As bubbly connoisseurs know, you don’t have to look to usual suspects like France, Spain, Italy, or California to find a good glass of sparkling wine. And as more wine regions craft their own effervescent vintages, some hotels that call them home have introduced experiences to connect guests to these emerging labels.
In England, the southeast region of Sussex is enjoying increased visibility of late, and not only because of its newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan). The area is quickly becoming known for its sparkling blends and has emerged as the UK’s first real wine tourism destination. The Historic Sussex Hotels group (made up of three hotels in the region) has been supporting area producers and wineries for years, from featuring local vintages on its bar menus to launching an English Wine Weekend at Ockenden Manor each May. Ockenden Manor can also set up year-round “under the hood” visits to local wineries, where you will meet with the owners and makers and learn the stories behind some of the blends (such as what led to the Queen selecting Ridgeview Wine Estate’s Blanc de Blanc bubbles to serve at Buckingham Palace). You’ll also get to taste top English bubbly from producers such as Bluebell Vineyard Estate and Albourne Estate. Experiences can be booked à la carte, or opt for Ockenden Manor’s A Glass of Sussex package, which includes one night’s accommodation, breakfast, a vineyard visit, and a five-course tasting menu.
Though best known for its pinot noirs and Chardonnays, Oregon’s wine industry has also been branching out into the sparkling world. Known for its top-notch culinary and beverage program (including a bar that stocks a wide array of regional beer and wine), the Allison Inn & Spa resort in the scenic Willamette Valley is able to draw upon its relationships with area wineries to offer guests private tours, tastings, and VIP experiences. Head to the on-site Jory Restaurant to try a glass of Trisaetum vineyard’s Pashey Blanc de Blancs—part of the label’s first-ever line of sparkling wine, released this year—and then visit the winery to meets the winemakers and learn more about their production.