It all began with Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Born in Westphalia in 1749, Heidsieck started out as a cloth merchant in Reims, France, where he fell in love with a girl from Champagne...and with the wine from Champagne. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition to "make a cuvee worthy of a queen." In 1785 he founded the Cloth and Wine Trading Company Heidsieck & Co. Right away, he made a name for himself with distinctive champagne whose reputation quickly spread beyond the local region. He became a true master of his own art when, legend has it, he received the honor of personally presenting his wine to the Queen Marie Antoinette.
When Florens-Louis died in 1828, his nephew, Christian Heidsieck, and Henri-Guillaume Piper, a talented man with tremendous business acumen, joined forces. Around the world, Piper-Heidsieck became the coveted and highly sought-after champagne for all of high society, including princes, emperors, and royal courts.
Today, Piper-Heidsieck, one of France’s oldest Champagne houses, continues this tradition of excellence under the ownership of the Descours family. With a state-of-the-art winery in France, unparalleled champagne making led by eight-time “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” Award winner Régis Camus, and strong relationships to the world of cinema, Piper-Heidsieck truly embodies the vision of Grand & Bold.
The Piper-Heidsieck winery is located in the heart of Champagne, in Reims, France. The region of Champagne produces the most discerning and delicate sparkling wines in the world. However, making wine here, at the northern limits of vine growing, is an extremely daring undertaking. For the Maison's signature Brut NV, a full wine, Piper-Heidsieck gathers up to 100 crus carefully chosen from amongst the best of Champagne's wide range of grape varieties.
The Piper-Heidsieck Champagne House has been family owned since its founding in 1785.
Piper-Heidsieck was acquired in 2011 by entrepreneur Christopher Descours, owner and President of EPI, renowned for its portfolio of French luxury brands (J.M. Weston, Bonpoint, Figaret).