Our Story

CAN CHAMPAGNE AND PROSECCO BE LOW CALORIE OR LOW SUGAR?

We're all obsessed with what we're eating and want to be fit and healthy, but many of us still love a drink from time to time.  In the search for the perfect blend of healthy hedonism, I wanted to find a way of enjoying great-tasting sparkling wine that’s as pure as possible.

It’s easy to be side-tracked and focus on calories.  If you want to cut calories dramatically, you need to cut down on alcohol because it's loaded with them. 

For me, sugar is the devil.  I was surprised to find out that, while I was enjoying my chilled bubbles, I was also unknowingly ingesting high levels of sugar, pesticides, and animal by-products not listed on the label.  I was raised on a vegetarian, no sugar diet by a health-conscious mother, so this was a shock to me.

I set up Thomson & Scott to enjoy delicious Champagne, Prosecco and sparkling wine that avoided adding unnecessary sugar to the production process.

WHY SKINNY CHAMPAGNE AND SKINNY PROSECCO?

I originally created Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco because I love drinking delicious sparkling wine but I wanted to know exactly what was in my bottle.

I thought, "If I can create my own portfolio that is made as purely as possible, either organically or using a vegan method of production, without the addition of unnecessary sugar, then it's basically a 'skinny' version, avoiding the inclusion of all the nasties I didn't need!"

So I left my career as a BBC broadcast journalist and took my young family on an adventure to live in Paris where I studied for my Diploma in Wine at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu School. 

It was there that I found the perfect Champagne that was made without any added sugar - traditionally known in the industry as 'zero dosage.'  Soon after that I also discovered a top quality Prosecco that we could produce with 7g of sugar per litre instead of the traditional 12/15g.

We launched in the UK and began enlightening consumers about the hidden aspects of wine making and got them asking about what was in their own bottle. 

We're now spreading the word internationally in new markets across the globe including the U.S., New Zealand, South Africa and Latin America!

TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

We've created a movement - a new category in the market. There are now a number of other sparkling wines that have followed our lead, but there's still much more to be done. 

The industry needs to be more transparent.  Wine labelling is currently sparse in its detail and misleading in its description.  The wine industry doesn’t have to say on the label exactly what goes into making the products we drink, which I think is crazy!

And in an effort to be one of the first wine companies to also put a real focus on our environmental impact, all our own deliveries are made with packaging that is 100% recyclable.

Click on Shop Now to find out more about each of our bottles and cans and email us if you have any questions or comments - we're always keen to hear from you!

Awards

Thompson & Scott Le Cordon Bleu award

Entrepreneur of the year

Thompson & Scott Export champion 2019 logo

Export Champion for Department for International Trade

EY  Winning Women 2017

EY Winning Women 2017

PRESS

Thomson & Scott has taken the UK media by storm. With unprecedented demand, Thomson & Scott Prosecco has been praised by Holly and Phillip on ITV’s This Morning, featured in every national newspaper and namechecked by GQ and BBC Radio 5 Live for trending on Twitter. It was called “a gift from God” by The Times. High praise indeed.

We are active across all major social media channels and love hearing from our customers and those interested in drinking better. So, do get in touch.

A GIFT FROM GOD.

The Times

BASICALLY A HEALTH FOOD.

Cosmopolitan

SOME GENIUS HAS CREATED THOMSON & SCOTT PROSECCO AND WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.

The Metro

YOU KNOW YOU WANT IN, SO DON’T EVEN TRY TO PRETEND YOU’RE TOO COOL.

The Guardian

For media inquiries please contact press@thomsonandscott.com

THOMSON & SCOTT STOCKISTS

If you’re interested in becoming a partner please contact hello@thomsonandscott.com

Our base is in London but our partnerships spread across the globe from the U.S. to New Zealand, South Africa to Mexico…

UK RETAIL:

John Lewis, Amazon, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Maple & Kings, Ocado, Planet Organic, Selfridges

LONDON BARS AND RESTAURANTS:

Aubaine, Barworks, Dalloway Terrace, The Dover Street Arts Club, The Diner Group, Ethos, Mare Street Market, McQueen, Tell Your Friends

WORLDWIDE HOTELS/SPAS:

The Bloomsbury Hotel, The Grove, Locanda al colle, Six Senses, Yotel

EVENT PARTNERS:

Anya Hindmarch, Barry’s Bootcamp, Bella Freud, Deloitte, Donna Ida, Eat by Chloe, EY, FarFetch, Heartcore, Jigsaw, Joe Wicks, Linklaters, LoveFit, Memery Crystal, Missguided, 1Rebel, Prabal Gurung and Caroline Issa, Pride London, Psycle, PWC, RIBA, River Island Men, Smith & Sinclair, Vegan Nights and V For, Vestiaire Collective, Vino Van, White Company

Q&A

What inspired Amanda Thomson to create the Thomson & Scott brand?

I grew up on a sugar-free, vegetarian diet and I’ve always been dedicated to keeping my diet and lifestyle healthy – I was finding that it was much easier to keep up a low-sugar diet in the foods that I ate, but it was extremely difficult to know what was in the wine and alcohol that I enjoyed. This compelled me to create Thomson & Scott and give health-conscious consumers like me the option to drink a premium sparkling wine that is vegan and organic, as well as no additives like animal-derived by-products or harmful pesticides. Now, we offer a delicious range of premium wines in Thomson & Scott portfolio for customers to fall in love with.

How is Thomson & Scott produced, and how much sugar is in the product?

My mother always thought sugar was the devil - and I have to say, I agree! – so we certainly take every measure to ensure Thomson & Scott wines are as pure as we can make them. We produce Thomson & Scott Champagne and Prosecco via a wholly vegan process. Each bottle of Thomson & Scott has between 0.1g-7g of sugar per litre and doesn’t contain any additives such as harmful pesticides or animal-derived by-products.

Is your product organic, gluten-free or vegan?

Yes! All Thomson & Scott products are 100% vegan. We also don’t include any additives such as harmful pesticides or animal-derived by-products in our Champagne and Prosecco.

How much alcohol is in Thomson & Scott products, and is it comparable to competitors?

We certainly aren’t here to compare ourselves to other brands, but we can say that Thomson & Scott Prosecco is 11% ABV while Thomson & Scott Champagne Grand Cru is 12% ABV. Our cans are 10% ABV.

How are Thomson & Scott products made, and where?

Thomson & Scott Prosecco is produced with 100% organic Glera grapes from the foothills of the Dolomites, which is close to Soligo in North East Italy. Thomson & Scott Vegan Champagne is made exclusively for us by master Champagne maker Alexandre Penet in Verzy, France. Our Sparkler Rosé is top quality 100% organic Italian frizzante wine that is vegan friendly.

How do you choose the blends that make up the product?

I’ve personally tasted hundreds of different makers’ products to find the right recipes that make Thomson & Scott so unique – and top quality! We are dedicated to ensuring that the process is as pure and transparent as it can be to stay true to our mission.

Why do you believe in more transparency in wine labelling, and why do you feel that the wine industry has not been more open to revealing their products’ ingredients?

Just as we are now all coming around to the notion of better eating, I’m advocating for better drinking to become part of our lifestyles as well. I can’t speak for others, but we are proud to provide as much information as possible about how the Thomson & Scott portfolio is created and exactly what’s in each bottle – and more importantly, what isn’t.

What made you leave your career as a BBC broadcaster to create the Thomson & Scott brand?

While I loved the experience of being a broadcaster for such an iconic network as the BBC, I fell in love with the opportunity of creating the Thomson & Scott brand to offer health-conscious consumers like myself who want to know what's in their bottle!

Where did you learn about wine-making?

Once I was inspired to found Thomson & Scott, I immediately enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and earned a Diploma in Wine and Wine Management. I also enlisted famed French wine producer Alexandre Penet to produce Thomson & Scott to ensure the premium, top-quality finished product that we launched to great fanfare.

Where is the Thomson & Scott brand being sold in the U.S.?

We’re excited to announce that while Thomson & Scott Prosecco is available for purchase in Boston and Texas, with additional markets rolling out in the coming months. The product will also soon be for sale through our website in select markets nationwide.

Can we expect additional new product or category launches from Thomson & Scott in the future?

Absolutely! Just as I’ve chased new stories over the years as a reporter for BBC, I’m now completely dedicated to chasing after the next organic grape to continue developing the Thomson & Scott portfolio. More to come soon!

How successful is the Thomson & Scott brand in the U.K.?

Thomson & Scott is a huge success in the U.K. and it’s quickly gained cult-status since we launched in April 2016 at Selfridges. Thomson & Scott Prosecco sold out in its first week there and continues to be Selfridges best-selling wine. It was the number one searched product on their website during its launch across all verticals, even its beauty, fashion and tech sections. We also have great partners with iconic U.K. retailers like Fenwick, Harvey Nichols and Ocado to name just three. We're also available on Amazon.

How many calories are in your bottles?

Each gram of pure alcohol has 7 calories. Each gram of sugar has 4 calories. Each degree of acidity has 4 calories. So the dominant factor in determining calories in a wine is ABV (Alcohol By Volume).

In all our wines, the calorie count is due to the fact that we avoid adding unnecessary sugar to the production process.

Our Champagne has approx 70 calories per 100m glass and out Prosecco has 67 calories per 100ml glass. Our cans are approx 65 calories per 100ml.

To effectively reduce calorie intake in alcoholic drinks, the recommendation is low alcohol (<5% ABV) or alcohol free drinks (<0.05% ABV). But the sugar content also needs to be checked, which can be high.

We suggested drinking less but better - always check the contents of your wine bottle and if you're unsure of what's in it because of insufficient detail on the labelling, ask the seller or producer directly.