The story of Bollinger began with the Athanase de Villermont who foresaw the potential of the wines of Champagne, Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German and Paul Renaudin, a local man. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. In 1837, Joseph Bollinger married the daughter of Athanase. In 2008, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. With the Bollinger family's support, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor's program of modernization and investment to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies.