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.
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.
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.
First telephone link between America and Europe
Law of 22 July marking the boundaries of the Champagne terroir, based on historic criteria.
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.
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.
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.).