The topography in Champagne
Landscapes shaped by Champagne growers themselves
A wine region shaped by its hillsides
In addition to its climate and soil, topography is also key to understanding the Champagne terroir.
The Champagne vineyard area is a carefully shaped undulating region. The Champagne region is an area of "vine-covered hillsides", where the vines are predominantly planted on slopes. Average gradient is 12% but some of the slopes are as steep as 59%. This can make vineyard maintenance quite an acrobatic task!
This topography is particularly well suited to producing Champagne. The hillsides provide each vine plant with optimal exposure to sunlight. They also optimise drainage as excess rainwater can run off.