Sparkling excursionto Champagne country
With our suitcases barely set down, we already feel that in Reims, Champagne is everywhere. It adds a sparkle to romantic encounters, outings with friends and evening events. It is much more than a beverage for important occasions. It's a whole world, combining the luxury of the greatest Champagne Houses, the majesty of their cellars, the splendour of the Champagne vineyards and the authenticity of an encounter with wine producers. The programme for your trip is already taking shape...
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Visit the cellars of a great champagne house
An essential part of any holiday in Reims is of course a visit to the cellars of one or more of the Great Champagne Houses. If you can, select at least two. The dilemma will then be which ones to choose.
With Cazanove, Lanson, G.H. Mumm, G.H. Martel, Pommery, Ruinart, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, you certainly have a particular attachment or liking for one of these names. In any case, we can only encourage you to visit one of the champagne houses located on the site of Saint-Nicaise Hill, one of the three sites included in the Champagne Landscapes inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. What a surprise to discover their huge cathedrals of chalk, where millions of bottles are lying at rest. When your visit is over, the tasting stage will allow you to savour the flagship vintage of the House before perhaps going into the shop.
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Criss-cross the champagne vineyard
All you have to do is go through the gates of the town in the South to find yourself in an ocean of vineyards that carpet the hills of the Montagne de Reims. Take the Champagne Tourist Route and continue on to Verzenay, for example. The Lighthouse of Verzenay guides, not sailors, but travellers for a tour of the wine and vine museum. We learn the basics about Champagne and the icing on the cake is that those brave people who will climb the 101 steps to the lighthouse will have a breathtaking view of the vineyard in any season!
Not far from the lighthouse, stop at the Moulin du Verzenay, owned by Mumm Champagne. It offers a magnificent panoramic view of the vineyards and will add a special touch to your photos.
Set off to meet passionate wine producers
typical signs of the wine producers. Along the way, stop at one of them. Many wine producers and cooperatives open their doors mainly on weekdays and passionately present their trade, from the work in the vineyards to the processing stages of Champagne. We feel in their words the love they bring to their “terroir” and to their family heritage. These authentic encounters will undoubtedly be one of the most vivid memories of your trip.