Champagne only comes from Champagne, France !
Our map, with its distinctly coloured areas, highlights the four main sub-regions within the official Champagne appellation: Montagne de Reims (purple), Vallée de la Marne (green), Côte des Blancs and greater surroundings (yellow) + The Greater Côte des Blancs surroundings of Montgueux & Vitryat (yellow) and Côte des Bar (teal blue) – with smaller areas (“terroirs”) shown within each group. Each region has unique geographical features, micro-climates and soil types, known as terroir, and even when the same variety of grape is used, you will find the resulting champagnes differ greatly.
Discover and learn about Champagne by also reading Sally Hillman’s Le Journal; a collection of written articles, sharing knowledge of Champagne, its history, champagne wine styles and etiquette, as well as shining a light on the passionate and innovative vignerons who continue to uphold the traditions and values of a truly special place in the world.
Le Journal is our destination for lovers of all things Champagne and can be found here.
The diversity of champagne extends far beyond the traditional Grand Marques.
If you really want to experience the irrésistible magic of champagne, try boutique grower champagnes. These wines are as individualistic as their fiercely independent and passionate producers and each is an embodiment of its terroir. Grown on small parcels of land by vignerons committed to organic, and often even biodynamic growing practices, these artisanal champagnes emphasise quality over quantity.
Sally Hillman specialises in grower champagnes with the aim of introducing Australian connoisseurs to these diverse and complex wines which bring a whole new level of enjoyment to champagne drinking. These are the champagnes the French drink to celebrate, commiserate or just because la vie est belle and with the help of Sally Hillman, you can find a champagne that’s perfect for every occasion.
Looking to treat yourself or gift your family and friends with thoughtful champagne? All our champagnes include Sally Hillman’s signature cartography (A4 size) and comprehensive tasting notes. For special gifting, simply select a card, a gift box and your choice of additional accessories, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Start your journey in Le Shop.