{Something different than Fussi} Women of Inspiration - Nominate now great women for the Prix Veuve Clicquot - Promotion

D he nomination for the Prix Veuve Clicquot has started! The award has been given to inspirational business women for 30 years. Thus, the price is entirely in the tradition of the founder of the Chamapgnerhauses, Madame Clicquot. At the beginning of the 19th century, the successful businesswoman virtually made the Clicquot brand world-famous. This year, for the first time, this traditional award is also aimed at women from other creative fields. Nominate now your favorite women from film, art, charity, business, gastronomy or other industries who will inspire you with their energy and great ideas.

Barbe Clicquot - an admirable pioneer and businesswoman more than 200 years ago

Single-parenting everyday life, taking away the pressure of kinship and society, making far-reaching decisions, building a business empire and, incidentally, introducing fundamental innovations in one industry - the The whole thing reads like a success story about a busy business lady in the last issue of the manager magazine.

That a woman was able to implement such a success story at the beginning of the 19th century is particularly fascinating: Having just turned 27, Barbe Clicquot, née Ponsardin, suddenly found herself a single dowager. It was the year 1805. Her husband Francois had previously run the champagne house Clicquot, she had led the befitting life of a wife and mother. For the relatives of the young woman and the business partners of the house there was no doubt that the house Clicquot was now for sale after the death of Monsieur and Madame continued to take care of the children.

Madame Clicquot

But Barbe had very different plans. She developed a serious business interest and decided without further ado to take over the champagne trade. In 1810, she founded in Reims the still trading under the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne house. With much determination, risk-taking and intelligence, she made Veuve (widow) Clicquot one of the most famous brands in the world in the following years. At the end of the Napoleonic wars, she was the only one who ignored the trade embargo and invested her entire fortune in a ship that was to sail to Russia with an unauthorized cargo of very special champagne. An extremely risky move that could have cost them their lives. But the ruse succeeded: The ship reached Russia and the cargo enchanted the wealthy after the long years of deprivation so much that the term "Klikofskoé" was henceforth used as a synonym for champagne.

Veuve Clicquot Bottles and CellarVeuve Clicquot Bottles and Cellar

Madame Clicquot also acquired land, either by accident or through a particularly good nose, which later proved to be the perfect location for viticulture and is now certified as a Grand Crus vineyard. In addition, Barbe also liked to experiment with grapes and developed, among other things, the only mentioned Rosé champagne. As she was basically only interested in the best quality to be achieved, Barbe Clicquot 1816 also quickly invented the Rüttelpult to clarify the Chamapgners - an invention that is still firmly on champagne production: By the regular manual shaking on the bottles, the yeast sinks slowly in the bottleneck.Her name and portrait still adorn the Veuve Clicpuot champagne bottles.

The Prix Veuve Clicquot - an award for inspiring women for 30 years

As early as 1972, the company Veuve Clicquot decided to honor female entrepreneurs with a prize founded in honor of entrepreneur Madame Clicquot. For 30 years now, business women have been recognized in 27 countries for their entrepreneurial drive, their daring, their willingness to take risks and their outstanding achievements. Other aspects of winning the Prix Veuve Clicquot include sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

In 2014, the Prix Veuve Clicquot opens for the first time to exceptional women from all walks of life leaving the beaten track, New and unusual have dared and inspire us.

Prix Veuve Clicquot Award Ceremony

The nomination for Germany runs from June 10 to July 10, 2014 - and anyone can suggest inspiring women

Anyone can come to prix-veuve-clicquot.de nominate his favorite inspirational women for the Prix Veuve Clicquot in Germany. From 23.06. until 10.07. Every week in 2014, five of the nominated women who have shown so much courage, creativity, passion, success and sustainable action will be featured there.

These are the nominees for this week - and I think it's great that in This week also women from film and science are there. All that is missing now is one or the other cook and restaurateur, right?

PVC nominated

Until 10th July, 2pm, you will have the opportunity to nominate your personal favorite women . A top-class jury will then select the winners from the nominees.

Out there are such great women bravely, determinedly and passionately fighting for an idea and breaking new ground - I'm really looking forward to the next nominations and your tips!

More information about the Prix Veuve Clicquot, the story behind it, the portraits of the nominees and the jury on Prix Veuve Clicquot.

Info: This entry is supported by Veuve Clicquot. All photos except the cover image by Veuve Clicquot.