History

Champagne’s most famous convert to Christianity was the Merovingian warrior-king Clovis I, who founded the Frankish kingdom in the late 5th century and began the tradition of holding royal coronations in Reims. In the Middle Ages, the region – especially Troyes – grew rich from commercial fairs at which merchants from around Europe bought and sold products from as far afield as the Mediterranean.

In more recent history, the region was host to the end of WWII in Europe, when Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Supreme Commander, General Eisenhower, in Reims on 7 May 1945.

More than a few corks were popped when the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars finally achieved Unesco World Heritage status in 2015, giving the region's precious vineyards protected status.