22nd October 2014
Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established Champagne Houses; it has been based in Aÿ, at the heart of the great Champagne vineyards, since it was founded over 150 years ago.
The 1920s were a remarkable golden age during which Champagne AYALA produced over a million bottles each year, ranking the House amongst the top brands in Champagne at the moment.
Champagne AYALA has always been a small, independent and family-run business. After the Second World War the House went through a rather quiet period as its leaders occupied important positions in Champagne trade associations.
In 2005 the Bollinger family bought this fine estate, with the intention of restoring it to its former glory. The House employs today about 15 people, keeping the family spirit of its origins.
Every stage of winemaking is carried out on location, from vinification to shipping, not to mention ageing, riddling, disgorgement, labeling and conditioning. The 2 kilometres of caves are home to almost 2,5 million bottles, slowly maturing in the centuries-old cellars dug out of Aÿ’s chalky hillsides.
Pioneers in introducing a drier style than was customary during the second half of the 19th century, Champagne AYALA remains known today throughout the world for its fresh and elegant wines.
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