As we know, Champagne does not only come from the Champagne region of France, but each region will refer to the sparkling wine process by a different name. Here in South Africa, we use the term methode cap classique, or MCC. So are there any other differences other than the obvious ‘made in France’ or ‘made in South Africa’?
Bubbly is made in three different ways: by carbonating a still wine; by fermenting and bottling wine under pressure; or by the traditional Champagne method (referred to as MCC in South Africa) where secondary fermentation takes place in the actual bottle you buy.
Think of ‘sparkling wine’ as the main way to describe bubbly, but even though all Champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Sparkling wine can come from anywhere: Champagne from France, Cava from Spain, and Prosecco and Moscato d’Asti from Italy. MCC is a South African term indicating a sparkling wine made in the traditional method (the same way as Champagne is made in France), by which secondary fermentation takes place inside the bottle.
This leaves us with the answer we have been searching for: the only difference between Champagne and MCC is the region in which they are produced.