A Brief History of Champagne: Where Did Champagne Come From And How?

By Grace Taylor
In a celebratory setting, a man's hands pour champagne into a glass slipper, while bubbles float in the background, ca.1970s. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)

Whether it be a wedding, graduation, or New Years Eve, the go to celebration drink for those who like to imbibe is of course, the one and only, Champagne. Ubiquitous in its popularity for parties, Champagne holds a special place in the heart of many who view it as the end all be all of festivity. But what if I told you that your favorite fizzy was made by mistake, and in fact this most special of wines was originally viewed as a major setback to those who created it?

More importantly, why did this beloved beverage first bubble up in Champagne, France out of all places? Well, that’s because Champagne is farther North than the other famous wine producing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, and thus faces cooler temperatures and earlier frosts. Because of this, the grapes grow more acidic and the fermentation process is more prolonged as compared to more traditional wines. However, this resulting carbonation led to the bottles bursting and the cork shooting off in dramatic if not dangerous fashion.  

Did You Know: Every year over two dozen people are killed by Champagne corks? That officially makes popping open a bottle of bubbly more dangerous than skydiving! Remember to never point the cork toward yourself or others when opening the bottle, or else you risk Cava catastrophe.