“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking i!” How could anyone disagree with Madame de Pompadour’s assessment of Champagne? Ruinart 1729, Taittinger 1734, Moët 1772, Clicquot 1772, Pommery 1836, and Mumm 1827: these famous names, with a legacy and origins that bear witness to winemakers who have made the most of rich and fertile terrain, invite you to follow the roads of the Champagne region. Pinot noir, Pinot meunier, and Chardonnay are all used to make this famous wine.
Reims, with its Gothic art, is at the centre of French history, having been sanctified since the year 816. It’s sure to win your heart as, in addition to everything else there is to see, it is also home to all the major Champagne houses. Epernay challenges Reims for the title of capital of Champagne and would be another excellent starting point from which to explore the region.
The Champagne region can be broken down further into four major districts; the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, the Marne Valley, and the Côte des Bar. Your visit may lead you towards Epernay and the surrounding region, which is surrounded by vineyards in the huge spaces around the Marne, around Bar-sur-Seine and the hillsides of Vitry.
From Cramant to Vertus, a gentle thirteen-kilometre walk will take you through Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger (home to “Le Clos du Mesnil”, a magical 1.87-hectare property that was enclosed in 1698 where Chardonnay is grown).
By hot air balloon, taking off from Reims, Sault lès Rethel or Turqueux, to discover these spectacular vineyards from the sky.