UMC - Grandes Marques et Maisons de Champagne

Since 1882 the UMC has brought together all of the Grandes Marques brands and Champagne Houses that collectively underpin the worldwide reputation of Champagne wines. This website is specifically designed to teach you everything you need to know about their history and organization, their expertise and their ever-innovative ambitions.

Champagne only comes from Champagne, France


The beginning and end of harvest varies from year to year. It’s action stations on all fronts. Wine growers and Champagne Houses enlist the help of some 120,000 seasonal workers to help them bring in the vintage – a year-long effort to produce the most precious grapes in the world.

The Champagne month by month

Did you know?

The marketable yield for Champagne, meaning the quantity of grapes destined for sparkling wine production, is set by the joint body of Growers and Champagne Houses in line with sales forecasts, but capped at 15,500 kg/ha for AOC production.

Charles Lafitte

Champagne Charles Lafitte was founded by Paul-François Vranken in 1983, which makes it one of the youngest Champagne Houses.

The Champagne Houses
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