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Champagne houses in Reims, day trips from Paris

Champagne houses in Reims worth visiting

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 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?Champagne houses in Reims

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.

 

Champagne houses in Reims

Pommery

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 the Cathedral of Reims.

 

Champagne houses in Reims

Taittinger

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.

Champagne houses in Reims

Roger Manceaux

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.

Wafflart-Briet Champagne

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.

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Champagne region France

The Champagne region in the north of France is of course the first place known for the champagne, the world-famous wine produced here. But also small and large cities like Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Epernay, Troyes and Langres make a weekend or holiday in the Champagne region worthwhile.

Champagne is a wine region in the north of France, known for its sparkling wines, which are the only ones in the world to be called “Champagne”. The region consists of two regions. In the north you will find cities like Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. In the more southern region you will find among others Troyes and Langres.

TROYES

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Troyes is a city that by chance has the shape of a champagne cork. It may not be immediately noticeable, but if you look at the historical centre on the map, you will no longer hesitate. Because the city is more southern than Reims, it is less visited during short holidays.

The city is popular because of a number of historic buildings, such as the Cathedral of St Pierre-et-St-Paul and the Museum of Modern Art. Just outside the city is the nature park Parc Naturel Régional de la Forêt d’ Orient, a park where you can walk quietly or do water sports.

In the streetscape of Troyes you can still see many authentic buildings with stained-glass windows and you will find some churches worth visiting. In the Église St-Panthaléon you will discover beautiful sculptures. The Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre-et-St-Paul is home to an impressive interior set by the colourful light play of the stained glass windows.

As a historic capital, Troyes owes much of its glory to the markets in the Middle Ages and the prosperity of the Counts of Champagne. You will find unique half-timbered houses from that period. The funny thing is that these houses are often skewed, but in any case they are beautiful because of the bright colours.

It is also an art city, where craftsmanship flourishes very well. In the many museums and galleries there are beautiful works of art to admire. Troyes is also a true shopping paradise. The city has no less than 250 outlet stores.

Tip: don’t plan your visit on a Monday, because then all museums, churches and shops are closed!

REIMS

Reims Cathedral, champagne in 2 days

Situated on the banks of the Vesle river, Reims has no fewer than four buildings listed on the Unesco World Heritage Site: the Notre-Dame Cathédrale, the Saint-Remi Basilique, the Tau Palais and the Saint-Remi Museum. With these beautiful historical constructions, Reims is a city that has a lot more to offer than just champagne.

The Roman remains bear witness to the wealth that the city used to have. In Reims you can visit the famous Gothic cathedral, stroll through a Roman triumphal arch and study the interior in a Carolingian basilica.

The cathedral of Notre-Dame is remarkable. During the 13th century it was rebuilt after a fire completely destroyed it. Not only the cathedral suffered from devastation, the whole city has been completely destroyed a number of times. The last destruction dates from 1918. The city was constantly rebuilt.

Now it possesses the structure that it also owned during the 17th-18th century. It is a pretty small town that you can easily discover on foot. The strategic location of this city made it a city of military importance in former times.

CHÂLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE

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Châlons-en-Champagne is the capital of the Châlons-en-Champagne-Ardenne region. With the Gothic cathedral Saint-Etienne and Romanesque church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux with its beautiful stained-glass windows, you can also visit structures that are unique enough for a place on the Unesco list. Châlons-en-Champagne is a city with lots of greenery. You can see this at the city park’ Le Petit Jard’ and the surroundings by the water.

Tip: Take a boat trip on the Marne. This gives you a unique view of the authentic medieval buildings from the river!

EPERNAY

City of Épernay, champagne in 2 days

Epernay, located on the Marne, can be seen historically as the centre of champagne production. All the grape varieties needed for champagne can be found here. You can also walk through the Avenue De Champagne. This is a district with only champagne producers and traders. You will find stately and impressive houses, originally built to impress the French royal house.

Underneath the city are miles of underground corridors where the champagne is stored. Champagne houses often give guided tours through their cellars.

Moët & Chandon, champagne in 2 days

Be excited:

Moët & Chandon, the oldest champagne house;
Mercier, where you will be guided through the cellars with a panoramic lift and a train;
The small winegrowers, who mainly run family farms and brew the best champagne wines.

LANGRES

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Langres is located on the Plateau of Langres where several rivers such as the Seine, Aube, Marne and the Meuse spring out. Langres is one of the best maintained cities in France. Thanks to very intact architectural monuments including the fortifications around the old town, you can walk through history almost literally.

Take a walk along the ramparts of the city and pass by the 12 establishment tower, the 13th century Saint-Martin church and the 7 gates, including’ La Porte Gallo-Romaine’. Soon you will have a nice walk of 3.5 km on it, because that is the length of the city wall.

 

 

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Don’t miss out on the best Champagne tours around Paris

Are you interested in day tour around Paris? Do you want to experience the best Champagne tour during your stay in Paris? Check out some valuable and beautiful Champagne tours that will make your stay meaningful and worthwhile!

 

Pure Gothic architecture, famous Smiling Angle, and Romanesque Basilica of Saint Remi are all exceptional in Reims. Magnificent Gothic church Aÿ, Avenay-Val-d’Or, Louvois, middle-class homes occupied by famous champagne Houses, beautiful villages, romantic scene from the top of Mount Aimé are all remarkable in Epernay. One thing you would not want to miss in Paris is champagne. In order to taste the best champagne and get the best experience, let’s check out the best champagne tours in Reims and Epernay region.

Surrounded with many hidden villages and family run vineyards, the entire champagne routes cover around 360 miles starting within Reims and stretching to the south of Epernay. Although all the champagne tour produce same three types of grape – pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, each of them are unique as you take time to learn about the history and the century-long process of producing world’s most notable wine.

Day trip from Paris

The Massif de St-Thierry

The Massif de St-Thierry route brings you to the north west of Reims and exit in Tinqueux, through the hidden villages that are intimately linked to the sacraments of the kings of France located among the deep vine and forest. It begins with the visit to the Palais du Tau, that sheltered treasury from the cathedrals of Reims and parts of the original statuary. During this Champagne tour, it will also bring you to visit chapel of modern community that are beautifully designed and decorated. When you have reach to the end of the tour, you will be able to visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint-Remi Basilica and its museum.

The Montagne de Reims

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The Montagne de Reims routes extend to the Regional Natural Park of the Mountain of Reims and the agricultural plain, through one of the richest wine-growing areas in France, the Faux de Verzy reserve. It nestles in the heart of the vineyard, with panoramic view of greenery and forests. The routes will also bring you to some small and unspotted villages such as Bouzy and Dizy, which are famous for its red wine. During the tour, you are able to visit the champagne cellars of the Saint-Nicaise hill, which proposed to the World Heritage of the UNESCO shelter thousands of bottles of Champagne.

The Vallée de la Marne

Flowing through the Champagne vineyard, Marne River becomes the most attractive part of this Champagne tour. It passes by some very popular and welcoming villages such as Crouttes, Charly, Nogent-l’Artaud, Romeny-sur-Marne, a town visited by countless impressionist painters, and Condé-en-Brie, a castle of the princes of Condé. A wonderful view that you will not want to miss is Hautvillers, well-known for its abbey where Dom Pérignon claimed to discover the secret of champagne making in the 17th century.

The Côte des Blancs

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The Côte des Blancs routs locates on the edge of the plateau of Brie, between Epernay to Vertus. As the hometown of white grapes, you will walk through the elegance and fineness of champagne. The Champagne tour starts in Epernay by the famous Avenue de Champagne, pass through Mont Bernon by Chouilly and return to the church of Chavot-Courcourt of the 12th century, which is the only island in the ocean of vines. This tour will also pass through Oger, one of the “most beautiful villages of France”.

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Before reaching the vineyards, take a break to enjoy the delicate bouquet of wild flowers, violets and hazelnuts. There are 80 wine growers around this Champagne Routes, not to mention one of the famous champagne producer Aube. Many wine growers are open to the public and welcome visitors throughout the year. As proud of as the wine makers about the creation of their wine, enjoy the tour with enthusiasm and relax in the ocean of champagne and tranquility.

 

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Reims Cathedral

With more than 1 million of visitors per year, the Reims Cathedral, best known as the Notre-Dame of Reims (Our Lady of Reims), is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture.

WHAT TO SEE?

Reims CathedralIt is one of the tallest cathedrals in Europe: inside, the roof reaches up to 38 meters! The cathedral itself is composed by two towers that reach 86 meters. You can climb the 249 steps leading to the balconies in the towers, to discover a great view of the city as well as the Gallery of Kings sanctuary. Moreover, the building contains one of the biggest expositions of statues, with a particular fact: each other try to interact with other statues, just like a comic!

In addition, this is the place where all the French kings were crowned, up to 26 kings walked through the cathedral in the coronation procedure!

The cathedral was built from the year 1211 (even if it existed a previous cathedral under the title of the Virgin Mary) and finished in 1275. However, during all this centuries, the cathedral has suffered wars, fires and reconstructions. The most recent occurrence was during the German attack in the first World War, where Reims was heavely damaged. The city has been rebuilt and now the cathedral shows, for instance, new glass windows, made by famous artists like Chagall.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

Reims CathedralThe cathedral is worth-visiting. Not only for being one of the best buildings which express the Gothic style, but also for the hidden history within its walls. For this reason, we highly recommend to take a guided tour, where you will be able to learn about all the occurrences and events that took part in the building: since the first Christian King of the Franks, baptized in the Reims Cathedral in the year 496, passing through Joan of Arc, until the World Wars.

Inside the building, you will be able to admire more than 2000 statues. Moreover, many of them can also be also found in the Palais du Tau.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Prices: Free. But for the cathedral towers there is an additional price.

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Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

Dom Perignon's village: Hauntvillers

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

Known as the discoverer of the procedure to make sparkling wine, Dom Pérignon has now become in one of the most famous brands in the world. But, where is its history coming from?

WHAT TO SEE?

The Hautvillers village is located in the north East part of France, in the Champagne famous region. However, what has this village in special? Well, you may know the Dom Pérignon champagne brand, right? Its story starts here!
Don Pérignon
was a monk  born in 1638 in the region of Santo-Menehould, who lived in Hautvillers. It is said that he was blind, and that when he tried a grape, he knew from which vineyard it came from. He is also famous for his contribution and elaboration of wine. However, nowadays Dom Pérignon is known not just for this, but for being one of the most famous champagne brands.Dom Perignon's village: Hautvillers

In the village, you will be able to find the church where the grave of Dom Pérignon is located.

While walking on the main streets, don’t forget to glance at the funny signs above your head on most of the doors: they represent the occupations of the people who used to live there.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?Dom Perignon's villague: Hautviller

Of course you have to step in the church and take at least 10 minutes to visit. You should consider approximately least half an hour to visit the villague, and then of course you want to extend your visit by sipping a glass of champagne somewhere.

 

 

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

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City of Épernay

City of Épernay, champagne in 2 days

City of Épernay

130 kilometers far from Paris, the capital city of France, we can find the capital of the Champagne region: Épernay. World-famous brands such as Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon are located here. But why is champagne so famous in the city of Épernay?

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Located in the Marne department, the city of Épernay is famous for its large wine lands. However, this city became famous worldwide for being home to one of the most luxurious drinks:  champagne.

This drink is mostly known for its particular use around the world. City of ÉpernayFor example, it is common to uncork a bottle of champagne when a Formula 1 driver wins a race. Champagne is also used in celebrations like perhaps when families celebrate New Year’s Eve. Or it is even used when a bottle of champagne is ceremonially thrown against the hull of a boat to christen it before its launching. But why is this drink so famous out of all the different types of wine in the world? Well, perhaps the difference can be found not just in the taste, but in the controlled designation of origin.

Yes, Épernay and a few regions next to it are exclusive in producing champagne. All the champagne of the world in fact is produced in this region of France! If the “champagne” is produced in other lands, then it won’t be considered as Champagne.

City of ÉpernayFor this reason, Épernay’s economy is based on the land: the production and the distribution of champagne. Épernay is home of famous brands such as Perrier Jouet, Mercier champagne, Demoiselle, Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon, for example.

All of them are located specifically in one point: the Avenue of the Champagne, where you can find all houses one right next to the other. On this famous avenue, you are encouraged to enter the champagne houses by taking a guided visit, as well as tasting different champagne. Discovering the local producers of champagne is also a good idea, taking into account that you will be able to learn all the procedure of making champagne from them.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ÉpernayYou can walk on the Avenue of the Champagne and see the most famous houses, but perhaps the most interesting is to get out of the city and meet other producers onsite with the help of a private driver to get you there.

We highly recommend that you visit the region of Épernay, not just because of the city (typical french), but for the wines they produce. As we said before, this zone is unique in the world. Don’t you want to know where all the champagne you’ve tried comes from? If you are in France, you should seriously consider a visit!

You can get there with car from Reims or from Paris with a private car. However, some trains are also available from Paris.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: Houses may open from  9 am to 11:30 am and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Prices: Free

Access: By car or by train from Paris.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

Local Producers

Moët & Chandon

 

Champagne travel from Paris

How to get to Champagne from Paris

 

http://parisbym.com/which-chateau-de-france-you-should-visit/http://parisbym.com/which-chateau-de-france-you-should-visit/It’s become an icon for celebration–it may just be the best-known wine in the world. Of course, champagne is named after the area it comes from, as is typical in French viticultural tradition. Want to see where the magic happens? If you’re in Paris, then you’re in luck!

 

Champagne from Paris

Notre Dame de Reims (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Bottle Up Your Excitement on the Bus

Of course there’s more to the place than just wine. Take a bus to Champagne from Paris for only 9€ (each way). It will take about 2 hours. You can buy tickets from Paris to Reims on the flixbus website.

 

Champagne from Paris

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Take the Train There

Fun fact: the ceremonial coronation of French monarchs took place at the Notre Dame de Reims (picture at the top of the page). Looking for a speedy 45-minute train-ride there?  Round trip train tickets cost around 30-40€. Make an itinerary with SNCF.

 

Champagne from Paris

Champagne vineyards in Verzenay (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Cars Still Exist

Sure, we’d all like to transcend this shameful global automobile addiction already. And yes, France is not the auto-country the US is. Wine (champagne!) flows through her veins, not gasoline. That being said, going by car may only cost you the price of fuel if you’ve already got one. Like the bus, it’s around 2 hours away. If you’re interested in renting a car, here are the most popular car-rental companies:

www.rentacar.fr

www.europcar.fr

www.sixt.fr

www.budget.fr

 

Champagne from Paris

The Canal du Trévois in Troyes (Wikimedia Commons)

 

So go and enjoy Reims and the countryside!

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