Wine making in Champagne is a very complex art to master. Although I would like to have a go, I’m lacking a few vital aspects: one being a vineyard!
However, if you have always wondered what magical processes go into making your wonderful Champagnes look no further. Produced by Bureau de Champagne, this fascinating document takes you from the start to the end of each individual stage of Champagne. With wonderful graphics and information that helps you easily understand, so the next time you are drinking your glass of champagne you will know how it was made!
Beginning with information on the Champagne regions (Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs and Côte des Bar.)
it continues on to state how the climate is ideal for grape growing. The three main different types of grapes produced are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Have you ever questioned why champagne is different from other wines? Well, this has all the answers; how the climate is suited for grape growing and the specialist techniques used. Without these geographical factors there would be no such thing as Champagne and that would make many people, including myself, very disappointed.
Champagne production is so special that even pruning the vines has required a diploma since 1938. Once the grapes have been nurtured throughout their life on the vines, the next very complex stage occurs, the processes regarding fermentation and maturity.
Read the PDF: Champagne: Terroir to Wine
Interested in further Champagne information, try the exciting interactive learning ChampagneCampus by Comité Champagne.