Christmas, New Year's Eve, an anniversary, a wedding…. Champagne is often associated with special celebrations. A little reminder… French champagne is mainly produced in the vineyards of Champagne in the east of France: the Reims Mountain, the Marne Valley, the Côte des Blancs and the Côtes des Bar. If you are staying in this region, we strongly recommend visiting its champagne cellars which hold millions of bottles of champagne!
Discover our selection of the best champagne houses, which you can visit by yourself, or take advantage of our wine tours and day trips leaving from Paris or in the surrounding region
These cellars are among the most prestigious in the entire Champagne region and were founded in 1743 by Louis XV. In this tour, you will witness the production of the world-renowned champagnes Moët & Chandon, and discover the expertise of the winemakers and the legacy handed down through many generations of cellar masters. You can choose among several different tours ranging from 25 € to 40 € per person: grand vintage, imperial and traditional.
To get there: 18 avenue de Champagne, 51200, Épernay, France
At Taittinger, you will discover the history of the cellars of this family-owned champagne house. Throughout the year, guides will open the doors of the Taittinger champagne cellars. They will take you on a veritable voyage back in time, guiding you through the ruins of the famous Saint Nicaise Abbey, then down 18 meters underground into the magnificent Gallo-Roman chalk mines which are part of the "Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars" listed as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. At the end of your tour you can even taste one or several vintages of this famous champagne. The tour lasts about 1 hour and the entrance to the cellars is located at 9 Place Saint Nicaise in Reims.
The Chardonnay grape is the very soul of the Maison Ruinart. The grape variety, grown mainly in the region of Côte des Blancs and Reims Mountain, is at the heart of all the vintages. The Ruinart champagne house offers an amazing visit to its Gallo-Roman chalk mines, including a tasting of its grands crus. This tour costs 70.00 € and is free for those under 18 years of age. Address: 4 rue des Crayères, Reims
Three tours (Cordon Rouge, Discovery, the Mumm Experience in Black & White) will allow the curious and true champagne lovers to come and explore every facet of champagne and deepen their understanding of the art of wine tasting. At the end of the visit, you will have the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to champagne production and then taste a glass of one of the house vintages.
From 20 € to 39 €: 34 rue du Champ de Mars, Reims
At only 20 years of age, Eugène Mercier founded his own Maison and revolutionized the world of champagne. He took on an incredible challenge: making the wine reserved for the elite of the time accessible to everyone, without ever compromising its remarkable quality. 30 meters under the chalky soil of Epernay, we invite you to come and discover thhe Mercier heritage. Aboard the little train, you'll travel through the 18 km of cellars, evidence of the unique history of this nonconformist brand, and then go back up to ground level to enjoy a glass of champagne.
An excursion in Champagne is also an opportunity to treat yourself to a getaway for a weekend or several days to visit the villages along the hillsides, nestled in a region where modernity and tradition boldly coexist in harmony. Your visit to the Champagne cellars can also include a trip to Reims Mountain or Châlons-en-Champagne.
Did you know? The region of Champagne as been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.
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