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Champagne history

The first wine was made in Champagne about 2,000 years ago.

Champagne was already famous in the middle-age. But it was not the same wine we use to drink these days. At that time, wine was red or white not sparkling, quite similar to wine from Burgundy.

People used barrels to ship their wines. They noticed that the next Spring season following the harvest, the wine tended to foam. It was not good for business.

The first Champagne was made in the 17th century. A monk called Dom Perignon was the first to understand the process of Champagne fermentation and to elaborate the process. He managed to mix red and white grapes from different villages and therefore perfected the way winemakers at that time used to produce sparkling wine.

Nowadays, Champagne is a festive wine.

But a few traditional wines from Champagne are still available.

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Read more about Champagne with :

- World Encyclopedia of Champagne by Tom Stevenson


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