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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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City of Reims

City of Reims

Reims, a city located in the north East part of France, the administrative capital of the famous Champagne region, it hides many sights and history, from old history until the most recent one.

WHAT TO SEE?

City of Reims

Saint Remi Basilica

Reims is known in France for being the place where the kings were crownd, specifically, up to 26 kings took over the reign of France from this city. After the World Wars, the city met a fast reconstruction and you will be able to appreciate both the sights of the past and the lively modern city combined.

In Reims you can find one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, the Reims Cathedral. Built in 1211, it became a glorious example of the Gothic style. It is home of more than 1 million visitors per year.

Talking about religious monuments, Reims also has the basilica Saint Remi, which is as beautiful as the cathedral itself.

You will also have the chance to visit the Palais du Tau museum, where you will be able to appreciate statues from the cathedrale’s facades, precious tapestries, coronation jewels and more. All framed with an historical explanation.

City of Reims

Champagne Park

In addition, the city offers one of the most lively neighborhoods, called Boulingrin, which is around the city hall. You will find a lively and easygoing atmosphere, you can relax having a drink and contemplating the movements of the city. Also, in this area you will find the market of Reims, a building classified as an historical monument, where you can find an important food market.

Last but not least, the city has a park called Champagne Park which covers around 22 acres. Discover its gardens and green fields, feel free to walk on it and take a breath wrapped in nature.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ReimsThe city of Reims is worth-visiting for its main particular sights: history, lively districts and champagne combined in one.

Famous brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery or Mumm can be found in the city. You can take a guided tour to discover the long underground caves and taste some exclusive champagnes.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Reims Cathedral

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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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City of Reims

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