Gold Champagne Experience from Reims (Small group tour)
Discovery of the most famous Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and villages of Champagne around Epernay : The “Côte des Blancs” famous for its Chardonnay and the “Vallée de la Marne” and its historic hillsides listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO predominantly planted with Pinot Noir.
Visit of the historic village of Hautvillers “Cradle of Champagne”, the Church of Dom Pérignon and the vineyard.
Visit of the famous village and Grand Cru vineyard of Aÿ Champagne.
Discovery tour in the "Côte des Blancs" Grand Cru.
Pause at the most beautiful viewpoints of Champagne and gain more understanding of vineyard management.
Visit followed by the tasting of many Grand cru and Premier cru Champagnes at two families of independent producers/growers as well as famous Champagne spirits.
Commented passage through the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, called "the most expensive Avenue in the World" with its 200 million bottles in the cellar.
Convivial Champagne lunch.Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this productStop At:
Ay-Champagne, Ay-Champagne, Marne, Grand Est
You will discover the historic hillsides of Aÿ-Champagne which are classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its Grand Cru vineyards.
Do you know that the village of Aÿ was the main center of the Champagne industry and still has a very special place-
The kings of France had their own presses there from the 16th century and the wines of Champagne were formerly called "Wines of Aÿ".
This is where I will take you to discover the historic village and its famous vineyard where I will tell you about the work of the vines, the grape varieties, this exceptional Terroir, sustainable viticulture...
We will stop in front of the headquarters of famous Champagne Houses of Aÿ such as Bollinger, Deutz, Ayala...
You will also taste the 3 famous Champagne spirits from the Goyard Distillery in Aÿ, which is the 1st Champagne Distillery founded in 1911 : Ratafia of Champagne, Fine of Marne, Marc of Champagne.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At:
Mareuil-sur-Ay, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Ay-Champagne, Marne, Grand Est
We will also pass through this 1st Cru village with its historic hillsides classified as World Heritage Site by Unesco and mainly planted with Pinot Noir. You will also see the headquarters of more confidential Champagne Houses : Champagne Billecart-Salmon and Philipponnat.
Duration: 30 minutesStop At:
Hautvillers, Hautvillers, Marne, Grand Est
We will stop in the unmissable village of Hautvillers in its hillsides classified as World Heritage by UNESCO to enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Champagne, in the vineyard exactly where Dom Pérignon conducted his experiments.
It is the ideal place in the heart of the vineyards to take unforgettable photos of you and this breathtaking landscape!
We will visit the first of the 2 families of independent producers/growers that you will discover during this day with explanations of the champagne production process, visit of the presses, wineries and cellars.
You will taste there, during a commented tasting, 3 different Champagnes mainly composed of Pinot Noir*.
*depending on the season and availability, this visit/tastings may take place in a village of the "Côte des Blancs" or in Aÿ-Champagne.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At:
Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers, Rue de L'Eglise, 51160 Hautvillers France
Hautvillers is a historic village of the 'Vallée de la Marne" called the Cradle of Champagne and known for its history with the famous monk Dom Pérignon "Spiritual father of Champagne". We will visit the church where he officiated for 40 years and where he now rests forever.
I will tell you his story and you will finally know whether or not he is the inventor of Champagne !
Duration: 30 minutesPass By:
Avenue de Champagne, 51200, Epernay France
Another must-see Champagne UNESCO World Heritage Site that we will cross is the "Avenue de Champagne" in Epernay, the Capital of the Champagne vineyards.
It is considered the most expensive Avenue in the world with its prestigious Champagne houses, its mansions and its 100 kilometers of cellars which hide 200 million bottles.
We will cross this Avenue for a good kilometer to explain the history of its superb mansions and production buildings belonging for centuries to the Champagne Houses Moët and Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger to name a few.Stop At:
Cramant, Cramant, Marne, Grand Est
Cramant is a famous village of the "Côte des Blancs" called the "Kingdom of Chardonnay Grand Cru".
For lunch, we have selected for you Champagne and dining bars appreciated by the locals in order to share this convivial moment. *
*Depending on the day of the tour, the lunch location may vary.
On the menu, to accompany your Champagne (1 bottle per group of 2 persons) for example : gourmet platters of charcuterie and cheese with bread and salad, ready-made farm meals, pâtés, regional biscuits and coffee.
When booking your tour, please inform us if you have food allergies or have any dietary requirements.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At:
Oger, Oger, Marne, Grand Est
Oger is another renowned Grand Cru village of the "Côte des Blancs" with the famous "Blanc de Blancs" 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru.
We will cross to reach several other Grand cru villages such as Chouilly and Avize , pass in front of the largest bottles factory and near the famous "Chateau de Saran", the ultra private property where the luxury LVMH group (who owns Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug ...) receives its biggest customers and VIPs as well as the "Montaigu site" dedicated to the champagne making of Moët & Chandon.
This is where we will visit one of the 2 families of independent producers/growers of the day with explanation of the champagne making process, visit to the presses, wineries and cellars.
You will taste many 100% Grand Cru Champagnes with tasting advices : min. of 3 tastings per person to discover the different "Blanc de Blancs" such as natural Champagne without dosage, from old vines, vintage or even aged in oak barrels.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By:
Parc Naturel Regional de la Montagne de Reims, D386, 51480 Pourcy France
During the journey between Reims and Epernay, you will also discover the "Montagne de Reims" and its superb forest to cross to reach the famous vineyards near Epernay, the Capital of the Champagne vineyards.
"Most travelers can participate"
"Near public transportation"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
Hora de Inicio:
Duración: 7 To 8 Hours
Lugar de comienzo:
Reims Central Train Station, 51100 Reims, France
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.