What is a Grower Champagne?

What is a ‘Grower’ Champagne?

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There are over 14,000 “vignerons”, or growers, who own the vineyards and grow the grapes used in Champagne. Many of the vignerons have long-standing contracts with Champagne producers. While upwards of 80% of the growers operate on these contracts, some dating back to the late 1800’s, some of the vignerons produce their own Champagnes. These are usually from small parcels of land, and show distinct terroir. There is no saying whether a grower or a maison is “better,” they are simply different.

A grower is able to create a distinct, individual style, however will be at the whim of their small pieces of land, which could result in a vintage without a viable harvest. On the other hand, a large maison has the power of choice. In a challenging year, they can source from the areas with the best grapes. This privilege of choice also allows them to make a consistent and distinct style from year to year, regardless of weather conditions, which are often less than optimal in this challenging region.

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Alyse Mizia
Alyse Mizia
Champagne Specialist at Moët Hennessy
Alyse comes to her current position as Champagne Specialist representing the family of Moët Hennessy Champagnes, from as she likes to say, “the ground up”. With a BS in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University, and a post-graduate degree in Hospitality Management, she has gotten exposure to many aspects of the wine industry, and brings a strong background in technical knowledge to the position.

Prior to becoming a Champagne Specialist, Alyse worked as a Beverage Manager & Sommelier, guiding highly successful programs in Manhattan at The Standard and Crosby Street Hotel. Alyse has also been a manager at Fairmont Hotels, helping to position food & beverage programs at The Fairmont San Francisco and the famed Champagne Bar at The Plaza, NYC. Outside of work, Alyse enjoys equestrian sports, downhill skiing, and of course Champagne, her passion. She is pursuing the Master of Wine, and has thus far achieved WSET Diploma Level.
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Alyse comes to her current position as Champagne Specialist representing the family of Moët Hennessy Champagnes, from as she likes to say, “the ground up”. With a BS in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University, and a post-graduate degree in Hospitality Management, she has gotten exposure to many aspects of the wine industry, and brings a strong background in technical knowledge to the position. Prior to becoming a Champagne Specialist, Alyse worked as a Beverage Manager & Sommelier, guiding highly successful programs in Manhattan at The Standard and Crosby Street Hotel. Alyse has also been a manager at Fairmont Hotels, helping to position food & beverage programs at The Fairmont San Francisco and the famed Champagne Bar at The Plaza, NYC. Outside of work, Alyse enjoys equestrian sports, downhill skiing, and of course Champagne, her passion. She is pursuing the Master of Wine, and has thus far achieved WSET Diploma Level.


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