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Ayala Champagne, Edmond de Ayala, founder of the House in 1860, Bollinger is now the sister of Ayala Champagne with a new modern style for a Champagne lover
Edmond de Ayala, founder of the House in 1860, came from a family that had always aspired to go one step further. His ancestors bequeathed him with a sense of excellence and a taste for adventure that drove him to settle in Aÿ in order to learn about wine making. From the very beginning, the House quickly became a reference both in France and overseas. As a young champagne House, Champagne AYALA owed its rapid expansion in large part to Fernand de Ayala, Edmond’s younger brother, who in 1863 settled in London where he mixed with British aristocracy and introduced the House’s unique flavour profile to British connoisseurs, notably with the 1865 vintage that had a very low dosage for the time. During the same period, the House was one of the founding member of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques in 1882 and also contributed to the creation of London’s Benevolent Trust in 1886.
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 was also official supplier to the royal courts of England and Spain and hired over 100 workers. The grandeur of that period is also exemplified by the rich iconography that the House inspired: the numerous advertising posters and artistic drawings from the era are the best testimonies of that splendor.