The largest champagne production and trading house in the world with over 30 million bottles of champagne produced per year. This quantity means that every second somewhere on earth a bottle of the company is uncorked. Every fourth bottle of champagne comes from the company, the market share in the USA is 50%. The company was founded in Épernay in 1743 by Claude Moët (1683-1760), who inherited some vineyards and started producing champagne. He was acquainted with Pierre Pérignon (1639-1715), with whose abbey, where this famous monk worked, the company would later enter into a special relationship. The family had been active in the wine trade in Champagne since the 14th century.