Discover Reims, visit the emblematic Champagne House Veuve Clicquot. Head to Epernay in the heart of the vineyard to admire the Champagne Avenue and Hautvillers. Be welcomed at a typical Champagne House (Le Clos Corbier) and appreciate an animated Champagne masterclass. In the afternoon, be immersed in the authenticity of a family grower.
Meet your expert guide at 9.00 am in front of the tourist office of Reims centre train station and start the day with the discovery of Reims city centre.
Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 33 kings of France. Admire the “Grandes Maisons de Champagne” such as Taittinger and Pommery.
Thereafter, enjoy a full tour in the underground cellars of the prestigious Champagne House Veuve Clicquot as a first introduction to the Champagne making process and explore the 25 meter deep 2000 year old cellars. Finish the visit by savouring a nice glass of the famous “Yellow Label” Champagne.
Enjoy a moment in the vineyards, with breathtaking views on the UNESCO world’s heritage vines of Champagne and acquire knowledge about the particularities of our “terroir”. You will then discover the village of Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne. Get to enter the church where the famous monk Dom Pérignon is buried.
Drive through the famous Champagne Avenue in Epernay, capital of Champagne, where some of the most prestigious estates are based : Pol Roger, Perrier Jouët, Moët&Chandon, Boizel…
Be welcomed in Mareuil-sur-Ay at a typical Champagne House (Le Clos Corbier). After a Champagne quiz, train your nose to identify the different aromas and flavours that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop. Get competitive as you get to identify blindly 3 different Champagnes from boutique wineries all while eating some local snacks.
Immerse yourself into the French lifestyle with a traditional lunch which consists of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of Champagnes.
You will spend the afternoon alongside a Champagne producer, get behind the scenes, visit the press, tank room, cellar and get to appreciate the tools and expertise of a small Champagne maker. Appreciate several tastings of their own production and acquire tasting knowledge with these rare Champagnes!
After a day full of experiences and precious souvenirs, your guide will drop you off, in front of the tourist office of Reims centre train station at 6.00 pm.
Tour of the Veuve Clicquot underground cellars
Lunch at a typical Champagne House
I was born in Paris and lived there for most of my life until I moved to Bordeaux for a new job to work for a wine company. During my time here, I completely fell in love with Bordeaux, as well as Strasbourg and Reims, and truly discovered what we call in French art de vivre (the art of living).
The Champagne wine region is just east of Paris and is the world’s most famous wine region. Enjoy a tour through the rolling hills with a local expert guide who will teach you all about the region and its rich history. On top of this you will even get to taste what the region has to offer, experiencing the true French experience!
Where to meet:
Reims Centre Train Station at 9am.
Office de Tourisme Reims (Site Gare)
Cour de la Gare
We will meet OUTSIDE the train station on the right, in front of the tourist office.