Since its foundation in 1772, the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin House has remained true to its motto: “only one quality, the finest”. Its history carries the mark of an exceptional woman: Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, Madame Veuve Clicquot. This young widow of 27 years old was left devastated by the untimely death of her husband, but courageously took up the helm of the family business. She was uncompromising on quality, and set off to conquer the world, transmitting her taste for excellence and innovation to her successors.
Since 1772, the history of the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin House has been punctuated with key moments that have forged the brand’s image and its international reputation. From when Madame Clicquot took up the reins of the company in 1805 to the re-opening of the Hôtel du Marc in 2011, including the creation of the first vintage champagne, the invention of the riddling table, or the creation of the yellow label, episodes in its history have shaped the codes, audacity, and innovation to which Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has always remained faithful.
Founded in 1772, the Maison Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin can claim a varied and exceptional heritage. This heritage includes one of the largest vineyards in Champagne, and also one of the best quality, built up over time from its very beginnings and creation , then by the various House directors. Its medieval cellars house the slow maturation of the wines, while the House’s other assets include prestigious reception venues such as the Hôtel du Marc and the Pavillon de Muire, now a historical monument, as well as the Manoir in Verzy, a nearby winemaking village. Finally, the history and the memories of over two centuries of commercial, oenological and viticultural activity are preserved inside the Pavillon du Patrimoine at the House headquarters in Reims.
Underpinning the House motto “Only one quality, the finest”, respect for the Earth is part of our heritage and remains central to our craft. At Veuve Clicquot, the vineyard, the mother of the wine, is the subject of all our attention. As the seasons go by, it receives the care it needs to reach its full potential, thus revealing the very best of itself: exceptional quality grapes.
Created in 1972 to celebrate the House’s bicentennial, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is handed out every year to outstanding women to honour their entrepreneurial spirit. It pays tribute to the first among them, Madame Clicquot, who established herself as a leading female figure in the business world. These women, all worthy heirs to the “Grande Dame”, possess qualities rendering them pioneers able to face every challenge: leadership, courage, creativity and talent.
Since its inception, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award has been presented to over 340 women in 29 countries.