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News 2024

13/02/2024 - Five reasons why champagne remains optimistic in 2024: the commitments of a proactive industry

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, February 13th 2024 - This morning, at a press conference held at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, David Chatillon and Maxime Toubart, co-Presidents of the Comite Champagne, expressed their optimism for the future. Collectively, Champagne winegrowers and houses have taken strategic decisions and have launched numerous projects to ensure balance within an appellation that continues to sparkle across the globe.Learn more

13/01/2024 - 300 million bottles shipped in 2023, Champagne has returned to a steady pace

Total Champagne shipments in 2023 account for 299 million bottles, down 8.2% from the previous year. After three extraordinary years, Champagne is back to pre-Covid shipment levels. Learn more

News 2023

10.16.2023 - Champagne winegrowers and houses propose tangible solutions for improving conditions for harvest workers

Following its Executive Board meeting on October 16, the Comité Champagne* announced its first concrete proposals to tackle the challenges facing grape harvesting in Champagne. The proposals aim to ensure that the tragic events of this year never recur by taking all necessary preventive measures. Learn more

09.04.2023 - Champagne’s 2023 harvest has started

The 2023 harvest in Champagne commenced on Saturday, 2 September, and despite difficult weather during ripening, the region expects a high-quality harvest. The fully manual harvest will cover 34,000 hectares of Champagne vineyards, needing 100,000-120,000 workers over the coming weeks. Whilst some sectors have just started harvesting, the majority of the vineyards will start in the next few days. Learn more

07.19.2023 - Champagne prepares for the upcoming harvest

As per each year, Champagne winegrowers and houses within the Comité Champagne, met in Epernay to agree on the conditions for this year’s upcoming harvest. Learn more

04.18.2023 - Protected designation of origin: destruction of beer cans abusively bearing the designation Champagne

On April 17, 2023, the Comité Champagne and the General Administration of Belgian Customs destroyed a shipment of 2,352 cans of American beer with the inscription “The Champagne of Beers”. Learn more

02.14.2023 - The Champagne sector presents a major investment plan for the next decade, and sets the course for the future of Champagne

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, February 14, 2023 - For more than 120 years, the winegrowers and houses of Champagne have worked together to maintain balance within the Champagne sector and the influence of the appellation around the world. Like their predecessors, the people of Champagne today are laying the ground for the prosperity of tomorrow. Today, the Comité Champagne unveils the sector’s plan the for next decade and defines a global trajectory to meet the challenges of the next ten years - a plan to ensure that Champagne is always available, always desirable and always exemplary. In the course of five years, the Comité Champagne will increase its annual budget by an additionnal €10 million, which will be invested in particular in R&D, the sustainability and strengthening its foundational missions. Learn more

01.18.2023 - Champagne : 326 million bottles shipped in 2022, cautious optimism for 2023

With 326 million bottles, Champagne shipments rose in 2022 by 1.6% per compared with the previous year – proof of the dynamism of the global Champagne market, both in terms of volume and value. The value of shipments for the first time passed the 6 billion euro threshold. Learn more

News 2022

09.21.2022 - The Champagne harvest, a splendid and promising vintage

The last grapes are picked, the pressing centres have delivered up their final musts, fermentation is under way, and the Champagne harvest that started on 20 August for the earliest-ripening crus is now complete. Learn more

07.20.2022 - Champagne region is committed to the future

For over 100 years, Champagne growers and gouses have been working together to manage and protect the interests of the appellation collectively. Champagne growers and houses met in Epernay within the Comité Champagne and agreed on the circumstances of the next harvest and on the new strategic directions for the sector. Learn more

01.19.2022 - Sales recover in 2021, and cautious optimism for 2022

Total shipments of Champagne in 2021 rose to 322 million bottles, an increase of 32% over 2020. The market in France was up by 25% at nearly 142 million bottles, a return to 2019 levels. Exports continued to rise, to a new record of 180 million bottles. Learn more

News 2021

09.08.2021 - A start date for the Champagne harvest

The 2021 Champagne harvest strated on 6 September. Wheather conditions are good for the ripening of the grapes, but conditions across the vineyard are unusually varied. Because Champagne always picks its grapes by hand, this means that the organisation of picking this year will have to be adjusted. Learn more

07.05.2021 - Champagne strongly opposes new Russian legislation

The Champagne region is outraged by the new Russian legislation on wine labelling. While Champagne wines retain the exclusive right to use the name "Champagne" in Latin characters on the main label, the law forces them to renounce the term "Shampanskoe" - a translation of the name Champagne in Russian - and present themselves as "sparkling wines" in Cyrillic characters on the back label. Only Russian sparkling wines will now be allowed to use the name "Shampanskoe". Learn more

01.26.2021 - Despite an 18% drop in volumes, the Champagne sector is fighting back

Shipments of Champagne in 2020 totalled 245 million bottles, down 18% compared to 2019. The health crisis is a blow, but Champagne has taken steps to meet the challenge. Learn more

News 2020

11.12.2020 - Paraguay recognizes and protects the Champagne appellation of origin

In a decision dated October 29, 2020, the National Directorate of Intellectual Property of Paraguay officially registered the Champagne appellation. Hereafter, the Champagne appellation will be recognized and protected throughout the Paraguayan territory against any misuse or derived term of its name. Learn more

09.09.2020 - An outstanding 2020 harvest

The front runners were picking from 17 August, which made this the earliest harvest in the history of Champagne – and the quality is outstanding! This year continued the exceptional pattern set by 2018 and 2019. A top-quality harvest is the first requirement for the production of a Grand Vin, and weather conditions were just right to deliver that. Learn more

11.02.2020 - 2019 Champagne shipments - The value creation continues despite an uncertain context

Champagne shipments in 2019 reached nearly 297,5 million bottles, that is -1.6% compared to 2018. Learn more

News 2019

09.25.2019 - 2019 is another superb Champagne harvest

Champagne has experienced the effects of global warming, with an increase in average temperature of 1.1°C across the past 30 years. This has so far proved an advantage for our wines, and the winegrowing year 2019 is no exception. Periods of frost in spring did destroy a proportion of buds, but the main factor was heatwave, especially in June and July, which caused scalding that burned up more than 10% of the potential harvest.
This was a year when Champagne experienced its highest temperatures on record, with 42.9°C recorded on 25 July. Learn more

03.17.2019 - 2018 Champagne Exports, many growth drivers beyond established markets

Last year’s total turnover for Champagne set a new record of close to €4.9 billion (+0.3% compared with 2017). Volumes are lower (-1.8% to 301.9 million bottles). France and the UK, which account for 60% of total sales, are responsible for most of this decline: their respective volumes are down 4%, although their turnover has
held its own (-2%) thanks to better valorisation of the cuvées. Overall, exports are on an upward trajectory (+0.6% in volume and +1.8% in revenue). Learn more

12.02.2019 - Champagne shipments in 2017

The final figures for Champagne shipments in 2017 are now avalable Total sales amounted to 307.3 million bottles, that is +0.4% compared to 2016. Learn more