Planning Your Day in Champagne

Champagne is about 100 miles east of Paris and is best known for producing sparkling white wine.The viticultural boundaries span 70,000 acres, and are split into five wine producing areas; the Aube, Cote des Blancs, Cote de Sezanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallee de la Marne.

The key planning questions for your trip to the Champagne region.

1. Where do you want to start and end the day?
2. How long do you want to tour for?
3. How do you want to split the day between Houses, vineyards, and historic sites?
4. If staying overnight, where is the best place to stay?
5. Do you want to combine your trip with vineyard visits in Burgundy, Loire, Alsace or Provence?

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Start Times & Duration by Location

 Full Day from Paris
 at 7.45am (2hrs by Car / 40mins by TGV)
 Duration 10hrs
 Full Day from Champagne
 at 8.45am +/-
 Duration 8hrs
 Half Day from Champagne
 1:45pm +/-
 Duration 4hrs
 Half Day from Champagne
 at 8:45am or 1:45pm+/-
 Duration 5hrs
Full Day Combinations

 Famous Houses
 2 cellars + 1 family vineyard
 Family Vineyard
 3 or 4 family vineyards
 1 cellar + 2 family vineyards

The towns of Reims and Épernay are the main commercial centres of the region. The city of Reims is 80 miles east of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the Roman period. Reims houses the headquarters of Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Pommery, Mumm and Taittinger. Their deep spectacular carved underground chalk cellars & tunnels are still used to age the Champagne. The UNESCO Cathedral in Reims is one of France's great masterpieces of Gothic art and a highlight worth a visit. It became the cathedral of Coronations for French kings in memory of the baptism of Clovis by Saint Remi on Christmas Day 498. For those interested in art, the Beaux Arts Museum houses some a small but interesting collection of art deco art and furniture.

Epernay, dates back to the end of the first Iron Age. It has the 2nd largest concentration of major Champagne houses including Moët & Chandon, De Castellane, Mercier, and Pol Roger located on Ave. de Champagne, and about 110 kilometres of underground cellars. Moet traces its history back to 1743 when they shipped Champagne to Paris for the first time. It grew in popularity during the reign of Louis XV who enjoyed it for romantic suppers with his favorite ladies of the court . Close to Epernay is the premier cru village of Hautvillers, with its narrow streets, and sweeping views of the Marne Valley. The village was built around the 7th century Abbey Saint Pierre, home to legendary cellar master Dom Perignon in 1668.
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