Champagne & Love Stories
Throughout the years, the Champagne region has been shaped by marriages. In addition to bringing lovers together, these marriages joined families and built holdings of land, vineyards and wealth. Sadly, some of these marriages met a tragic end with champagne house owners being amonst the many men killed in WW1 and WW2.
Many women then had to step into their late husband's shoes and take over the business. These widows became globally famous as pioneers of their industry.
Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin (Veuve Clicquot) created the first vintage champagne, the first rosé champagne, and also invented the riddling table process – she was quite the visionary. Louise Pommery invented the first brut champagne, at a time when most Champagnes were excessively sweetened with sugar. Lily Bollinger expanded the production of the house by buying more vineyards, but is better known for travelling the world to promote the Bollinger brand, leaving noteworthy articles and quotes behind her.
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty."