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 Houses perfect their blends by combining wines from different years, different grapes and different vintages. The skill here is to create a whole that is greater the sum of its individual parts. 1 + 1 = 3, in a manner of speaking.
The sap oozing or “bleeding” from the vines is a sign of winter’s end.

The Champagne month by month
Champagne terms

Did you know?

Non-vintage Champagne wines are blended from different crus (growths), different cépages (grape varieties) and different millésimes (years). In exceptional years, the winemaker may decide to blend only the grapes from that year. This is what is known as a "Champagne Millésimé", or Vintage Champagne.

When it comes to Champagne, the word "cuvée" may refer either to the first-pressed juice (20.5 hectoliters per 4,000kg marc) or to the finished blend.


Out story begins with Athanase de Villermont, a great soldier who proved himself in the American War of Independence. On his return to France, he inherited a vast family estate and met German-born Joseph Bollinger with whom he founded Bollinger & Cie in 1829. In 1837 Joseph married Athanase’s daughter, Louise-Charlotte – and so was born the Bollinger dynasty.

The Champagne Houses
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