Aÿ & Unesco

A vineyard recognised for its outstanding universal value.

A thousand-year-old town, Aÿ-Champagne has been renowned for its vines since the Gallo-Roman era. At the very heart of Champagne, this exceptional 100% Grand Cru classified terroir flourishes in the Marne Valley, at the foot of the Reims Mountain.

As far back as the 16th century, the supreme quality of Aÿ's wines was renowned and personally recommended by King Henry IV of France, who referred to himself as Sire of Aÿ. A century after this royal patronage, the wines of Aÿ became sparkling thanks to the invention of the famous Champenoise method. This "Aÿ sparkling wine" inspired poets, who made this already distinguished wine their muse.

Aÿ became a real crucible for the champagne terroir, and the Fédération des Syndicats Viticoles de la Champagne (Federation of Champagne Winegrowing Unions) was founded there in 1904. In 1911, Aÿ would in fact become one of the main centres of the winegrowers' revolt and the defence of the quality of the champagne supply.

Ay's vineyard

As far back as the 16th century, the supreme quality of Aÿ's wines was renowned and personally recommended by King Henry IV of France, who referred to himself as Sire of Aÿ. A century after this royal patronage, the wines of Aÿ became sparkling thanks to the invention of the famous Champenoise method. This "Aÿ sparkling wine" inspired poets, who made this already distinguished wine their muse.

Aÿ became a real crucible for the champagne terroir, and the Fédération des Syndicats Viticoles de la Champagne (Federation of Champagne Winegrowing Unions) was founded there in 1904. In 1911, Aÿ would in fact become one of the main centres of the winegrowers' revolt and the defence of the quality of the champagne supply.

Ay's vineyard

Today, the Aÿ vineyard has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, as part of the asset named Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, recognised for its outstanding universal value.

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Today, the Aÿ vineyard has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, as part of the asset named Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, recognised for its outstanding universal value.

ay from the hillside

Aÿ was chosen by the COGEVI, which was established and developed there from the 20s onwards. The great attachment to the town of Aÿ felt by Raoul Collet — one of the COGEVI's leading lights — shows how deep its roots are here.


The COGEVI chose to build its production site amid the vines, above the century-old cellars, thus combining the most ancient traditions with the most innovative production techniques. Today, vineyards and cellars which are still active are an integral part of the asset added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, under the name “Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars”, recognised for its outstanding universal value.

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Aÿ was chosen by the COGEVI, which was established and developed there from the 20s onwards. The great attachment to the town of Aÿ felt by Raoul Collet — one of the COGEVI's leading lights — shows how deep its roots are here.


The COGEVI chose to build its production site amid the vines, above the century-old cellars, thus combining the most ancient traditions with the most innovative production techniques. Today, vineyards and cellars which are still active are an integral part of the asset added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, under the name “Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars”, recognised for its outstanding universal value.

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