An insight from a young female wine maker - Caroline Fiot of Ruinart.

I'm sure most of our members have met Caroline at our dinners and events, but for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure, Caroline Fiot is a trailblazing young female wine maker for Maison Ruinart, and an inspiring icon within the Champagne industry. I wanted to dive deeper into her passions, introduction to the trade and her connection with the Champagne Academy - I do hope you enjoy getting to know her a little more!

Q - How did you first get into wine making?

Caroline - I was driven by my passion for chemistry and biology. I hesitated between wine and fragrance, and ultimately chose to study Agricultural Science and Agronomy at Montpellier SupAgro, with a specialization in viticulture and wine making. I found myself very motivated by the idea of nature, of terroir but also the values the wine industry reflects, especially those of sharing, tradition and at the same time innovation.

I first put my studies to practice in the appellation of Saint Emilion Grand Cru within a small family winery, who encouraged me to become a winemaker. I held several positions at Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in Bordeaux, Vietnam and the US. To round out my education, I enrolled at ESSEC Business School in Paris where I graduated with an Advanced Master’s degree in Marketing and Luxury. I joined Maison Ruinart in 2016 as a winemaker under Cellarmaster Frédéric Panaïotis, my first job. At Ruinart, I oversee the fermentation during harvest, and I am part of the Tasting Committee. Moreover, I lead a series of Research and Development projects.

Q - What is your 'go to' style of Champagne?

Caroline - Being a winemaker for over four years now at Ruinart obviously influences my palate. I am very into Champagnes displaying more likely a “reductive” style, and especially the Chardonnay driven style. I love the aromatic purity of the Grands Crus of Chardonnay.

Q - Being a wine maker at Ruinart as a young woman is incredibly inspiring. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?