brand story
Dom Thierry Ruinart paved the way for the world’s first established house of Champagne, founded by his nephew Nicolas Ruinart in 1729. It was after leaving his home in Champagne to study at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres at age 23 that he first learned of a new “wine with bubbles”—not yet known as champagne and already popular among young aristocrats. For over 300 years, the House he inspired has passed down time-honored savoir-faire through generations, supporting local craftsmanship and showcasing artistic talent while remaining firmly committed to innovation, creativity, and sustainability.
Ruinart Vineyards, Champagne
Winemaking and terroir

Driven by a constant quest for excellence, Ruinart selected Chardonnay, a rare and aromatic grape variety, as the common golden thread for all its cuvées. Since its founding, the House has crafted exceptional wines by nurturing the roots of its terroir. As Ruinart prepares for its fourth century, the House is deepening its commitment to sustainability and preserving the soils that are a source of life for all its Champagnes.

Chef de Cave

As a child, Frédéric Panaïotis spent much of his time in the small Champagne vineyards of his grandparents, sampling the fruits of their labor. As Chef de Cave of Ruinart, he has the responsibility of creating the House’s blends, from the non-vintage Blanc de Blancs and Rosé to the prestige cuvées of Ruinart, Dom Ruinart, and Dom Ruinart Rosé.

“Champagne has that magic in that you can create things which will sometimes be enjoyed by future generations.”

Frédéric Panaïotis, Chef de Cave