Learn about our "Why"
Take a Look Behind the Scenes
Our Premier Cru Champagnes are made in the Vallée de la Marne in the beautiful little village of Avenay Val d’Or. The sustainably managed Premier Cru vineyards offer the perfect conditions for growing first-class grapes: the climate in Champagne allows the grapes to reach their full maturity potential, which in turn brings out the freshness and finesse of the luxurious champagnes from De Watère.
The champagnes that proudly bear the gryphon come from the Vallée de la Marne, France.
At the heart of De Watère stands that we turned the accepted production approach on its head. Instead of forcing the grape in a pre-defined flavour profile, we ask the grape what it needs to realise its full potential.Following this respectful approach, we employ manual labour as much as possible during the entire production process. From horses in the vineyard instead of heavy emission-emitting tractors, over manual rattling and disgorgement to even having our gift boxes crafted by hand. Yes, also in our partners we look for the same passion for respectful crafting instead of anonymous mass production.
The same traditional methods are used in the production of De Watère Champagnes today as they were before the brutal Industrial Revolution. Wherever possible, the work is done manually. The grapes are picked by hand and the vineyards are plowed with the help of horses instead of heavy tractors. This is gentler on the sensitive soil and avoids the emission of toxins. This approach not only benefits the soil, but above all the quality and purity of the grapes.
Gently Picked by Hand
The same traditional methods are used in the production of De Watère Champagnes today as they were before the Industrial Revolution over 200 years ago. The grapes are picked by hand and the vineyards are plowed with the help of horses.
This is gentler on sensitive soil and avoids the emission of toxins. This approach not only benefits the soil, but above all the quality and purity of the grapes.
We employ horses instead of heavy tractors and do basically everything by hand.
Having been awarded dozens of times with highest marks has definitely confirmed for us what we had always hoped: manual, sustainable, non-invasive methods are just better for nature and for the Champagnes - and, therefore, for you our customers and enthusiasts 💙
Constantly in pursuit of the true soul of Champagne, we hand make limited production Premier Cru Champagnes from the Cuvée of pure grapes that are as close as possible to what Champagnes embodied when they became world famous: before the anonymous industrial mass production.
One key aspect is our respect for our Champagnes. We give them all the time they need to develop in 2,000 year-old caves under the hills of the Vallée de la Marne - until they're ready to show the world what the mythical idea of Champagne tastes like.
Pure and Elegant Taste
The resulting Champagnes entice into a story of happy moments, tickling the taste buds into unknown territory - tasting as pure, aromatic and elegant as we wished all Champagnes did.
We devote all our attention to every detail of the crafting process. Our highest guiding principle is to support the grape in everything it needs to grow and later fully demonstrate its potential in every sip of De Watère.
Our entire approach and the resulting processes turned traditional truths on its head. We are proud to say that this is not only evidently the right path by many happy customers around the world but also by numerous medals from the most prestigious tasting competitions.
We see the label "highest quality" as simply self-evident, therefore our starting point into a new realm, guided by the quest for what Champagne as a mythical idea should convey in your glass.