Inside the Veuve Clicquot harvest

Wines & Spirits


Veuve Clicquot invites you to read its 2014 Harvest Diary. Vineyard Director Christian Renard is sharing his daily diary entries online, offering an inside look at this critical moment in the champagne production cycle.

Harvest time is an exciting adventure for the renowned Champagne house, bringing together Veuve Clicquot teams and seasonal workers. Each year, more than 1,300 people take part in the grape harvest, which offers a first indication of the coming vintage’s quality. Christian Renard’s harvest diary details weather conditions, progress with the harvest, how the grape-picking teams are organized, as well as the unique ambiance that surrounds this very special period.

The diary takes readers into the very heart of the grape-picking action. So far, 2014 looks to hold great promise. Spared any excessive rain until now, the grapes have good color and the sugar to acidity ratio is balanced. The harvest thus indicates that this will be a very good year. Christian Renard details the daily efforts of all the artisans involved in bringing the grapes in from the vineyards, noting the many different groups who come together at the estate to celebrate this moment and contribute to its success. The diary constitutes a sincere and moving look at life at the Veuve Clicquot estate.

Read the 2014 Harvest Diary here