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Born in Germany and growing up in Cologne, Munich, and London, Martin A. Konorza is a true connoisseur of champagnes.

Martin’s passion for champagne runs in his veins as his first known ancestor was a Frenchman named De Watère, recorded in the Domesday Book in England, in 1086. This long history serves as an inspiration to live up to this long tradition with upright and decent action.

Champagne has always played an important role in the De Watère family, not merely as a celebratory drink but more so as a reason to draw them together as a family.

“Growing up, champagne was a staple for occasions such as birthdays, new year, etc, and sometimes “just because”. However, I was always left disappointed by the taste. No champagne I tasted lived up to its reputation of being the “King of Wines”. It seemed, they only lived by feeding off of the reputation that had been built over centuries instead of filling that promise with life. Champagne being so important to all aspects of life, I ventured out to develop my own that meets these promises.”

In 2011, Martin embarked on a journey to discover the true soul of champagne and to create a completely new way of enjoying it. This was the year when he founded the De Watère premium champagne brand.

The name “De Watère” and its symbol, the Gryphon Theodore, are a tribute to Konorza’s French ancestors, whose crest was a blue Gryphon.

“The proud Gryphon Theodore serves as the guardian of special moments and our strong values. He makes sure that we keep everything tidy around here too,” - jokes Martin.

What is the key to producing quality champagne?

“Oh my, there are many,” - laughs Martin. - “I think it boils down to curiosity, empathy, and self-confidence. It began with me being disappointed with modern champagnes. They didn’t meet the expectation of being exceptional as a wine, being above all the others.

We decided to find where it went wrong and found that removing all manipulation on the grape needed to be removed to then look at the result and support the grape if necessary. We found that we don’t need to manipulate but just respect the grape as being perfectly capable of creating an amazingly aromatic and powerful champagne.”

Respecting nature and the grape, De Watère employs horses in the vineyard and avoids pesticides and herbicides. Picking is naturally done by hand as is the rattling and disgorging of the bottles.

“ We found that we simply need to respect the grape and feel what it needs. During its development in the bottles, we periodically taste the champagnes to release them at their ideal point of development. This results in our champagnes having different development times from edition to edition.

For our Prestige Cuvées, we print the relevant production dates on every bottle for the customer to see. Of course, this journey hasn’t been without adversaries and we needed to stick together as a team, believing in our vision and our way, no matter what others tell us. Our customers and nearly three dozen gold and great gold medals from all sorts of competitions are a testament to this way of being right. We believe going above and beyond is what both champagne and the customer deserve.”


During the past decade, the brand has been participating in quite a few partnerships from private tastings over the Monaco Yacht Show to the Monaco Streaming Film festival which they have been supporting since their first edition. For the same period of time they have had a Brand Ambassador in Monaco who helps facilitate their activities.

The brand’s luxury champagnes are produced exclusively from the Cuvée presage in Premier Cru locations in the beautiful little village of Avenay Val d’Or, Champagne, France.
Everything at Champagne De Watère – from harvesting the grapes to making the cases – is done purely by the hand of expert craftsmen.
The sustainably managed Premier Cru vineyards offer the perfect conditions for growing first-class grapes: the climate in Champagne allows the grapes to reach their full maturity potential, which in turn brings out the freshness and finesse of the luxurious champagnes from De Watère.