After the French revolution, Theodose Belgodere de Bagnaja (1806-1888), from the elder branch, emigrated to Algeria, then to France, in order to help establish new vineyards (belonging to his in-laws), and then transferred this privilege to Charles-Theodose (1888-1950), his grandson, who established a 54-hectare vineyard in the region of Benchicao (Medea). This was accomplished with a lot of hard work, sweat and tears, a musket in one hand and the reins of a horse in the other. Galloping through the vineyard, he could be heard shouting “Long live the King!” (he was a Bonapartist), while his daughter, Helene, watched on…
At the time, a portion of the production was dedicated to the development of great wines such as Bordeaux (ventes sur pieds) and effervescent, white wines (product of the Champenoise method). The family left viniculture for a generation, but it was then picked up by the youngest grandson of Charles-Theodose, Philippe, a vine-cultivator,. It was only natural that Philippe de Bagnaja, along with his wife, Countess Tatiana, (who originally came from Russia and had a passion for
enology), created their first champagne, “Comtesse Tatiana – Brut – Prestige” through their company called “Champenoise de Bagnaja”. They also developed two other types of champagne of unrivalled style and quality.