1668 - The abbey of Hautvillers selected Brother Pierre Perignon as its treasurer
Located north of Épernay, the abbey of Hautvillers appointed Brother Pierre Perignon treasurer in 1668. As treasurer, he was responsible for managing the abbey’s vineyard holdings and gathering tithes from the locals in the form of grapes and wines. In order to create a wine that sold for far more money than wines from other regions of Champagne, Dom Perignon combined the wine from all of these sources. Perignon’s method of combining grapes from several vineyards was distinctive and practically unheard of up until that point. He also invented the technique of harsh pruning in the vineyard to maintain low yields.