Sparkling wine stands for celebration, whether it’s cracking open champagne to toast a smart wedding or popping the cork on a pocket-friendly prosecco to party with friends on a Friday night.
Alcohol-free sparkling wine has been around for quite a while, but until quite recently much of it was pretty disappointing and overly sweet. While beer has led the booze-free march with great success (check out our round up of the best non-alcoholic beers for our favourites), 0% wine is more tricky to replicate – removing alcohol from a liquid takes away the alcohol-soluble aroma and flavor compounds, as well as the mouth-filling texture of alcohol itself. Wine generally has a higher ABV than beer, resulting in it losing more of its intrinsic character when the alcohol is extracted.
The good news if you’re avoiding booze is that now there’s no need to miss out on the fun. The burgeoning trend for no/lo drinking, along with big improvements in technology, has led wine producers to really up their game and many are now making soft sparklers with real grown-up pizzazz. In addition to wine-based options, ingredients and fermentation techniques from on-trend kombuchas and kefirs are now showing up in alcohol-free alternatives to bubbly. While they’ll never be confused with champagne, these are often intriguingly complex and textured, and well worth splashing out on for a special occasion. Read on for our top picks of the best non-alcoholic champagne and prosecco alternatives.
Best non-alcoholic champagne and prosecco alternatives at a glance
- Best budget non-alcoholic prosecco: zerozecco, £2.79
- Best close alternative to prosecco: La Gioiosa Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine, £4.99
- Best pink prosecco alternative: M&S Alcohol Free Fizzero Rosé, £4.50
- Best non-alcoholic German fizz: Leitz ‘Eins Zwei Zero’ Sparkling Riesling, £6.99
- Best non-alcoholic champagne alternative: Thomson & Scott ‘Noughty’, £13.50
- Best sparkling tea: Copenhagen Company Blue organic sparkling tea, £18.99
- Best refreshing non-alcoholic fizz: Wild Life Botanicals Nude, £16
- Best kombucha: Jar Ginger Kombucha, £21.73, 8 x 240ml
- Best for natural wine lovers: Muri ‘Passing Clouds’£19
Best non-alcoholic champagne and prosecco alternatives to buy 2023
Cheerful bubbles with a big burst of elderflower and a fresh, clean finish that’s not too sweet.
La Gioiosa Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine
Best close alternative to prosecco
This is as close as you’ll get to a booze-free prosecco, made from the same glera grape and with the same floral fruitiness that makes for easy summer drinking. Knock it back as you would with prosecco, or mix it with Martini’s Vibrante Non-Alcoholic Aperitif (£8, Sainsbury’s) for a close approximation of an Aperol spritz.
M&S Fizzero Rosé
Best pink prosecco alternative
Strawberry-scented pink fizz made with the addition of green tea that lends a pleasing tannic crunch. A great substitute for the newly launched pink proseccos that are all the rage this year.
Leitz ‘Eins Zwei Zero’ Sparkling Riesling
Best non-alcoholic German fizz
A sparkling riesling from one of Germany’s most respected winemakers. The alcohol is removed using the gentle vacuum distillation process which retains riesling’s characteristic fruitiness and lovely lime juice zest. Very moreish.
Waitrose Cellar (£6.99)
Thomson & Scott ‘Noughty’
Best non-alcoholic champagne alternative
Organic, vegan and low in sugar, this sparkling chardonnay has bright bubbles, a green-apple crispness and a clean, dry finish. One of the best alternatives to champagne to be found.
Copenhagen Sparkling Tea Blue
Best sparkling tea
Developed by award-winning Danish sommelier, Jacob Kocemba, this is a blend of 13 different teas mixed with organic grape juice. Seriously impressive, fragrant and complex with smoky notes of jasmine and lemon zest, it’s easy to see why this range has been snapped up by many smart restaurants as a food-friendly fizz.
Wild Life Botanicals Nude
Best refreshing non-alcoholic fizz
‘Bubbles with benefits’ is the strapline of this brand, referring to the vitamins, minerals and botanicals that are added to its base of sauvignon blanc. Fragrant and refreshing, it also comes in 20cl bottles.
Jar Ginger Kombucha
We love the sour tang of kombucha and this is one of our favourites. Made with organic green tea, oolong tea and fresh ginger juice, it has a fiery kick and is really appetizing. All four flavors in the range are really good – get a mixed case and try for yourself. Check out our full taste test and round-up of the best kombuchas for more inspiration.
Muri ‘Passing Clouds’
Best for natural wine lovers
Another new innovation from Denmark, this uses several fermentation techniques on a range of ingredients including white currants, quince, jasmine tea and geranium to create a really beguiling fizz. Savory and textured, it would appeal to lovers of natural wine with its peachy fruit and gentle funky hit.
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