How was the Champagne AOC established?

Champagne production is strictly regulated by both European and French legislation, along with AOC specifications drawn up by the INAO (now known as the National Institute of Origin and Quality).

 

Recreate the main stages in the creation of the Champagne AOC by arranging them on the timeline.

 

1843

Invention of the typewriter

A group of Champagne houses succeeded in obtaining a ban on the use of the Champagne name by sparkling wines from Touraine.

 

1898

Publication of “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells

For the first time, Champagne houses and growers came together in a united effort to combat phylloxera.

 

1927

First telephone link between America and Europe

Law of 22 July marking the boundaries of the Champagne terroir, based on historic criteria.

 

1936

1st Alpine skiing event in the Olympic Games

Following the launch of the INAO in 1935, Champagne was one of the first AOCs to be established.

 

1941

Advent of black and white television in the U.S.A.

Creation of the Comité Champagne to defend the interests of Champagne’s winegrowers and houses.

the creation of the Champagne AOC

 

Today, a large number of countries protect the Champagne appellation, the most recent being China (2009), Brazil (2013) and Canada (2014).

However, some countries still do not recognise the Champagne appellation, in particular U.S.A and Russia.

 

See examples of illegal products

 

The Comité Champagne works hard to prevent copycat products misusing the Champagne name (perfumes, toothpastes, cosmetic creams, sparkling drinks, etc.).

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