, if you have gluten sensitivity or Coeliac disease, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice.

So, there is no gluten in champagne?

Absolutely, champagne is fabulously gluten-free diet diet-friendly.

becky and joe with champagne

What brands of champagne are gluten-free?

Generally, all brands of champagne are gluten free but ensure you check the label for any additional ingredients or additives that may contain gluten.

Is Moet champagne gluten-free?

Yes, Moét champagne is gluten-free.

Is Bollinger Champagne gluten-free?

Yes, Bollinger champagne is gluten-free.

Is Larrier Champagne gluten-free?

Yes, Larrier champagne is gluten-free.

Are there health benefits to champagne?

Champagne, like other types of wine, contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, which may contribute to heart health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, moderate consumption of champagne has been associated with improved mood and mental well-being due to its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.

However, it’s important to consume champagne in moderation to reap these potential health benefits, as excessive alcohol consumption can have adverse effects on health.

What are the typical ingredients in a bottle of champagne?

Champagne typically contains the following ingredients:

  1. Grapes: Champagne is made primarily from three grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These grapes provide the base for the wine.
  2. Yeast: Yeast is essential for the fermentation process, where it converts the sugars in the grapes into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
  3. Sugar: During the winemaking process, a small amount of sugar is often added to the wine to balance its acidity and sweetness.
  4. Liqueur de Tirage: This mixture of sugar and yeast is added to the wine to induce a second fermentation in the bottle, which creates the bubbles characteristic of champagne.
  5. Sulfites: Sulfites are naturally occurring compounds or added preservatives that help prevent spoilage and oxidation in the wine.
  6. Fining agents: These agents, such as bentonite or egg whites, are used to clarify the wine by removing any remaining particles or sediment.

Where do the grapes come from for champagne?

The grapes used to make Champagne typically come from the Champagne region of France.

This region, located in northeastern France, is known for its unique terroir, which includes chalky soil, cool climate, and specific grape-growing conditions.

The three main grape varieties used in Champagne production—Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier—are cultivated in vineyards throughout the Champagne region.

These grapes are carefully harvested and vinified by Champagne producers to create the world-renowned sparkling wine known as Champagne.

What other alcoholic beverages are gluten-free?

Several alcoholic beverages are naturally gluten-free, including:

  1. Wine: Both red and white wines are generally gluten-free, as they are made from fermented grapes.
  2. Spirits: Most distilled spirits, such as vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and whiskey, are also gluten-free. The distillation process removes gluten proteins from the final product, making them safe for people with gluten sensitivities.
  3. Cider: Cider is made from fermented apple juice and is naturally gluten-free.
  4. Mead: Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water, and it is naturally gluten-free.
  5. Sake: Sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine, is made from fermented rice and is naturally gluten-free.

It’s important to note that while these alcoholic beverages are typically gluten-free, flavoured or mixed versions may contain added ingredients that could contain gluten.

Remember what I said about checking three times? 😊

Gluten-free champagne-based cocktails

Here are some popular champagne cocktails that you can try out:

  1. Mimosa: A classic brunch cocktail made with champagne and orange juice (typically served in a flute glass)
  2. Bellini: Originating from Venice, Italy, the Bellini is made with peach purée and champagne, creating a fruity and refreshing drink
  3. French 75: This cocktail combines gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne, resulting in a crisp and citrusy concoction (who doesn’t love champagne AND gin!)
  4. Kir Royale: A French cocktail made with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and champagne, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity
  5. Champagne Cocktail: A simple yet elegant cocktail made with a sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters, topped with champagne, and garnished with a lemon twist
  6. Aperol Spritz: While traditionally made with Prosecco, this Italian cocktail can also be prepared with champagne, Aperol, and soda water for a light and bubbly aperitif

These wonderful cocktails showcase champagne’s versatility and are perfect for celebrating special occasions or adding a touch of sophistication to any dinner party.

What it is like to drink champagne on a gluten-free diet

My husband Joe and I are big fans of champagne, so it was a huge relief to find that champagne is indeed gluten-free.

We have tried many champagnes together over the years, but my favourite has remained the Bollinger Special Curvée.

Perhaps this isn’t just because it has a delicate and lovely taste, but also because I was a big fan of Absolutely Fabulous.

Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) always kept her fridge well stocked with Bollinger Special Cuvée champagne!

edina monsoon fridge full of champagne

I will leave you with a quote from Edina herself on the topic of champagne:

I don’t want more choice, I just want nicer things!

there is no gluten in champagne

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Champagne is well known to pair favourably with fish-based meals, so why not try my gluten-free fish cakes and gluten free fish and chips recipes?

Further gluten free reading on wine

If you are interested in a delicious and refreshing alcoholic beverage, you can check out my Is cider gluten-free article.