In addition to the AOC, the CIVC (The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne) is a semi-public body set up under the support of the French Government to co-ordinate the common interests of wine growers, suppliers and Champagne houses in the region. In addition to research and protecting the use of the name “Champagne”, they also regulate the production of Champagne - from grape to glass, the CIVC manages the rules and regulations that make Champagne the magical sparkling wine that it is.
The CIVC was founded in Epernay in 1941 during WWII as an organization to help the Champagne houses unite and present an organized business front to the occupying Germans. Robert-Jean de Vogüé, who was head of Moet & Chandon at the time, was one of the founding members of the CIVC.
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