Champagne, the outstanding symbol of festivity, may only be produced in the Champagne region of France. No other wine from wherever else it is made inside France of elsewhere, may not use the prestigious name of Champagne. Champagne is an unparalleled wine.
The historic heart of Champagne is Reims, about 93 milles north-east of Paris. The geographical centre of the Champagne region is at Epernay, slightly south of Reims. Champagne is subdivided into four large areas: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, the Côte des Blancs, and finally the Côte de Bar in the department of Aube, between Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube.
English wine-growing and making was regarded as a bit of a joke until not so long ago but no-one is laughing any more at the fanatical English and Welsh wine growers.
English and Welsh wine growers have achieved tremendous results during the past fifteen years and by the end of the second millennium wine-making in the United Kingdom had become serious business.