The viticultural zone of Champagne covers 76,000 acres of land where there are vineyards, with 319 towns that are home to 5,000 creators who make their own wine and 14,000 makers who sell grapes.
The area is known for its high elevation and low temperature, which makes a difficult space for grapes. In any case, woods in the area help settle temperature and hold soil moisture. The grape sharpness that results from this condition is perfect for sparkling wine, especially champagne.
Champagne is typically enjoyed as a celebratory drink, but it can also be paired with a range of foods, including shellfish, oysters, and fried foods. The acidity and bubbles in Champagne make it a good choice for cleansing the palate between courses, or for pairing with rich, creamy foods.