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 vine is in flower, and requires good weather to promote development of the inflorescences.

Lifting entails raising the shoots from the ground to give the vine its architecture and make the winegrower’s job easier. Next comes trellising, separating the shoots to allow maximum light penetration and increase airflow.

The Champagne month by month
Grape varieties

Did you know?

The French terms “Blanc de Blancs” (white from whites) and "Blanc de Noirs" (white from blacks) indicate the cultivars that make up the blend. A Blanc de Blancs is exclusively blended from the principal white grape, the Chardonnay. A Blanc de Noirs is exclusively blended from the two principal black grapes, the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Pierre Mignon

Pierre Mignon’s family have been growing grapes for five generations. He and his wife Evelyne now make their own Champagne, henceforth joined by their two children, Céline and Jean-Charles.

The Champagne Houses
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