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Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

1. Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

In 1871 Eugène Mercier began the pioneering project of constructing wine cellars: “Count by kilometers and not by meters,” he indicated to the architects. A few years later, 18 kilometers of impressive underground tunnels were created with an incredible cellar that now offers visitors the opportunity to experience an inspiring discovery. Come along and discover the Maison Mercier onboard a little train to travel across the cellars. Enjoy the audio tour followed by a tasting of two champagnes, the Mercier Brut and Mercier Brut Blanc de Noirs, with commentary. Possible tour languages include French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.

Epernay: Guided Tour of Champagne Cellar with Tastings

2. Epernay: Guided Tour of Champagne Cellar with Tastings

Arrive at a beautiful Champagne House called Vollereaux Champagne in the Marne Valley of Champagne. Begin the 1-hour tour with a guided visit of the historic cellars. Learn about the history of the house and the champagne-making process. Find out how the house was founded in 1805, and now stretches over 100-acres, covering the 13 villages of Coteaux Sud d’Epernay. Discover how the 6th-generation of the Vollereaux family continues a 200-year legacy of family management at the champagne house. At the end of the tour, taste 3 different champagnes as you feel the sense of sharing and togetherness which reflects the family's history and its pursuits. 

Aÿ-Champagne: Pressoria Champagne Museum with Tasting

3. Aÿ-Champagne: Pressoria Champagne Museum with Tasting

Immerse yourself in all things Champagne with this ticket to the Pressoria Champagne museum in Aÿ-Champagne. Uncover the secrets of what makes Champagne authentic, as you follow the journey from the soil to the bottle. Travel to the foot of a green French hillside to the UNESCO world heritage commune of Aÿ-Champagne. View the classically designed museum and explore the engaging displays at your own pace. Find out what makes Champagne the drink of kings. Dig into the depths of the sub-soil and relax in the peaceful vineyards. Learn how to pick and to press the grapes. Follow the process of fermenting, aging, and bottling the perfect Champagne. Become a connoisseur as you learn more about how each layer of flavor is constructed. Let the light bubbly flavor delight your taste buds to the fullest.

From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

4. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting point. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7.30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way to Champagne, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne! Once you arrive in Champagne, you'll start your day with a visit to a very prestigious Estate (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier etc. depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided-tour with a tasting. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes and stop in the heart of the vineyard to enjoy a masterclass led by your wine expert guide. He will teach you the basis of the wine professional tasting. Then you will practice by enjoying a special cuvee. Next stop is for lunch in a family-run champagne House or at a local restaurant (depending on availability). You will have the chance to taste several glasses of champagne and ratafias (another local wine), paired with local food. Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne Rosé… what would you pair them with? After lunch, enjoy a digestive tour through the vineyard of the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. Learn the characteristics of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, and enjoy amazing views over the vineyard. Get ready to take some pictures! Your guide will drive you to Hautvillers, a typical French village, home of the legendary Dom Perignon. Last but not least, visit another family-run winery where you will learn the art of sabrage or disgorgement “à la volée” (a technique for opening a champagne bottle), depending on availability. Taste several delicious champagnes before heading back to Paris, where you will be dropped off in a central, well connected area.

From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

5. From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

Start the tour a 9 AM in Reims, where you will be picked up from the meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. Start the morning by seeing the sights in the fabulous city of Reims.  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 25 kings of France. After this, explore the underground cellars of the prestigious Taittinger Champagne House where you will have the opportunity to savor a lovely morning glass of champagne. Take a scenic drive through the northern vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Continue your bubbly tour when you arrive at a family-run boutique winery. Enjoy a tour of the traditional press and vat room as your guide details the traditional Champagne-making method known as the 'Méthode Champenoise'. Appreciate several tastings of the family's personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wines. This tour ends when you will be dropped off back in Reims

Champagne: Champagne Masterclass with Lunch

6. Champagne: Champagne Masterclass with Lunch

Be welcomed in Mareuil-sur-Ay at the typical Champagne house Le Clos Corbier. After a fun Champagne quizz, train your nose to identify the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop with a specialist guide. Get competitive as you get to identify blindly 3 different Champagnes from boutique wineries all while eating some local snacks. Afterward, immerse yourself in the french lifestyle with a traditional lunch of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of Champagnes.

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

7. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

Explore the Champagne region on a guided day tour from Paris. Visit the cellars of reputable champagne producers, learn about the history of the region, taste local wines, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Start with a pickup from your hotel and head for the heart of the champagne region, Épernay. Take a guided tour of Moet & Chandon or other famous champagne houses such as Pommery, G.H MUMM, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, etc. Learn about the history of its namesake and sip on fine vintage champagne. Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne towards your minivan while the guide tells you about a few other well-known houses around you and the champagne cellars below you. Visit a small local winery and meet the people behind the production of this great drink. Taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate. Stop in the village where the monk who invented champagne lived. Discover local gastronomy and savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the producer where more than 80 farmers work hard to make an amazing selection of sparkling wines designed for special occasions. Explore the museum to see different utensils used to make Champagne, and watch a short film about the vineyards. Sample more glasses of Champagne before driving back to Paris. After a few fun games, trying all types of wines, and eating delicious food, your guide will also give you something nice to remember your visit to the champagne region and drop you off at your hotel.

Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

8. Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Journey back in time on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims and discover a majestic monument of French Gothic art and architecture where many of the kings of France were crowned. Along with the cathedrals of Chartres and Amiens, the Notre-Dame de Reims is a member of the illustrious triad of "High Gothic" or "Classical" French cathedrals built in the 13th century. Admire its masterpiece façade from the Middle Ages and then go inside to discover the many secrets of the church. Built on the site of an older church that was destroyed by fire in 1211, the Notre-Dame de Reims boasts an illustrious history and a magnificent interior of fine tapestries and interesting stained glass windows from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Get vital information about the cathedral in English from your knowledgeable guide. 

From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

9. From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

Explore one of the great wine-producing areas of France on a small group tour of the Champagne region. Sample the sparkling produce of this world-renowned area, such as the Champagne Taittinger, one of the last Champagne houses to be owned by the original family.  With varietals consisting of 50% pinot noir, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 35% chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of a Champagne-style in which chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard's production is supplemented by the contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in the Champagne region.  En route to Épernay, travel through the Marne Valley vineyards to meet the legendary monk Dom Pérignon who produced the most expensive wines of France in the 17th century and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Hautvillers Abbey. Visit Épernay, often referred to as the "Capital of Champagne Wine," where the main street appears like an exhibition of luxurious mansions housing illustrious Maisons de Champagne.  Discover some of the most prestigious names, including Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger and learn about the 100 kilometers of tunnels beneath the street. Take a break to enjoy lunch in one of several options in the city center during 1 hour of free time.  Next, take a guided tour and enjoy a tasting at the world-famous Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, its history is linked to famous figures such as the Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon I. Moët & Chandon Champagne has been sold to many important historical events, including the coronation of King Edward VII, the Cannes Film Festival, and the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Reims: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

10. Reims: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

Meet your personnal and friendly guide, hop-on the minivan and start the day with a sightseeing of Reims "city of coronations". 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 25 kings of France, and later tragic heart of the two world wars. During your drive, pass by famous Champagne Houses such as Pommery and Taittinger.  Enjoy a full tour of the prestigious Champagne House “Veuve Clicquot” as an introduction to the Champagne making process. You will get to enter the UNESCO chalk cellars that are amazingly deep and long. Savor a nice morning Champagne glass and prepare your palate for 10 Champagne wines tasted during the day! Drive through the Champagne vineyards and have a stop among the vines to enjoy explanations about the vine-growing process and also a wonderful scenery view of the Champagne region. Be welcomed in a restored Champagne house and take one more step towards the sparkling beverage world. Learn about the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop and a challenging blind tasting. Enjoy a traditional aperitif followed by a regional lunch with paired wines and Champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Get introduced to local products like baguette, Reims’ ham, Paté en croute, regional cheeses, pink biscuit, Ratafia and more. Appreciate the charming hillsides of Champagne and peek-behind-the-scenes of a family run boutique winery. Visit the traditional press, vat room and cellar of an authentic Champagne grower. Stroll down the cool cellar corridors and glance at the immense quantity of bottles slowly maturing. Enjoy several tastings of their best–seller “cuvees” and find the best values of Champagne! Your Champagne journey ends as your guide drives you back to the city of Reims to conclude your Champagne tour.

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What people are saying about Champagne-Ardenne

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,268 reviews

The day was amazing! It was my mums birthday and it was a treat for her. The location was amazing (needs to have a local taxi number where the train station is). The food and drink was divine and the hospitality was perfect!

Super ontvangen en een leuke tour door de champagne kelder. Na de tour een heerlijke proeverij van de champagnes, zeker een paar flessen mee naar huis.

Theo was an excellent tour guide with an excellent knowledge of Champagne, the region and history. Thank you Theo for making our day perfect.

It was great a great tour and Theo our guide was terrific. He was very nice and answered all our questions. It was great!

Jo was a fantastic guide! We learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves