The ties that bind the Vollereaux family to the earth and the grapevines is centuries old. The story of the men and women who created Vollereaux champagne starts at the dawn of the 19th century — in 1805. In Pierre et Moussy in the heart of the Champagne region, the family’s first generation planted and tended its grapevines and began writing the story of our champagne.
The first turning point in the family saga came at the end of the Great War. It was a time when many winemakers busied themselves to erase the traces of the war. The incessant work undertaken by the new generation, led by Victor Vollereaux, a direct descendant of this family of grape growers settled in the Marne Valley for over a century, would restore the vineyard to its full potential. In that climate of rebirth and renewed hope, Victor decided to promote his champagne himself. The first wine was drawn off in 1923. The first bottles were tasted amongst friends and family. The tradition was repeated year after year.
Through effort and sacrifice, the champagne crafted by Victor Vollereaux built a loyal customer base with growing admiration for his vintages. Production volumes grew steadily, enabling the Vollereaux family to compile an inventory worthy of a great champagne house. The company S.A. Vollereaux was founded. Subsequent generations continued to grow the business by expanding its clientele and building out its production capacity. First came Victor’s son, Paul-Jules, who was followed by Paul, Jean-Marc and Pierre. Across all these generations, the Vollereaux know-how and love for the vine were handed down as a legacy.
The house is currently led by Franck Vollereaux, Pierre’s son. Franck grew up and flourished in the family business. As a boy, the cellars, vat house and surrounding vineyards were his playground. In this family setting, the love of champagne was passed along naturally. For his fourth birthday, his grandmother Marguerite made him a cellarmaster’s apron. As an adult, it did not take him long to choose a profession. The family spirit that characterizes Vollereaux champagne is alive and well today. The children continue to cooperate on the organization and operation of the family business. Franck works in close collaboration with his sister Hélène who develops and manages wine tourism programs. Jean-Marie, his uncle, is in chage of grape growing. Together, they honor and perpetuate the success of their forebears.