When it comes to the art of creating champagne, there is an extra requirement for elegance and flair and The House of Ruinart has this in spades. There are many reasons for this: an enviable location with stately vineyards undulating across the Montagne de Reims in the heart of Champagne; the awe-inspiring crayères - ancient chalk quarries which have been home to the all-important Maison Ruinart cellars for centuries (they’ve also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1931) - and not to mention an immense and quite remarkable heritage of wine making which dates back to 1729. Ruinart is in fact the oldest established champagne house in existence.
Ruinart owes its existence to Dom Thierry Ruinart, a Benedictine monk and brilliant theologian who travelled to Paris and learned of an extraordinary new ‘wine with bubbles’, the latest fashion amongst the French aristocracy. Dom Thierry passed down this knowledge to his nephew Nicholas Ruinart, who in 1729 drafted the founding charter of Maison Ruinart and so created the world’s first champagne company. The Ruinart legacy is one of innovation, inspiration and creation which has thrived into the 21st century. The maison is operated by the Ruinart family to this day, upholding the centuries of tradition which mean that this champagne is widely acknowledged as one of the absolute best.