Champagne, origin of the name | Tom Stevenson (1988) says the term Champagne derives ‘from the Latin campagna, signifying open, unforested land: an ambiguous origin for those who have seen only the hilly vineyards of Champagne surmounted by forest. But the classic viticultural region occupies only a small proportion of the old historical province which was, by and large, open and flat.


Tom Stevenson, Champagne (Sotheby’s, 1986; second updated impression 1988), p.53.