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 Feast of St Vincent, patron saint of Winegrowers, marks the end of winter dormancy. Local brotherhoods across all of the villages in Champagne come together for the great meeting of the Archiconfrerie, which is also the moment to announce the export figures for the previous year.

The Champagne month by month
Grape varieties

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Seven grape cultivars, or grape varieties, are used to make Champagne wines. Of these the three main varieties are the Pinot Noir (38% of plantings), Pinot Meunier (32%) and the Chardonay (30%). The four other approved cultivars are the Arbane, Petit Meslier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc – together less than 0.3% of plantings.

Henri Giraud

The origins of this House date back to 1625 when François Hémart, a contemporary of Henry IV and his successor, settled in the village of Aÿ and began to produce a wine that would enter the annals of Champagne in the following century. In the early 20th century, Léon Giraud, a French cavalryman who fought at the Battle of the Marne, married into the Hémart family and rebuilt the vineyard following the devastation wreaked by Phylloxera and World War I. Claude Giraud is now the twelfth-generation family member to preside over the House’s fortunes.

The Champagne Houses
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