In 496AD, Clovis was baptised and named the first king of the Franks. This all took place in Reims, in the capital of the Champagne region, and the ‘Champagne’ wines were used to mark the occasion.
From around the 9th century, all kings of France were crowned in Reims. During these crowning ceremonies, Champagne wines were used in celebrations, and the wine has been associated with luxury, sophistication and special occasions ever since.
In fact, in 1790, France held a festival — called the Fête de la Fédération — to honour the French Revolution and it’s said that Champagne was the only wine served to celebrate. Champagne soon spread around the world, becoming the drink of choice for everyone from royalty to the rich and famous.
Champagne makers — the biggest of which are called Champagne Houses — have been making the sparkling wine to their exacting standards for generations. And nowadays, the world follows in the footsteps of French kings, using Champagne to celebrate big life moments and accomplishments, or simply to toast to a day well spent.