Much of the Champagne region will start the 2017 harvest this week, with precise dates depending on individual villages and grape varietals, according to the U.S. Champagne Bureau.
The grape harvest is already under way further south in France, including Bordeaux, where growers have been bringing in white grapes in the Graves for the past several days. Champagne is the most northerly of the country's fine wine regions, lying some 90 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Paris and covering less than 80,000 acres (32,400 hectares). The harvest is manual under appellation rules.