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Some interesting facts about Champagne

Area in production: 33 350 hectares, of which:

  • The Champagne houses 3 400 hectares
  • The growers own 29 900 hectares and

Production: 320 million bottles, of which:

  • The Champagne houses produce 219 million bottles,
  • The growers 72 million bottles,
  • The cooperatives 28 million bottles.

Number of “producers”: 5133 (not strictly speaking; it’s just the sum of the below), of which:

  • Champagne houses: 340
  • Growers who own their land and bottle and sell their own champagne (so called recoltant-manipulant, RM): 2 016
  • Growers belonging to a cooperative: 2 735
  • Cooperatives: 42

This really shows the importance of a good relationship between the growers and the houses.

Grape varieties:

  • Chardonnay: 9 950 hectares (29,1 % of total surface)
  • Pinot meunier: 11 000 hectares (32, 2 % of total surface)
  • Pinot noir: 13 111 hectares (38, 4 % of total surface)
  • Arbanne, petit meslier, pinot blanc, pinot gris: <0.02%

Thank you Champagne Philippe Gamet for (most of) the figures!

Concrete fermentation tanks covered in shining white tiles

Concrete fermentation tanks in Champagne covered in shining white tiles, copyright BKWine Photography

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