The unofficial capital of the Champagne region – Reims is well known for its production of sparkling wine, widely known as champagne. You can find there a heritage of production of sparkling wine. You can visit the famous champagne houses in Reims, get to know more about the process of production and even taste a one (or two 😉) delicious champagnes.
How to go to Reims from Paris?
The best and the fastest way to go to Reims is by train. You can take a TGV from Gare de l’Est and arrive in the center of Reims in around 50 minutes! The prices of the train may differ from 22-50 € depending on when you book your ticket online. You can also take the popular bus company – Flixbus which takes approximately 2h to go there for even 7€.
What are the best champagne houses in Reims to visit?
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
One of the best well-known champagne houses in Reims is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin which is the number 2 best-selling champagne brand in the world. This orange label bottle is well recognized all around the world. Located just 30 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Reims, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne house offers public tours which last 1h-2h with the price range from 26-53€ per person. The Cellar tours are available from March 6th to December 29th, Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
The next renowned champagne house is Pommery which belongs to the Vranken-Pommery Monopole Group. You can take the step into the Pommery cellars, get to know the techniques of crafting the champagne, see a contemporary art exhibit and taste some of the exquisite flavors. Tours last approximately 1 hour, and cost 22-30€ per person. The Pommery is open all week from 10 am to 6 pm, located 15 minutes by walk from Veuve Clicquot and 30 minutes from Cathedral of Reims.
The last but not least is famous Taittinger which has one of the biggest caves where we can find 4th century Roman stone quarries occupying part of the cellars. The beginning of the tour is in the cellar, 17m underground, which the monks used as a place to store their wine. Taittinger cellars are open every day (closed weekends off-season) from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and the prices for the tour vary from 19-55€. You can get there from the Pommery in 10 minutes, and from the city center in about 20.
I would definitely recommend booking the tickets in advance on the official website of the champagne houses in Reims since some of them don’t accept walk-ins and they sell out really fast!
Local champagne houses near Reims worth checking out!
Not that far from Reims, in the countryside near the mountains, you can find some local champagne producers who will welcome you warmly, give you the tour on their vineyards and cellars, and share with you their history as well as the passion to the champagne.
The first I recommend is Roger Manceaux champagne house, located in Rilly-la-Montagne, 20 minutes by car and 12 minutes by train from Reims. The house is open for visitors from Monday to Friday from 9 am – 12 pm and 1.30pm – 5.30pm and on the weekends by earlier appointment. The tour costs approximately 10€ and you will get to taste amazing quality champagne made from their own grapes.
The second local champagne house I would recommend you to visit is located 20 minutes by car from Reims city center in a village called Sacy. Wafflart-Briet Champagne provides tour and tastings in their small champagne house. They are a little bit expensive but definitely worth visiting. The prices vary from 110-200€ but the tour takes 3-5h with a lot of activities. Some of them offer lunch and pick up from Reims!
Tips and additional information
If you are looking for exceptional experience, I suggest combining the 2 types of champagne houses together. Visiting one local and one famous could be the best idea to not only get to know the process from two different perspectives but also compare the flavors to find the one, you like the most. And it is definitely enough to understand the process of the production better and taste some delicious bubbly.
PS. All these tours are available in English so you don’t need to worry if you don’t speak French 😊
It is a perfect trip for one day, so just hop onto a train or a bus and go to visit champagne houses in Reims and not only! If you are also a lover of the old architecture, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims is worth visiting.