Champagne village profile: Olizy on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Olizy 201506Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 51.4 hectares (127.0 acres), of which 91.3% Pinot Meunier, 5.5% Pinot Noir, and 3.1% Chardonnay.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (84%)
Also called: Olizy-Violaine


The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Marne (where Olizy is located) and Aisne.

Neighbouring villages

North and northeast: Romigny
Southeast: Jonquery
Southsoutheast: Cuisles
Comment: some of the villages visible on the map are located outside the Champagne appellation, and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Olizy, Église Saint-Rémi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Nicole-christiane Paladini, 2012).

The village

Olizy is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river, but not directly at the Marne.

The Violaine village is also part of the commune, and is located close to the vineyards. In connection with Champagne it is common to see this village called Olizy-Violaine or Olizy-et-Violaine, but the official name of the commune is Olizy.

The Olizy commune covers 457 hectares and has 158 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as oliziens and oliziennes.


The vineyards in Olizy are located in the eastern part of the commune, mostly in a block continuous with the vineyards in Romigny and Jonquery. The consist of mild southwest- to south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Olizy commune is 51.4 hectares (127.0 acres). There are 46.9 ha Pinot Meunier (91.3%), 2.8 ha Pinot Noir (5.5%), and 1.6 ha Chardonnay (3.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Luc Bétouzet (RM)
  • Chopin-Mimin
  • Erard-Salmon (RM), also J. Erard-Salmon
  • Heraut-Jubine
  • Gilbert Mimin (RM)
  • Mimin-Gougelet (RC)
  • Dominique Rigaut (RC)
  • Jean Rigaut (RC)
  • André Salmon (RC)
  • Jean-François Wurtz (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.


© Tomas Eriksson 2015

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