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Champagne is derived from the Latin campania, meaning "plain." Its strategic location has made it a battleground whenever France has been invaded from the east. The Falaise de l'Ile-de-France is a limestone ridge and grapes grown on the lower slopes are made into champagne. Only sparkling wines from this region can be known as Champagne. There are miles of cellars carved out of the chalk under Reims and Epernay. The vineyards stretch along the Marne Valley (named after the Marne river which flows through it).

Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are Champagne. The name refers to a small district in northern France where winemakers transformed their rather thin and acidic wines into a worldwide phenomenon. The predominant grape varieties used are Pinot Noir, Meunier, and Chardonnay. Rosý Champagnes are often made by macerating white juice with red-grape skins or adding a touch of red wine to the blend. A pinkish blanc de noir is made from Pinot Noir or Menier (the term refering to white wine made from red grapes), while a blanc de blanc is made only of Chardonnay grapes.

  • Last visit to Champagne-Ardenne: Sep 1997
  • Intro Updated Jul 23, 2003
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  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2005 at 11:29 AM

    Nice overview of this region.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2004 at 5:28 PM

    We are staying in the Champagne region in September. Interesting page, especially about Dom Perignon. Happy Travels (~_~)

  • Mique's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 2:27 PM

    It is a very interesting region isn't it? Nad i'm glad i could have a look at your pages just to relive it a bit..

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