• CIVC: Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne

    The CIVC, Champagne's governing body, has vastly improved its website over the past few years, making a lot more information readily available to us. I like pages such as this one of Key Market Statistics, which is full of interesting facts.

    It tells us, for example, that there are now officially 349 Champagne houses, and 4,651 winegrowers selling champagne. Of Champagne's 33,580 hectares of vines, 71 percent (23,998 hectares) are in the Marne département.

    Pinot noir continues to be the most widely planted grape variety in the region, accounting for 38 percent of all vineyards. Chardonnay plantings have been increasing, at the expense of meunier, and char
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