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List of Champagne Tours in France

  • Updated December 13, 2023

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France seems to have it all—the renowned food, high-end couture, and breathtaking landscapes that entice visitors. But nestled amidst its scenic countryside is a region with a sparkling secret: Champagne.

With prestigious Maisons de Champagne such as Dom Pérignon and Ruinart and sprawling vineyards that stretch as far as your eyes can see, it’s a paradise for wine lovers. There is a lot to see and learn, so I definitely recommend a guided tour of the Champagne region especially if you’re visiting for the first time.

In this post, I’ve put together a list of champagne tours in France so you can plan your next champagne trip. This post covers some of the big champagne houses where it’s usually easier to schedule visits especially if you plan ahead. But we also cover first a few guided tours that will take you around to multiple champagne destinations without you needing to drive.

Guided Champagne Tours that Visit Multiple Wineries

If you want a guide that will take you around to multiple wineries on a small group tour, check out some of my top recommendations below.

Reims Afternoon Tour of Epernay Region & Family Growers

I am a big fan of smaller grower champagne producers, many of which are family owned. Many of these smaller producers aren’t set up to manage tastings in English, especially at the last minute. So if you aren’t set on visiting a particular champagne house, joining a tour with a group like this can drastically simplify your trip organization.

Champagne Day Trip from Paris with 6 Tastings + Reims Cathedral

One really convenient thing about Champagne unlike most other French wine regions is how close it is to Paris. If you don’t want to deal with navigating the train or a rental car on your own, you can join a tour group like this one and still get the chance to see and taste wine from multiple champagne houses.

Popular Champagne House Destinations for Winery Tours in Champagne France

Champagne Pommery in Reims

To start it off, visit Champagne Pommery in Reims. Visiting Champagne House is truly a unique place where you can explore the stunning and spectacular cellars. But beyond that, exploring the vicinity gives you a premium art exhibit experience. Think of being mesmerized by Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Things To Do:

Explore 18 kilometers of underground cellars. Gallo-Roman crayères are chalky pits interconnected with galleries. The crayères were carved more than 2,000 years ago. Walking into the cellars means learning the history behind the immense pits.

Visit the Villa Demoiselle. It’s a great way to appreciate Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles manifested in the Champagne House’s architecture, cabinetry, and decor. Visiting the Villa Demoiselle also allows you to discover different arts and crafts like stained glass windows as well as murals by French artisans.

Join a private Champagne tasting workshop. Pommery offers a Master Class that will teach you the secrets to making their Champagnes. You will experience the great cuvées of Maison Pommery with a sommelier: Pommery Apanage Brut, Pommery Grand Cru Royal Vintage, and Cuvée Louise Vintage.

Champagne Bollinger

champagne house tour france

Champagne Bollinger offers some of the best tours in Champagne France. What makes this Champagne House stand out is its magnificent façade in Aÿ. It is simply beautiful and comes with two staircases that serve as a division between the winery and the cellars.

But Bollinger is more than meets the eye. The Champagne House will give you unique experiences once you explore their cellars.

Wine tasting. Champagne Bollinger offers a unique wine-tasting experience featuring 5 different Champagnes. The friendly Champagne tour guides will walk you through Bollinger’s special and unique methods of wine-making.

Discover the cellars. When you go into the cellars, you’ll have to go through 6 kilometers of passageways but it’s worth it. In this section, there are 11 million bottles of Champagne being stored.

But what makes many visitors so fascinated about the cellars is that there are additional 750,000 magnums of reserve wine stored by the village of origin as well as vintage by vintage.

Fun fact: Those were wine bottles from 1830 that the Bollinger family had no idea were in the “hidden room” until 2010. An intern was tasked to clean up the cellars only to discover a stock of antique bottles concealed behind a wall of empty bottles.

Champagne Bollinger rarely opens their doors for visitation. You better book a month in advance, though. To check availability and rates, visit their website .

Champagne Le Gallais

Champagne Le Gallais

Champagne Le Gallais is a wine lover’s dream. Their La Terrasse Des Abbaye s (terrace) will give you a 180-degree view over the Champagne vineyards and the Château de Boursault and overlooks the Marne Valley. Most of the activities include Champagne tasting.

Their guided Champagne tours are perfect for workshops, team building, and even if you just want to explore around.

Indulge in wine tasting. You can enjoy three Champagnes while enjoying the panoramic view of the Marne Valley’s vineyard. This is a great way to really appreciate the lush in the Champagne region.

Have a look at the facilities. The guided tour will show you around the Champagne House’s facilities, including their modern pressing technique, tank room, and cellars. Included in the tour are three Champagne tastings.

Join a private masterclass. Do you want to be a Chef de Cave for a day? You can take part in their master class, which covers an introduction to winemaking as well as the secrets of their viticulture.

Plus, you can visit the Clos du Château de Boursault and taste the wine at various stages of production. This tour also gives you a tasting of three Champagnes.

Champagne Le Gallais’ master class reservation, however, is subject to validation. To check availability and rates, visit their website .

Billecart Salmon

Billecart Salmon

Located in the town of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Champagne Billecart-Salmon was born out of a wedded couple and has survived 7 generations that share the same passion for enology. One of the highlights of the family-owned Champagne House is its French-style garden and a 100-year-old horse chestnut tree.

From exploring the vineyards and cellars to tasting their finest wines, Billecart -Salmon is one of the best venues for Champagne tours in Champagne France.

Explore Clos Saint Hilaire. This is the cuvée de prestige and one of Billecart-Salmon’s most popular plots. Most of the grape varietals grown here are vinified to make their most exclusive cuvées.

Tour the estate. You can start by visiting their cellars and exploring their Champagnes which are fermented in oak barrels and steel tanks. In cellars, you’ll also get to see the Le Clos Saint-Hilaire being fermented in a center-stage position.

Explore the chalky tunnels. For many who have visited Billecart-Salmon, the most exciting part of the tour is the chalk tunnels. The tunnels were built in the 17th century, which adds a sense of history to the overall experience.

You might feel a somewhat somber ambiance as you walk through the tunnels since it is dimly lit and chilly. But it is exactly this unique atmosphere that makes it fascinating.

Wine tasting. You can’t end the tour without tasting Billecart-Salmon Champagne. The family has a summer house where you can taste their creations. You can start with lighter wines and build up to heavier wines that stay on the palate. During wine tasting, you’ll also get to learn about the different grape varieties they use.

That said, not everyone is lucky enough to book a tour with Billecart-Salmon. Champagne tours are available upon request and you may need to book it 6 months ahead, so good luck!

To check their rates and slots, visit their website .

Best Day Tours in Champagne France

Canard-duchêne.

Canard-Duchêne

Canard-Duchêne lies in the heart of the Reims Mountain vineyard. Visiting the Champagne House and discovering their wines’ distinct characteristics are a great retreat if you opt for a Champagne day tour.

A true embodiment of oenotourism, one of the best things (at least, in my book) about paying a visit to the Champagne House of Canard-Duchêne is the full-life yoga classes offered. But there is so much more to enjoy beyond that.

Explore the estate by electric bike. This is a good way to appreciate nature and its blessings. Go on an adventure with an electric bike and love on the lush of Ludes. You’ll be able to witness the beauty of the first Cru village situated in the heart of the grapevines on the Reims Mountain hillsides.

Following the bike ride, you will get served with 2 flutes of Champagne. After that, a tour guide will walk you through the cellars to learn about their terroir and the iconic Pinot Noir grape variety. Included in the tour is also a guide on the secrets of crafting their cuvées.

Enjoy aperitif boards. If you’re going on a group tour, this would be perfect. The boars are ensembled with delicious, sweet, and salty delights that pair well with your bubbly of choice.

It’s sort of like a picnic, but with prized wines with friends under the canopy of trees of the Domaine while the sun and a light breeze kiss your face.

Recharge. Canard-Duchêne offers yoga classes that help you reconnect with nature. It’s done in their magnificent centenary park, in a beautiful panorama between vines and forests. After the calming moment, you can enjoy the taste of their BIO P181 cuvée.

Discover more. Like different flower species and how they relate to the floral notes or bouquets or aromas of wines. It’s a rare opportunity in winery exploration in the Champagne region but you will learn a lot. You’ll discover the different varieties of edible flowers.

Currently, the Champagne House of Canard-Duchên is offering these summer activities by slot. To check availability and reserve a Champagne day tour, visit their website .

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot in France

When it comes to luxury wines, Veuve Clicquot is one of the first Champagnes that comes to mind. It should also be on top of your list of Champagne tours in France.

Visiting the family estate is a unique experience. The Champagne House offers different tours from learning about the different winemaking methods to visiting their Unesco World Heritage-listed cellars to having a gastronomic picnic, and more.

Visit Maison Veuve Clicquot’s historic cellars . This is a great way to learn about the Champagne House’s 250 years of history. Harness your creativity and visit the Les Crayères, which are Unesco World Heritage-listed cellars.

During this tour, you will also learn about the unique French know-how of making Veuve Cliquot’s Brut Yellow Label Champagne. The wine is made from a special blend of reserve wines and represents the solaire personality through its iconic yellow label.

Discover the art behind the ​​blended Rosé Champagne. Just like the Brut Yellow Label Champagne, you can also learn about the unique savoir-faire behind Veuve Clicquot’s Rosé Champagne. This wine offers a burst of floral aromas that the most discerning wine enthusiasts love.

Included in the tour is a visit to Les Crayères and wine tasting. You can even request a charcuterie board to pair your wine.

Learn about the story of Madame Clicquot. Madame Clicquot was a 27-year-old woman who took over the House after her husband died in 1805 and went on to create the first vintage champagne in 1810. She also pioneered the riddling table and created Veuve Clicquot’s first blended Rosé Champagne.

(I’m not going to turn this into a spoiler alert, so just pay a visit if you can!)

On this tour, you can visit the Crayères and have a taste of their iconic Brut Yellow Label cuvée in Magnum and prestige cuvée La Grande Dame.

Take on a picnic at Parc du Manoir de Verzy. Seems like taking a picnic with an overlooking view only happens in movies sometimes. Well, the Maison Veuve Clicquot offers a picnic “rosé together” where you can savor a delicious gourmet meal and wine pairings on the lovely grounds of Parc du Manoir de Verzy.

To check their rates and availability, visit their website .

La Maison Mumm

La Maison Mumm

The Champagne House of G.H. Mumm lies in the beautiful city of Reims. If you’re staying in a convenient location and want to take a day Champagne tour in France, G.H. Mumm is easily accessible. The House offers unforgettable experiences that make visitors keep coming back.

Spend time in the G.H. Mumm’s cellars. There is so much history and tradition to learn here. In the underground chalky caves, you will learn everything about the house’s winemaking techniques and centuries-old artifacts and history through their museum exhibit.

Visit the Champagne tasting room and enjoy your choice of cuvée. If you book the Grand Cru Experience, you can have two tastings of their RSRV cuvées.

Visit the Foujita Chapel. This chapel was built in the 1960s and designed by Tsuguharu Foujita, a painter from Japan. He was also the designer of Mumm’s iconic Brut Rosé cap. Because of this, René Lalou, who ran Maison G.H. Mumm at the time, rewarded him with a land plot near the house Foujita’s chapel.

The chapel visit includes a tasting of the reserve Rosé Foujita cuvée, which is exclusively offered in French or in Japanese.

To check rates and availability, visit their website .

Private Day Champagne Tour in France

Dom pérignon.

Dom Pérignon

A true pioneer in winemaking, Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk and cellar master, was the man behind the sparkling wines loved by Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill. In fact, he is credited as the inventor of the effervescent wine.

Maison Dom Pérignon is a spectacular house in the Hautvillers near Éperney. It is one of the most prestigious and well-celebrated Champagne houses in the Champagne region, so it is something you may want to include in your Champagne Day tour if you plan to visit France soon.

Get your first stop at the Abbey of Abbatiale. This is where Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried. Visiting his final resting place is a great way to pay tribute and learn about the man’s story and the brand’s rich history.

Take on a tour through Dom Pérignon’s cellars. You may explore Napoleon’s cellar, which is the cellar master’s dedicated locker. During this tour, you’ll discover more about the history of the creation of the Maison’s fine wines. You can learn about the aging process of the bottles, how vintages are made, and a lot more.

Visit the garden courtyard. Taking a stroll on their garden courtyards includes tasting some of their finest wines.

Visit the cave and cellars. What makes this tour amazing is that as you go down the historic cave and cellars, you’ll be greeted with gorgeous stained glasses. In the cellars, you’ll find thousands of dusty bottles, arranged in row after row of shelves.

You’ll also see a sign of dedication by Napoleon, who was a huge Dom Pérignon Champagne fan. And did you know that the cellar was used during World War I? That is one of the fascinating facts you can learn when you visit the cellars.

Maison Dom Pérignon is currently not open for public visits, but you can book a private tour with third-party sites.

Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon is basically an empire that owns several luxury goods brands including Champagne Dom Pérignon. Nestled in Épernay, the Champagne House boasts a rich history that is worth learning about. 

Besides their luxurious wines, there are several ways to explore this magnificent Maison. From walking through their cellars and terroirs to Champagne tastings, a private tour of the Maison Moët & Chandon is a great way to spend quality time in Champagne France.

Have a taste of their Moët Imperial and Moët Vintage Champagnes. Explore the cellars and taste Moët & Chandon’s signature wines. On this tour, you’ll discover how to make those champagnes. You should be able to tell the distinctions between the two wines.

Experience the imperial moment. This tour will walk you through the largest Champagne cellar guided by the Maison Ambassador. During the guided tour, you will learn about two facets of the Moët & Chandon style: white and rosé. This means you’ll also get to taste their Moët Imperial and Rosé Imperial champagnes.

Taste their “Grand Vintage” champagnes. Such Moët & Chandon’s wine classification represents one exceptional year. On this tour, you’ll be taken to a private tasting lounge and taste the Maison ”Grand Vintage” Champagnes blanc and rosé.

Discover the secrets of à la Volée disgorgement. Taking on this cellar tour is a great way to experience the Maison hospitality. You get to see cellarman’s spectacular exhibition of an ancestral champagne savoir-faire disgorgement, à la Volée.

You can also enjoy two vintage cuvées that have been aging in the cellar for 14 years. You will also be treated to a third Grand Vintage tasting.

Take a stroll through the vineyards. Drive through Champagne vineyards with breathtaking views. You can then visit the private area of Fort Chabrol to immerse yourself in the region’s biodiversity. Then, enjoy a glass of Grand Vintage, Grand Vintage Rosé. Driving through the champagne countryside (before drinking, not after!) is one of my favorite things to do because the vineyards are so beautiful.

Walk the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. You can take your own self-guided tour by spending a day exploring the Avenue de Champagne. On this street, multiple champagne houses are located close to each other and you can walk between them to do tastings. Just remember to check about scheduling the tastings in advance in case they are busy.

To check the rates and availability of their private tours, visit their website .

How Many Days Do You Need in Champagne France?

It depends on how many wineries you want to visit and the time you want to spend exploring the Champagne region. But you can plan 2 to 3 days for a wine-focused tour. This number of days should be enough to visit the picturesque vineyards and even visit other towns and get to know the locals.

What Is the Most Famous Champagne House?

Moët & Chandon is the most famous Champagne House in the world. It’s the co-owner of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton or LVMH, which sells luxury goods, and also the owner of Dom Perignon. Moët was founded in 1743 and one of its best-selling wines was Brut Imperial, which was introduced to the market in the 1980s.

Is the Champagne Region of France Worth Visiting?

Anyone that has visited the Champagne region would highly recommend exploring the vineyards and cellars. It’s a lush region and full of history, which makes it a wine lover’s dream. You can always take a side tour when you are in Paris.

What Is the Best Season To Visit Champagne?

Summer is the perfect time to explore this region. It’s the best time to stroll through the vineyards, however, it can be crowded during this season. If you want to avoid the crowd, visit around springtime. This time brings mild temperatures and you can explore the blooming vineyards.

You can also visit during the harvest season around August and September to see grapes being picked. If you visit the region during this time period, you get to see the fruit harvest and the starting point of Champagne production. The vineyards also change to stunning gold and crimson shades, creating a picturesque setting.

Final Thoughts

Exploring France’s Champagne region will leave you with fond memories and a deeper love and appreciation for the art of winemaking. So, pack your stuff, book that flight, and take a tour of one of the best Champagne Houses on our list.

If you have more questions about the tours, we’ve added links to their website or you can reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help you.

Victoria M.

Victoria M.

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By: James lawrence / Last updated: July 26, 2023

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Champagne is perhaps the most famous and misunderstood of France’s great wine regions. East of Paris, these hallowed vineyards have been making wine since early Roman times. However, throughout the majority of Champagne’s history, nothing sparkled. By the early 16th century, still, wines from the village of Aÿ were said to be “the drink of kings and princes.” But no one expected or even dreamed that these lean and acidic red and white wines could be transformed into a sparkling luxury icon. In the 17th century, the first bubbles appeared, and not until the 19th century did Champagne become associated internationally with upmarket fizz.

Best Champagne houses to visit

Of course, the contemporary versions of ancient kings and princes take Champagne’s sparkling status for granted. From the outset, Champagne has been blessed with an abundance of skilled marketers and self-promoters. Their job was to ensure that the rich and famous regarded Champagne as the de rigueur choice for luxury celebrations bar none. Yet even long-established Champagne acolytes could rarely tell you anything of interest about the region itself. Until recently, Champagne has been very reticent about opening its doors to the public.

Champagne Wine Tour

Champagne Wine Tour

Indeed, the Champagne houses have been historically more successful at keeping invaders out than welcoming enthusiasts into their cellars. The owners of Pol Roger love to tell this anecdote from the Second World War: in their cellar in Epernay , there is a hallowed space used to store the best and rarest old vintages. When the Germans were advancing east across France in the 1940s, the staff at Pol Roger quickly bricked the cellar up. But, realizing that the German army were no fools, they artificially distressed the brickwork to make it look like it had been there for hundreds of years. Game, set, and match for Champagne.

However, today’s visitors will likely be shown the ancient vault rather than be duped into thinking it contains disused bottle caps. The Champenoise have willingly embraced tourism recently, waking up to the fact that today’s connoisseur wants to learn more. There is enough ‘kit’ in 21st-century Champagne to welcome even the fussiest of sybarites: luxury hotels, Michelin-starred kitchens, and plush visitor centers and tasting rooms are part of a Champagne Wine Tour. The catalyst for this change of heart is no secret: the major brands saw their compatriots in Bordeaux welcome tourists to great success and realized that the winds had to change. The following producers are rich in history and quality, a fitting emblem of Champagne’s eternal appeal.

Moet & Chandon

Moet & Chandon

Any visit to Champagne has to begin with its most ardent and successful marketeer. Moet & Chandon is undoubtedly not only one of Champagne’s most recognized brands, but it’s also one of the world’s most famous wine brands. Millions upon millions of bottles are enjoyed yearly, not to detract from the extraordinary quality and consistency.

The house was founded by Claude Moet in 1743 and has since grown into the largest producer in Champagne. His successor Jean-Remy Moet was a marketing genius who took full advantage of his friendship with Napoleon. Indeed, every owner has left an indelible mark on this house, none more so than Comte Robert-Jean de Vogue, who released the iconic prestige cuvee Dom Perignon in 1936. Today the house is owned by luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which is only to Moet’s advantage. They have built the most impressive visitor center and boutique in Champagne, with an extensive tour of the house’s history and a luxurious tasting room. It cannot be missed.

website : www.moet.com

phone : +33 (0)3 26 51 20 20

email : [email protected]

address : 20 avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay

** visits by reservation only **

domaine-pommery

Like Veuve Clicquot , Pommery owes its incredible history to the might and determination of just one woman. The house was created in 1836 and soon came under the control of Louis Alexandre Pommery. However, after only two years, he died, so it was left to Madame Pommery to turn the house into a massive success. Fortunately, she stepped into her husband’s shoes and did a far better job!

Her achievements are numerous but include building an extraordinary cellar and winery. Madame Pommery also pioneered the drier Brut style of Champagne when most houses were slavishly, making sweeter styles popular in the 19th century. Over the decades, this grand house’s ownership has changed several times; LVMH controlled Pommery briefly, as did the industrialist Xavier Gardinier. Today its stewardship rests with Vranken, who is doing a fine job. The quality across the range is remarkably consistent, and the house welcomes visitors with open arms. The fascinating Gallo-Roman chalk quarries and a contemporary art exhibit complement the gorgeous and ornate architecture of the main buildings.

website : www.champagnepommery.com

phone : +33(0)3.26.61.62.56

address : 5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims

ruinart

Ruinart is not a house that courts much fuss or publicity. Part of the LVMH empire, Ruinart, has always been more ‘discrete’ than Moet or Veuve Clicquot. Aimed squarely at luxury restaurants and independent retailers, these are gastronomic Champagnes for the long haul.

The house is reportedly the oldest in Champagne; Ruinart was created in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. After Louis XV legalized wine sales in bottles, the house flourished and established a lucrative market in nearby Paris. However, their initial business was in the linen trade; the gesture of presenting bottles of Champagne as a goodwill token eventually became Ruinart’s primary source of income. After some savvy marketing, the house counted Empress Josephine among its loyal clientele. Indeed, Ruinart’s history is as rich as its signature Blanc de Blancs cuvee. When the company’s buildings were destroyed in the 20th century, Andre Ruinart transferred his business underground and established a base of operations in the chalk cellars. This house has known good fortune and adversity in equal measure – all the better for the curious visitor. LVMH has invested significant resources into creating a warm and hospitable environment for wine tourism, complete with a spectacular courtyard and tasting room.

website : www.ruinart.com

phone : +33 (0)3 26 77 51 51

address : 4 Rue de Crayères, 51100 Reims

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot

Few Champagne lovers aren’t familiar with Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow label. Like Moet & Chandon, the brand is owned by the luxury goods group LVMH; however, Clicquot has forged an identity and path that is quite distinct from its competitors. Although Clicquot’s Champagnes are made in quite generous volumes, the quality across the range has remained impeccably high. For this, we must thank ex-cellar master Dominique Demarville, who raised the bar to new levels during his tenure. The prestige cuvee ‘La Grand Dame’ has never been as desirable as today.

Veuve dates back to the 18th century, founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot Murion. His son Francois married the daughter of a famous baron – the now legendary Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who ran the business after Francois died. Her incredible skill and business savvy turned Veuve Clicquot into one of Europe’s most recognized luxury brands, a legacy LVMH maintains today. Thankfully, an unparalleled treasure trove of historical artifacts relating to her legacy has been kept at the Maison, in addition to a surfeit of historical documents. This wealth of memorabilia and contemporary facilities are just two reasons why Clicquot is one of Champagne’s top visitor destinations.

website : www.veuveclicquot.com

phone : +33 (0)3 26 89 53 90

address : 1 Place des Droits de l’Homme, 51100 Reims

taittinger

Taittinger is a gift to history lovers. Their ancient cellars at Place St-Nicaise contain elements of the 13th-century St-Nicaise Abbey, which has hosted – among others – the Russian Tsar Peter the Great in the 18th century. Today it is used to age Taittinger’s prestige cuvee – Comtes de Champagne. This Blanc de Blancs is routinely considered among the finest Chardonnay in the world. Imagine Montrachet. Now add bubbles.

Such magnificence was born in 1743 when Jacques Fourneaux founded Taittinger under his name. The house thrived under his control, yet Fourneaux’s successors decided to sell it to Pierre Taittinger in 1932. The family has run this venerable house ever since bar a brief period when Starwood Capital owned Taittinger. The house owns several ornate and grandiose chateaux, including the Chateau de la Marquetterie and their beautiful residence in Reims . But Taittinger is no stickler for just tradition: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger was one of the first pioneers to invest in sparkling wine production in England. Their ancient cellars and beautiful premises ensure that Taittinger cannot be excluded from any Champagne itinerary.

website : www.taittinger.com

phone : +33 (0)3 26 85 84 33

address : 9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims

champagne-mercier

Mercier is head of the curve; this venerable house welcomed visitors long before Champagne became trendy. It remains one of the most popular attractions in the region: the architecturally splendid winery was constructed on one level with direct access to the railway. Today it welcomes connoisseurs from all corners of the globe, who enjoy a guided train tour through the 18-kilometer cellar network. Mercier wrote the book on educating and entertaining Champagne lovers.

But the firm’s history is just as impressive as its contemporary sheen: the house was founded in 1858 by Eugene Mercier, who decided to merge five producers into one major brand. A born marketeer and natural showman, Mercier is famously remembered for using 24 oxen to haul a gargantuan cask of Champagne through Paris’s streets in the late 19th century. The spirit and legacy of Eugene are alive and well today.

website : www.champagnemercier.com

address : 68-70, avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay

phone : +33 (0)3 26 51 22 22.

Jacques Selosse

jacques-selosse

Anselme Selosse is a living legend. He turned the concept of grower Champagne – as opposed to a Grande Marques – into a luxury commodity and not merely a local curiosity. Indeed, collectors will pay handsome sums for Selosse’s range of low-yield, biodynamic Champagnes. They are staggeringly complex and full-bodied – Anselme himself regards them as the ultimate gastronomic wine pairing.

But there is another reason to love Selosse. In 2008, the family purchased the Bricout-Koch castle and cellars and decided to move in. They spent vast sums turning the dilapidated castle into a fairytale boutique hotel and restaurant. The ‘Les Avises’ kitchen is one of the finest in the Cote de Blancs – guests often leave with a few bottles of Selosse as welcome mementos as if you needed another excuse to visit!

address : 59, rue de Cramant, 51190 Avize

phone : (33) 326 577 006

** hotel guest only **

de-sousa-champagne

This small, family-run house offers a very different experience to the lavish hospitality of the Grande Marques. There are no luxurious tasting rooms, no multi-million dollar winery designed by Frank Gehry. Yet De Sousa has charm in abundance. For a start, each visitor receives a warm welcome from the owner himself: husband and wife team Erick and Michelle started the brand in 1986. The chalk cellars located directly below the village of Avize are a spectacular introduction to the mysteries of grower Champagne. After an extended tour, you can expect a detailed exploration of each cuvee produced by this sorely underrated grower. The family owns over 8 hectares of prime vineyards in Avize, Aÿ, Oger, Mesnil, and Chouilly. Farming biodynamically, Erick prides himself on cultivating parcels of old vines that lend the Champagnes a complex, earthy minerality. Tasting the range in De Sousa’s magnificent old cellars is a rare treat and should not be missed.

website : www.champagnedesousa.com

address : 12 Place Léon Bourgeois, 51190 Avize

phone : +33 (0)3 26 57 53 29

gh-mumm

Another of the region’s most famous and iconic houses, GH Mumm, was founded in 1827 by three brothers and their two business associates. Its signature label, NV Brut’ Cordon Rouge’, was launched in 1876 and remains one of the world’s most recognized brands. The firm was confiscated during the First World War by the Germans and subsequently changed hands several times in the last century before being acquired by international corporation Pernod Ricard. Its reputation as a genuinely great Grande Marque took over 160 years to build and has been lovingly maintained by its current owner. They’ve invested significant resources into creating a visitor experience worthy of the brand. Explore the ancient cellars before marveling at the delightful church ‘Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix,’ decorated by the painter Léonard Foujita. The house boasts a long association with Foujita and recently unveiled a special cuvee in his honor. Champagne and art come alive at GH Mumm.

website : www.mumm.com

address : 34 rue du Champs de Mars – BP 2712, 51053 Reims Cedex

phone : 03 26 49 59 70

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Larmandier-Bernier

Larmandier-Bernier

The Larmandier family are stringent devotees of biodynamic viticulture. No man arguably understands the terroir of the Cote de Blancs with more depth and nuance than Pierre Larmandier. His ancestors have been making Champagne since the French Revolution; Pierre carries on the family tradition of producing high-quality, terroir-driven Champagnes in the Burgundy mold. They are a passionate family, which comes shining through in any bespoke visit to the premises. After a cellar tour, Pierre will drive you through his biodynamically-farmed plots before returning to taste their range of superlative Champagnes. Vieille Vigne de Cramant is an extremely rare Blanc de Blancs made from old vines in the village of Cramant. It is rarely seen outside France, so any opportunity to taste this refined and exquisite Champagne cannot be passed up.

website : larmandier.fr

address : 9 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 51130 Blancs-Coteaux

phone : +33 (0)3 26 52 13 24

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There has never been a better time to visit Champagne. The region’s hotels, restaurants and visitor experiences are finally catching up to the reputation of the wines themselves.

There’s plenty to see around Reims and Épernay, both possible as day trips from Paris on the train, although it’s certainly worth getting out into the villages to escape the tour groups.

Top tips for visiting Champagne producers

Book in advance, preferably by at least two weeks, and make sure to call if you’re going to be more than a few minutes late. Bear in mind that the roads can be deceptively slow when the tractors are out during the summer months!

Lunch closures are sacred (including for car hire companies in Reims and Épernay), and don’t forget to check for when the numerous public holidays might fall.

Smaller producers are often more reluctant to take visitors during peak times of vineyard work (late June, July and around harvest), and all but the largest houses effectively shut down in August.

If you have the chance to do a little research into the house before you visit you’ll be rewarded. It’s always worth remembering that many smaller producers do not have dedicated staff for greeting guests and doing tours so are taking time out of busy days to share their work. Many smaller growers will not be able to sell you wine because their stocks are fully allocated, although Reims and Épernay have some excellent bottle shops where you might be able to find the wines. Despite this, fees for visits are generally reasonable compared to many other wine regions.

The top Champagne houses to visit:

Ruinart , reims.

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Descend into the centuries-old chalk mine caverns at Ruinart. Credit: ruinart.com

Seeing the Gallo-Roman crayères of Reims is essential. Many of the finest of these ancient chalk mines, repurposed for Champagne storage during the 18th and 19th centuries, lie under a hill to the south of the city, so take a taxi or public transport from the centre (or walk for about 40 minutes from the train station). Ruinart, one of the oldest houses in the region, is one of the most atmospheric to visit, with its beautifully maintained house and garden. Its carefully curated tours end with tastings of the house’s supremely elegant Chardonnay-focused cuvées.

Cellar tours £65/€75 per person, with a tasting of two cuvées. Champagne brunch £70/€80 per person, weekends only by reservation.

4 Rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims, France

+33 3 26 77 51 52

GH Mumm , Reims

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Maison Mumm. Credit: www.mumm.com

For a more accessible introduction to Champagne in Reims, head to Mumm’s historic house for a popular tour of its extensive cellars as well of some of its quirkier projects (such as the first bottle of Champagne in space). It’s worth booking on the Grand Cru Experience to make sure you get a taste of the fine and elegant RSRV range, showcasing some of this important house’s renewed efforts with wines from grand cru villages and lengthy lees ageing. During the summer months Mumm also offers a series of unique experiences at weekends, including the thought-provoking sensory tasting and Champagne and cheese pairing.

Discovery Experience £30/€35 per person Grand Cru Experience £43/€50 per person Taste Encounters £65/€75 per person

34 Rue du Champ de Mars, 51100 Reims, France

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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils , Cuis

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The beautiful village of Cuis. Credit: www.champagne-gimonnet.com

Visiting independent growers is an essential part of any Champagne itinerary. Many of them work very small, localised parcels of vineyards, but at Gimmonet (one of the larger growers in the region) you can get to know a whole sub-region of Champagne: the northern Côte des Blancs, home of some of Champagne’s greatest Chardonnay. These are impeccably crisp, pure wines which present a vivid picture of the chalky slopes between Cuis and Oger. It’s best to book a visit in advance, although this is one of the rare growers that has published opening hours. After your visit, head down into the Côte des Blancs to find warm welcomes from producers such as Champagnes Lancelot-Pienne, Diebolt-Vallois, Delamotte, Franck Bonville, Doyard and Larmandier-Bernier.

1 Rue de la République, 51530 Cuis, France

+33 3 26 59 78 70

Moussé Fils , Cuisles

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In the vineyards with the chickens at Champagne Moussé Fils. Credit: www.champagnemousse.fr

Heading west from Épernay, the Marne Valley is home to some of Champagne’s most charming landscapes. Gently folding hills and woodland replace the uniform carpets of vineyards found around the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, and the Pinot Meunier grape is king. There is none of Champagne’s famous chalk near the surface here – the Pinot Meunier grape thrives on the argile verte or green clay of the local area. With its impeccable vineyard work and an off-grid, sustainable winery full of unique innovations, Cedric Moussé’s family domaine in Cuisles is a top place to explore. You may even get to meet Moussé’s chickens or flock of vineyard sheep.

3 Rue de Jonquery, 51700 Cuisles, France

+33 3 26 58 10 80

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Drappier , Urville

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In the Drappier vineyards. Credit: www.champagne-drappier.com

Most visitors to Champagne arrive from Paris or the north of France, and miss out on the Côte des Bar region, 90 minutes drive south of Reims. From the stunning medieval town of Troyes (and nearby Chardonnay village Montgueux) to the rolling landscapes which are more naturalistic than the north, with farmland, woodland and pasture all cohabiting, the Côte des Bar is a now a hotbed of independent Champagne producers, many of which have moved on from selling their Pinot Noir grapes to the larger houses. Family-run Drappier is the key Champagne house of the south, with a lineup of naturally expressive, gastronomic Champagnes that champion Pinot Noir on the Kimmeridgian limestone that’s also found in Chablis.

Visit and tasting £18/€20, by appointment.

Rue des Vignes, 10200 Urville, France

+ 33 (0)3 25 27 40 15

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The cellars at Ayala. Credit: www.champagne-ayala.fr

Aÿ is one of Champagne’s most important grand cru villages, sitting opposite Épernay in the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Its Pinot Noir has been renowned for centuries, although the house of Ayala (sister house of better-known Aÿ stalwart Bollinger) works increasingly with Chardonnay to create attractively delicate, refreshing Champagnes. Sitting at the top of the village, the property boasts a terrace with superb views, so make sure to book a Prestige Visit (€40). Deeply atmospheric and beautifully lit cellars lie beneath the house, and the lineup of wines is increasingly impressive, especially the Blanc de Blancs and Perle d’Ayala.

Prestige Visit £35/€40

1 Rue Edmond de Ayala, 51160 Aÿ, France

+33 (0)3 26 55 15 44

Gosset , Épernay

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Maison Gosset. Credit: www.champagne-gosset.com

Épernay’s grand Avenue de Champagne is the region’s most famous street, but aside from Moët & Chandon and Perrier-Jouët, it is not furnished with as many top-notch visitor experiences as one might expect. Gosset, one of Champagne’s oldest houses based in Aÿ, now owns a fine property in the south of the town, set in a two-hectare park. Book a guided tasting of the house’s invigoratingly dry, taut Champagnes together with a visit into the chalk cellars beneath the domaine. There’s also a bar and terrace for an informal drink. If you’re on a day trip without a car it’s about a 30 minute walk to the picturesque vineyards of Pierry and Moussy. Alternatively, head to Champagne Alfred Gratien in the town centre for a contrast in Champagne styles.

+33 3 26 56 99 56

12 Rue Godart Roger, 51200 Épernay, France

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7 BEST Tours of Champagne Houses in Reims France in 2024

Last updated on November 6th, 2023 at 06:16 pm

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Trying to decide which Champagne Houses in Reims to visit?

You’re in the right place because the 7 best tours of Champagne Houses in Reims to visit are all featured here.

As I’ve lived in France since 2016 , I’ve indulged in my fair share of champagne tastings and spent time in the region, so you’re in good hands.

6 Wine Glasses and a bottle of champagne sat on a wooden table out in the vines in Champagne

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Hands down my favourite champagne tour was this full-day experience in Reims . Loved being picked up from my hotel and chauffeured around. Plus, the lunch was

Reims is the birthplace of Champagne and is the capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region. It’s where the champagne magic happens.

And “Champagne” is highly regulated. To earn this prestigious label, the sparkling wine must be produced within a strict geographical boundary, which is just about a 100-mile radius around this region

Reims is also full of history. The Notre Dame Cathedral, for instance, has witnessed the coronation of several French kings.

And if you’re into World War I history, sites like the Fort de la Pompelle offer a sobering but important look into the past. 

Taking a private tour of one of the Champagne Houses will help you experience the history for yourself by getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the cellars and more. So let’s get to it.

My Top 3 Picks: Champagne Houses in Reims

A full day champagne tour with lunch.

✅ Paris Hotel pickup and drop-off

✅ Cellar Tours & Tastings

✅ 3 Course Lunch

A lit underground wine cellar in one of the champagne houses in Reims with lots of champagne bottles lined up and stacked

Gold Champagne Experience with 12 Tastings

✅ Gourmet champagne Lunch

✅ Tasting of Grand Cru Champagnes

✅ Visit to Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

3 Women holding champagne glasses stood in front of an orange veuve cliquot sign at the winery

Tour and Tasting at Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

✅ Tour and tasting at Veuve Clicquot

✅ Visit a local family estate for a tour & tasting

✅ Visit Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral

BEST Champagne Houses in Reims France in 2024

1. a full day champagne tour with lunch.

Start your full-day Champagne Tour off in style and get picked up from your hotel in Paris and driven to Reims.

⭐️ RATING: 4.8 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  11 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

WHY YOU’LL WANT TO BOOK THIS TOUR

This Champagne tour of Reims is the perfect combination of history and culture . Not only will you get to visit one of the grand champagne houses for a tour and tasting, but you’ll also explore the city of Reims, where French kings were once crowned.

The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, as well as having a significant role in French history. 

Depending on availability, you’ll be hosted at Mercier, Nicolas Feuillatte, or Veuve Clicquot and visit the cellars to enjoy several champagne tasting sessions .

A three-course lunch at a local restaurant will give you a taste of regional cuisine. Throughout the day, your guide will explain the various grape types, the local terroir, and the factors that make champagne so popular.

After lunch, you’ll visit a smaller, select family estate for a more detailed look at champagne production . Here, you’ll gain insight into the history and craft behind the renowned sparkling wine.

The tour wraps up with a return to your hotel, leaving you with a comprehensive understanding of champagne production and the region’s heritage.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID

Fantastic day with a superb host. The two tours of the champagne houses were really interesting and we got to have great champagne, followed by a sublime lunch – just a pervasive day. Can’t recommend Gwendal enough – he made the day!! LAUREN (read more reviews )

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2. Gold Champagne Experience with 12 Tastings

Discover the most renowned Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages and vineyards of Champagne with this Gold Champagne Experience .

Who doesn’t want to try 12 different champagnes on a tour of the champagne region ? Starting in Reims, you’ll discover Aÿ, Hautvillers and Oger, visit the Church of Dom Pérignon and take a trip down the most expensive street in the world, Avenue de Champagne.

In Aÿ, you’ll stand in the hillsides classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco and its Grand Cru vineyards. Here, you’ll have your first three tastings from the Goyard Distillery, founded in 1911.

Then it’s onto Hautvillers, with panoramic views of the vineyards and home to the monk, Dom Pérignon. Here, you’ll go to the first of two family estates, hear about the champagne production process, and visit the presses, wineries and cellars. And, of course, enjoy three more champagne tastings .

Lunch is in the historic village of Cramant, where you’ll enjoy eating at a local restaurant to enjoy some of the cuisine enjoyed by those working in the vines.

You’ll finish the day in Oger at the second family estate, where you’ll enjoy tasting Grand Cru Champagnes .

Great guide and very knowledgeable, very pleasant and respectful, Charlotte was a star. Learnt a lot about small champagne farms which was fantastic and tasted some amazing champagnes, we also no learnt a lot about the science behind and the technicalities as such, great day and also shared with other fun tourists. TASHA (Read more Reviews )

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3. Tour and Tasting at Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

6 Wine Glasses and a bottle of champagne sat on a wooden table out in the vines in Champagne

Your tour includes a visit to the famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot !

⭐️ RATING: 4.7 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  8.5 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

Reims is not only the city of champagne but also of coronations, and your full-day tour starts by exploring this historic city, including a visit to the Gothic cathedral where so many French kings were crowned.

Then, it’s off to the famous Veuve Clicquot Champagne Estate for a tour of the cellars and a tasting of the iconic champagne .

After lunch, it’s time to explore the vineyards of Montagne de Reims and a chance to take some pictures in the vines. Your guide will help you understand all there is to know about the process of making champagne and the importance of ‘terroir’ in cultivating grapes as you drive through the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Mailly.

Finally, you’ll visit a family-run estate to see how the smaller champagne houses do things and enjoy more tastings before heading home.

We had the most wonderful time on this trip. HIGHLY recommend our guide, Radames. Will be recommending this experience!! LIBBY (read more reviews )

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4. Maison de Champagne Tour & Tasting

An underground cellar at a champagne house with lighting and lots of bottle stacked in pyramids

Your all-inclusive tour includes tours and tastings at Maison de Champagne Boizel and 2 family-run wineries.

⭐️ RATING: 4.9 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  9 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

Starting in Reims, you’ll drive along the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay , the capital of Champagne. Here, you’ll find some of the most prestigious estates including, Jouët, Mercier, Boizel, Moët & Chandon.

First up, is a visit to the Grande Maison de Champagne Boizel for a tour and tasting and to enjoy finding out about the process of how champagne is made.

Then, it’s off to the village of Hautviller to take in the views of Unesco World Heritage Champagne vines and to go to the burial place of the famous Dom Pérignon .

From here, you’ll visit another champagne house to learn about the different aromas and flavours found in Champagne. Then, put your newfound knowledge to the test with a quick, fun competition to see if you can identify three different champagnes blindfolded .

Enjoy a traditional lunch with paired wines and champagnes. Then it’s time for your final visit to a family-run estate where you’ll see the traditional press, tank room and cellar. Finish the day with several tastings of their best–seller “cuvees” .

This tour is definitely a great experience during a trip to the Champagne region! It was great to see the differences between the large and small, private champagne houses. It was a great value, you get to taste a lot of champagne on this tour and learn a great deal in a fun way. We were very happy with this tour and wouldn’t change anything. Our guide was great, knowledgeable and personable! SALLY (read more reviews )

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5. Champagne Day Trip with 6 Tastings

A statue of the monk Dom Perignon who invented champagne, against a cream brick wall

Time for some sightseeing on this tour & tasting trip to the Champagne region in France.

⭐️ RATING: 4.8 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  8 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

On this full-day sightseeing tour of Reims , you’ll experience one of my favourite champagnes, Champagne Pommery. But that’s not all, as you’ll also spend some time in Épernay and see some of the stunning mansions lining the streets. Y

ou’ll learn all about the 100 kilometres of tunnels beneath the streets and running under the Avenue de Champagne. 

Take a look at some of the biggest names in champagne, including Moët & Chandon , Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger.

Then it’s off to meet the legendary Dom Pérignon, who produced the most expensive wines in France in the 17th century and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Hautvillers Abbey.

Finish your day off in a local family estate and enjoy a couple of glasses whilst hearing all about how champagne is produced, the grapes, and so much more.

Pierre was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable, laid back, funny, and patient with us. The first tasting included 5 glasses at a small family winery. That was lovely. We did some sightseeing and the last tasting was at Pomeray Caves. It was great! KELLI (read more reviews )

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6. Champagne, Epernay, and Family-Run Wineries Tour

The outside of the Moet & Chandon building in France with a blue sky behind it

Enjoy an a fternoon tour of Epernay, the Champagne countryside and the prestigious Avenue de Champagne.

⭐️ RATING: 4.8 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  4.5 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

On this half-day tour of the Champagne region , you’ll uncover secrets in the cellars of two family-run estates where they still use the traditional press.

You’ll drive through the stunning countryside with views of the UNESCO World Heritage vines and past some of the most prestigious estates on the Avenue de Champagne.

See where Dom Pérignon , the famous monk, is buried in the village of Hautvillers.Finish your afternoon off tasting, enjoying and comparing some of the “cuvées” at the final family estate you visit.

This was a fabulous introduction to the Champagne region. Loved the small group and absolutely loved our guide, Thomas. He was so knowledgeable about Champagne, the région and the production having grown up there We were picked up from the train station and dropped back there. Great day trip from Paris but could have easily stayed a few days. PEGGY (read more reviews )

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7. Pommery Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

An underground wine cellar at Pommery Champagne House in France with artwork hanging in the cellars that is lit up

Get the best of both worlds on this morning tour by visiting a major champagne house and a family-run estate in the countryside.

⭐️ RATING: 4.9 Stars | ⏳ TOUR LENGTH:  4 Hours | ✅ Check Rates & Availability!

Your morning tour of Reims and the Champagne region starts with some history. Enjoy a look at the Notre Dame de Reims, the Gothic cathedral where the Kings of France have been crowned, and visit the last Roman gate of Reims, “Porte de Mars”, a 2000-year-old arch.

Then it’s off to the famous House of Champagne Pommery , with a complete tour of their cellars finishing with a tasting of two different champagnes. 

Learn about the process of how champagne is made, why the vines are planted on the hillsides and why the subsoil is made from pure chalk.

The tour ends with a visit to the family-run estate, where you’ll get to enjoy some rare champagnes and learn about how they maintain the old ways of processing.

Suzanne was an amazing guide! She’s a local so she had so much experience to back up her knowledge of the wineries and champagne process. She was friendly and efficient with our time! The tour itself was nice because of the differences you get to see between a small family-owned winery and one of the large champagne houses. LAURA (read more reviews )

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Top Tips for Visiting Champagne Houses

Book in Advance: Many champagne houses require reservations, especially if you’re interested in a guided tour or a tasting session. Booking ahead ensures you get the date and time that suits your itinerary.

Check the Calendar: Some houses close during the harvest (vendange) or off-season. Always check the opening times and days before planning your visit.

Dress Appropriately: Cellars can be cool, even in summer, so bring an extra layer. Comfortable shoes are a must, as you might be walking on uneven surfaces or standing for long periods.

3 women wearing sunglasses and holding orange champagne glasses at the Veuve Clicquot estate. Two are wearing black and one if wearing a black and white dress

Plan Your Transportation: If you’re not part of a tour, consider how you’ll travel between houses, especially if they’re in different villages. Remember, the legal alcohol limit for driving in France is lower than in many other countries. This is one of the reasons I always opt for a tour, so I’m chauffeured around all day and can enjoy sampling what’s on offer.

Ask Questions: Don’t be shy about understanding everything there is to understand about champagne . Asking questions can lead to a deeper understanding of the craft and might even result in trying a wider variety of samples. They love it when you get involved and this is where you’ll get those great stories, such as when I found out François Taittinger was jailed by the Nazis in WW2 for being rude.

Bottles of Moet and Chandon champagne going down in size sat in front of some glass on a light coloured stone

Visit Different-Sized Houses: Try to visit a mix of large, well-known houses and smaller, family-run estates. This will give you a broader perspective on the industry and the champagne-making process. There have been a couple of times when I’ve enjoyed visiting the smaller, family-run estates more, as their passion for what they do is wonderful. Plus, personally, I think their champagne is better, and they teach you more about how to taste wine .

Explore the Towns: Take time to explore the towns where the champagne houses are located. Places like Reims and Épernay have much to offer, in terms of history, architecture, and gastronomy.

Stay at a luxury Hotel: There is no shortage of great hotels in the champagne region , and it just means you’ll be able to enjoy more than one tour. This works really well if you’re spending time in Paris as Champagne is less than an hour away.

A Quick Reminder!

Hands down my favourite champagne tour was this full-day experience in Reims . Loved being picked up from my hotel and chauffeured around. Plus, the lunch was AMAZING!

Final thoughts on the best tours of the Champagne Houses in Reims

You can’t come to France and not go to the Champagne region and sample some champagne in the place in which it’s made. 

If you’re vacationing in Paris , a day trip is less than an hour in travel time.

It’s so different to popping a bottle in your back garden. There is something wonderful and very special about drinking champagne in Reims or Epernay. And I should know.

So hopefully, I’ve given you plenty of choices and helped you to narrow it down so you know which champagne tour to book. 

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For a day, come and discover Champagne, its history and its Champagnes. Enter the cellars of the greatest houses and discover the wealth of local producers attached to Champagne know-how.

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With family or friends, let yourself be guided on the Champagne route. Enjoy exclusive moments through private tours of your favorite Champagnes. Discover the history of the cellars, and the development of the fine bubbles that have made the region internationally renowned. Also discover the history and heritage of Champagne.

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“Best Champagne Host Ever!”

What a fantastic day!! I can recommend Gwendal very highly. We have been to many wine regions around the world and have used many guides/drivers. Gwendal is as good as it gets. He is very knowledgeable and a most courteous host. Boom him with confidence.

Phenomenal experience!

This was a top-notch, must-do experience for us! I love sparkling wine and Gwendal made this such an educational and memorable experience. Everything was fabulous, from the selection of Champagne houses to give us a lot of variety, to the phenomenal lunch at the Garden, to Gwendal’s ability to teach us all about the region and history. Wow! That’s really all I can say.

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The very best!

I can’t say enough about this tour. Gwendal, our guide was delightful! And he was so informative. We learned so much about the Cathedral and the surrounding area. He provided great background information on the two wineries, before we took the tours. And he showed us interesting points of the church where Dom Perigon is buried. I would do a tour with Gwendal again, anytime. A fabulous day! Thank you Gwendal!!

“Unforgettable champagne tour services five stars.”

We were recommended by our hotel concierge service, a full day to discover the champagne region, it was a good choice for an escape from Paris. The trip was tailor-made with our favorite champagne. Our driver-guide was amazing, five star services, I highly recommend his services.

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Champagne Vranken-Pommery - Winalist

Champagne Vranken-Pommery

From 27,00 €

Champagne Victor Charlot - Winalist

Champagne Victor Charlot

From 17,00 €

Champagne Pierre Laurent - Winalist

Champagne Pierre Laurent

From 20,00 €

Champagne Jacquinot & Fils - Winalist

Champagne Jacquinot & Fils

From 30,00 €

Champagne Leclerc Briant - Winalist

Champagne Leclerc Briant

From 75,00 €

Champagne Philippe Mallet - Winalist

Champagne Philippe Mallet

L'empreinte Des Fées - Winalist

L'empreinte Des Fées

From 10,00 €

Office de Tourisme Intercommunal d'Hautvillers - Winalist

Office de Tourisme Intercommunal d'Hautvillers

From 26,00 €

Champagne Louis Brochet - Winalist

Champagne Louis Brochet

Champagne Vollereaux - Winalist

Champagne Vollereaux

From 21,00 €

Champagne Jean Velut - Winalist

Champagne Jean Velut

From 15,00 €

Champagne Lévêque Dehan - Winalist

Champagne Lévêque Dehan

From 16,00 €

Au Coeur des Sens  - Winalist

Au Coeur des Sens

From 55,00 €

Champagne Lionel Carreau - Winalist

Champagne Lionel Carreau

From 90,00 €

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru - Winalist

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru

From 14,00 €

Les sensations vigneronnes - Winalist

Les sensations vigneronnes

From 100,00 €

Champagne Prophète & Co - Winalist

Champagne Prophète & Co

Champagne Etienne Oudart - Winalist

Champagne Etienne Oudart

Champagne Lallement Massonnot - Winalist

Champagne Lallement Massonnot

From 39,00 €

Office de Tourisme de Châlons-en-Champagne - Winalist

Office de Tourisme de Châlons-en-Champagne

From 65,00 €

Champagne Collery - Winalist

Champagne Collery

From 25,00 €

Dock - Les Sacrés Chais - Winalist

Dock - Les Sacrés Chais

Champagne V & G Dupont - Winalist

Champagne V & G Dupont

From 8,00 €

Maison Huiban - Winalist

Maison Huiban

Champagne Alain Vesselle - Winalist

Champagne Alain Vesselle

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Champagne Bonvalet

Champagne Anthony Betouzet - Winalist

Champagne Anthony Betouzet

Champagne Lamiable - Winalist

Champagne Lamiable

Champagne AR Lenoble - Winalist

Champagne AR Lenoble

From 76,00 €

ABC  Champagne Tour - Winalist

ABC Champagne Tour

From 225,00 €

Champagne Bernard Lonclas - Winalist

Champagne Bernard Lonclas

From 12,00 €

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte  - Winalist

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Champagne Pierre Mignon - Winalist

Champagne Pierre Mignon

Sacré Wine Tour  - Winalist

Sacré Wine Tour

From 60,00 €

Champagne André Jacquart - Winalist

Champagne André Jacquart

Champagne Mercier - Winalist

Champagne Mercier

Champagne Leblanc-Collard - Winalist

Champagne Leblanc-Collard

Pressoria - Winalist

From 18,00 €

Champagne Cuillier - Winalist

Champagne Cuillier

From 7,50 €

Champagne Comtesse Lafond - Winalist

Champagne Comtesse Lafond

A La Française Champagne - Winalist

A La Française Champagne

From 40,00 €

Champagne Charles De Cazanove - Winalist

Champagne Charles De Cazanove

Champagne Pol Couronne - Winalist

Champagne Pol Couronne

From 28,00 €

Champagne G.H. Martel & C° - Winalist

Champagne G.H. Martel & C°

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Champagne Boizel

Champagne Mumm - Winalist

Champagne Mumm

Champagne Veuve Clicquot - Winalist

Champagne Veuve Clicquot

Champagne Ruinart - Winalist

Champagne Ruinart

Champagne Taittinger - Winalist

Champagne Taittinger

From 37,00 €

Champagne Le Gallais - Winalist

Champagne Le Gallais

Champagne Moët & Chandon - Winalist

Champagne Moët & Chandon

Champagne Canard-Duchêne - Winalist

Champagne Canard-Duchêne

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My Vintage Tour Company

Champagne Richard-Fliniaux - Winalist

Champagne Richard-Fliniaux

From 45,00 €

Champagne Michel Fagot - Winalist

Champagne Michel Fagot

Champagne du Rédempteur - Winalist

Champagne du Rédempteur

Champagne Marc Hennequiere - Winalist

Champagne Marc Hennequiere

Champagne Julien Chopin - Winalist

Champagne Julien Chopin

Champagne Bauchet - Winalist

Champagne Bauchet

From 7,00 €

Champagne Pannier - Winalist

Champagne Pannier

Champagne Didier Goussard - Winalist

Champagne Didier Goussard

Champagne de Venoge - Winalist

Champagne de Venoge

From 56,00 €

Champagne Henri Giraud - Winalist

Champagne Henri Giraud

From 105,00 €

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Champagne Gosset

From 70,00 €

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Champagne Vincent d'Astrée

Champagne Christian Muller - Winalist

Champagne Christian Muller

Champagne Philippe Martin - Winalist

Champagne Philippe Martin

Champagne Malard  - Winalist

Champagne Malard

From 13,50 €

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Le Sentier du Vigneron

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Champagne Domaine La Borderie

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From €48.00

Hautvillers & producers afternoon from Reims - Winalist

From €115.00

Winegrower discovery tour & lunch from Dijon - Winalist

From €200.00

Angélique's Champagne getaway in a van - Winalist

From €225.00

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From €45.00

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From €270.00

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From €169.00

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Winalist : The french leading platform for wine tourism stays in Champagne, France and Europe. Built by a French and American team, our company offers the best expertise in the French wine regions for international visitors. 

The best way to discover the Champagne region whether you're planning a full day tour or spending two days in Champagne,  is to visit the most famous Champagne houses cellars and enjoy a tasting of various cuvees. Thanks to Winalist, you will be able to find and book a cellar visit and tasting in Reims , a cellar visit and tasting in Epernay in the best Champagne houses in Champagne, at the best price and without booking fees. In Champagne, most houses open welcome visitors during the week or during the week-end. Some champagne houses are opened on Sunday. 

The best way to spend a wine week-end in Champagne is to arrive in Reims, go to Epernay by train for example and if you have a car go through Troyes and discover its visits and tastings in Troyes. All cities in Champagne are rich in history and the Champagne vineyards are part of unesco world heritage site. If you stay in Paris, it is also possible to visit cellars and taste champagne in Château-Thierry for a day since the border of the Champagne wine region starts at only 1 hour drive from Paris.

Best Champagne houses to visit in Champagne

If you're already in champagne, you might be wondering what are the best Champagne tasting near me? Winalist will help you discover the Champagne vineyards, located in France , through its famous Champagne Houses or more independent wine growers. You will be able to book champagne tour from a very large number of wine tourism experiences and activities, whether it is a visit of one of the best Champagne Houses or a tasting in a smaller champagne producer cellar. Visits and tastings are the most common activities to do in Champagne and the most known Champagnes houses are Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Veuve-Clicquot, Champagne Ruinart.

In Champagne, you can also book an oenological workshop if you prefer to have a full experience. You can also find winegrower picnics in the vineyards, perfect for family weekends on sunny days. Last but not least, what about discovering the vineyards and Champagne houses with a bike tour from Hautvillers? Discover the famous champagne producing methods by bike while stopping to some of the best points of view and interests of the region.

Private guided tour in Champagne

If you arrive in Champagne from Paris at a train station, you will also be able to book a full day guided tour through the vineyards in Champagne, France. If you schedule a tour and tasting in Champagne, a driver will typically pick you up at the station or at your hotel and drive you from one Champagne house to the other.A Champagne guided tour is the best way to discover the region without worrying about what best places to visit in Champagne. If you prefer, you can also book a Champagne private tour with a private chauffeur. With this option you'll be able to spend as much time as you want in Champagne tastings rooms. Discover our selection of exclusive luxury champagne tours in France.

Before visiting Champagne, it's good to have a bit of information in mind. Pinot Noir grows on the limestone soils of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte de Bar. With aromas of red fruit, it gives body to wines. Pinot Meunier is more present in the Marne Valley, and brings a touch of roundness to the blends. Finally, Chardonnay is a white grape variety which represents around 30% of the Champagne vineyards, present in the vast majority on the Côte des Blancs. Today, many champagne winegrowers seek above all to revive the terroir and the Champagne hillsides by cultivating their hectares of vines as closely as possible to the ancestral methods which the whole world draws inspiration from today for cultivating vines. You will also have the opportunity to visit Gallo-Roman chalk pits in Champagne.

Book your next wine stay in Champagne

With Winalist, wine tours in Champagne are just a click away! Visiting Champagne is a must-do in France. If you stay a couple of days in Paris, then you must take the train and come to Champagne for at least one day. Wonderful wine experience as well as gastronomic one. In Reims, your will fin the third best french restaurant that has three Michelin's stars. Our partners, wine estates and houses in the region, will provide an experience that suits you. Select your next destination using your criteria then book your experience on the date and time of your choice, without any booking fees. 

The Champagne region is made up of more than 340 Champagne houses, the majority of which are located in the Marne. You will also find superb champagne estates on the bar coast in Aube. Winalist offers you a map of Champagne vineyards to easily find the experience that suits you, with family, friends, as a couple or alone.

Book your Winalist wine experience in Champagne now and discover the prices of the best rated wines from a multitude of champagne estates.

During your wine tourism stay in Champagne, you will have the opportunity to stop for a while in the many areas of the Champagne wine route to discover the treasures of the greatest champagne houses. Explore the Montagne de Reims and discover the wine estates present on Winalist offer you an alternative to simple tasting. A real introduction to oenology to help you understand and appreciate all the subtleties of the region's wines. After a guided tour of an estate and a visit to the cellar, you can, for example, taste the wines produced directly in the winegrower's cellar, or even have a picnic in the middle of the rows of vines. 

You will thus discover how to best appreciate the great wines of champagne, the specialty par excellence of many estates. From harvest to bottling, our partner harvesters reveal a few well-kept secrets, passed down from generation to generation. You thus understand the identity of each grape variety and the importance of the terroir. The discovery workshops on aromas and food-wine pairings sharpen all your senses. Winalist offers you to book visits concluded with a tasting in the best estates, during the day and on weekends. To find your oenological activity, simply use our search engine. Simply pay with a few clicks. Do you want to offer an experience to a wine lover? Think about the Winalist gift card! Completely customizable, it is a good surprise for sure valid on all our activities.

Champagne, France, is a magical place full of rolling hills covered with rows of grape vines. This region of France produces some of the most famous wines in the world, with its signature wine, of course, being its namesake. The bubbly white wine you've heard so much about originated in this region of France and is still produced here; it's made using traditional methods that date back centuries. If you're visiting Champagne for the first time or you’re a frequent Champagne visitor, try a Champagne, France wine tour to make your trip to France unforgettable with Winalist.

Champagne wine region highlights:

  • Close region to visit from major cities like Paris and Reims.
  • Known for its signature sparkling white wine varieties.
  • Naturally beautiful region full of rolling hills.

About Champagne Wine Tours & Wine Tasting in Champagne, France

Champagne is best known for its sparkling wine and the region has some of the most beautiful vineyard views in all of France. If you're looking for a vacation that's relaxing, fun, and educational, Champagne is a perfect place for you to visit.

Champagne is located in northeast France between Paris and Reims, just a short and convenient drive away from either city. There are many ways to travel in the Champagne region if you're staying in either of these cities. Winalist recommends trying customized wine tours that start in these central metropolitan areas and offer convenient shuttles throughout the area.

This way, you don't have to worry about travel while tasting delicious wine, learning about winemaking in Champagne, and witnessing the highlights of this area.

Day trips to Champagne from Paris or Reims are easy, taking less than two hours by car.

Where to Stay in the Champagne, France Wine Region

In addition to the wineries, you will find numerous hotels in the Champagne, France wine region . There are many luxurious hotels offering excellent service and a great ambiance for those who want to live like a local.

There are also more affordable options available if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly. Some of these can be found in Reims or Chablis, while others are located outside of Paris.

How to get to the Champagne Region of France

The Champagne region of France is easily accessible by plane, train, bus, and car. If you're flying into Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, you can take the RER B train directly to Gare du Nord station. From there you can take a bus or hire a taxi cab for a ride to Reims. For those traveling from London City Airport, Eurostar services are available every hour and will take about two hours each way from St Pancras International Station in London.

The best way to get around once you’ve arrived is by bike or by foot; there's plenty of both! The best way to see all of your  favorite champagne houses to visit is on foot with an organized tour company.

History of Winemaking Champagne, France

The history of winemaking in the Champagne region dates back to the days when Romans first brought vines with them. They planted what would become known as pinot noir and chardonnay, which are still used today for making quality champagne wine.

The first sparkling wine was created by François Clicquot in Reims, France in 1798. He developed a technique for bottling sparkling wines with a cork instead of corkscrews. The first Champagne house was established in 1634 by Nicolas Huet and later became Moët & Chandon. In 1892 Veuve Clicquot became the very first champagne house to use a logo on its bottles (the lion).

I f you want to discover a new world of luxury and taste, head straight to champagne France. There are so many ways to experience the best champagnes, with experts available at every stage of your journey.

There is no better place to experience the best champagne the world has to offer than in Champagne, France. With so many types of wines and flavors to choose from, this region will captivate your senses and delight your palate with every sip. If you want to discover a new world of luxury and taste, book your next Champagne wine experience with Winalist.

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What to know before visiting Best Champagne houses

There is no wrong time to visit Champagne, but the preferred times to visit the area for wine tasting are during spring and fall. Summer can get awfully hot, so if you’re going to be touring wineries, opt for the milder months of May or September. Winter isn’t for everyone either. It can be very cold in Champagne and sometimes snow contributes to road closures and more, potentially slowing down your visit.

Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays at most wineries in Champagne, so if you want more personal attention from your host or guide, choose to visit during a week day instead.

A champagne house is a business that manufactures and sells champagne. The majority of these businesses are located in the region of Champagne, France. This term can also be used to refer to the business itself or its employees.

The Champagne wine route is also called "Champagne Tourist Route.” You will find signs on a black background indicating this when you go near the main cities located inside of Champagne. These signs will help you to easily explore the Champagne vineyards by car or bicycle and discover all the places of interest in Champagne.

During your wine escape to champagne, be sure to check out some of the  most exclusive champagne tours .

It is quite possible to visit the most beautiful Champagne cellars with children. Some wineries are more family-friendly than others. If your children are minors, they must nevertheless be accompanied by an adult and will not be able to taste Champagne or any other alcoholic drink at wineries in Champagne.

Champagne is a type of sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. There are four main grapes used to make champagne: white chardonnay, black pinot noir, pink pinot meunier, and red gamay. Each grape variety produces its own unique flavor profile and style of sparkling wine.

Chardonnay grapes can produce both dry or sweet styles of champagne depending on how long they are fermented before being bottled with yeast to create bubbles (sparkling). Chardonnays are considered dry when they contain less than 5 grams per liter sugar left at the end of fermentation or sweet when they contain 8 grams per liter sugar left at the end of fermentation.

Pinot noir grapes produce light-bodied wines with delicate aromas similar to berries like strawberries or raspberries that complement seafood dishes very well; Pinot noirs are also known for their ability to age well so if you have some bottles stored away in your cellar just be sure not forget about them!

To enjoy a champagne tasting and a visit to the cellars, we advise you to visit a cellar among the most beautiful Champagne houses. Mercier , Moët & Chandon , Mumm , Taittinger , Veuve Clicquot , Lanson , Ruinart , Vranken-Pommery are the main Champagne houses to visit during your wine weekend.

To visit Champagne wine region and enjoy its pleasures, the ideal is to schedule visits to vineyards and Champagne wine estates where you will find amazing tasting rooms. You will enjoy a fun and gastronomic experience, where you can taste the best champagnes of the region. All while admiring the marvelous landscapes from hilly paths, in the heart of the Champagne vineyards.

You can also take the opportunity to organize a Champagne cellar visit in Reims or a visit and Champagne tasting in Épernay , the two must-see cities in the region, which offer wine tourism experiences of all kinds. History buffs can also stroll the cobbled streets of Reims and walk near the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, where many Kings of France have been crowned. Do not forget to visit Troyes in Aube and its magnificent Côte-des-Bar.

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Discover the best Champagne tours with authentic local guides. Located in the heart of Champagne, we are a local company who specialise in providing authentic champagne tasting tours, cellar visits, and tours of Champagne’s villages and vineyards.

Whether you are based in Reims or Epernay, we offer half or full day guided tours across the Champagne region. Come with us to explore both the most famous Champagne houses in Reims and Epernay, and go off the beaten track to discover the small, boutique Champagne houses run by families for generations!

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E-Bike Champagne day tour & lunch

Enjoy an e-bike tour from Reims or Epernay to experience the magic world of Champagne. Drive through the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (except for pick-up in Mareuil-sur-Ay). Take an electric bike to cycle through the heart of the region, its UNESCO-listed vineyards and its valley. Discover the Champagne making process and appreciate a Champagne cellar visit, tastings and a traditional lunch at a typical Champagne house. All in the company of our expert A la Francaise guide.

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Afternoon Hautvillers & family growers from Reims

Visit 2 family-run Champagne houses in the Champagne countryside for a wonderful and truly authentic experience of the Champagne region. During a pleasant afternoon tour leaving from Reims you'll drive through the vineyards, visit the birthplace of Champagne and village of Dom Pérignon: Hautvillers, and stop in the vineyards to take in the views of the historical UNESCO World Heritage vines.

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Short day family growers & traditional lunch (from Reims or Epernay)

Enjoy a half day tour to visit Epernay and its surrounds with our expert A la Francaise guides. Departing from Reims or Epernay visit two Champagne houses for tours, tastings and a Champagne tasting work shop. Discover the best of the Montagne de Reims and Epernay as you travel through the village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of champagne, its UNESCO-listed hillsides and the famous Avenue de Champagne. Get an brief introduction to Champagne tasting.

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Full day Mumm, family growers & lunch (from Reims)

Immerse yourself in Champagne with a full guided experience of the Champagne region. Take a scenic drive through the vineyards to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon is buried. Then visit a family-winery and taste three different champagnes from their production. Get introduced to the Champagne tasting and enjoy a lunch at a small winery . Go back to Reims to visit the Champagne House Mumm and taste more champagne.

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This tasting was great! We went to two tasting locations. At the first, we got detailed info about the champagne making process. We then saw the abbey of Dom Perignon and got some interesting history, before then finishing at another tasting location. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the champagne making process as well as what different champagnes are meant to be used for (e.g., dessert, pre-dinner drink, with food)

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I went on the trip with 5 friends to celebrate my upcoming 60th birthday. It was the most amazing day. Our host for the day was excellent and very informative. The tastings and lunch were all of very high quality. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip

We really loved the small group tour to Pommery and Fagot. The price-quality was perfect, we had around 5 glasses of champaign; so a good idea to start your day happy. Our guide knew a lot about the region, and the way she presented was flawless, humorous and confident. And very important: no boring stories, just to the point. Highly recommended!

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Discover the secrets behind an iconic Champagne and a symbol of French luxury.

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At the heart of the Moët & Chandon Maison lies a unique experience, a moment suspended in time.

Explore the 28-kilometre maze of underground tunnels that form the Moët & Chandon cellars and discover how we make our champagnes – a secret process passed down over the years from one Cellar Master to the next.

More than three centuries of heritage, passion and savoir-faire lie beneath your feet as you walk along the cobbles of Avenue de Champagne.

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Situated 10 to 30 metres underground in chalky soil, the Moët & Chandon cellars are the largest in the Champagne region. With a temperature ranging from 10 to 12°C, they are the perfect place for storing the bottles that are currently maturing there.

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Brush up on your wine-tasting skills and knowledge of our champagnes thanks to our sommeliers’ explanations.

Finish your unique experience of our Maison in one of our specially provided tasting areas.

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Our Maison Ambassador will reveal to you the elaboration of Moët Imperial champagne, the flagship of the Maison, as well as of that of our ‘’Grand Vintage’’ Cuvées. The explanation will be illustrated by a comparative tasting of those two, including our current vintage.​

Cellar tour and tasting of 2 glasses – Moët Imperial and Moët Vintage champagnes.

  • Tour: 1 hr 30 min
  • Number of people per group: 15
  • MOËT GRAND VINTAGE BLANC

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Dare to step into the biggest Champagne cellar in company of our Maison Ambassador and discover 2 facets of Moët & Chandon style – white and rosé.

Cellar tour and tasting of 2 glasses – Moët Imperial and Rosé Imperial champagnes.

  • Number of people per group: 19
  • MOËT ROSÉ IMPÉRIAL

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For the tasting of the Maison ‘’Grand Vintage’’ champagnes as an interpretation of one exceptional year, you will be escorted into a private tasting lounge.

Cellar tour and tasting of 2 glasses – Grand Vintages Blanc and Rosé champagnes.

  • Number of people per group: 10
  • MOET GRAND VINTAGE BLANC
  • MOET GRAND VINTAGE ROSÉ

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Peek behind the scenes and behold the creative universe that brings you the new cuvée of Haute Œnologie « Collection Impériale ».

Be among the first to discover this champagne through a invigorating multi-sensorial experience accompanied by a cellar tour.

  • Tour: 2 hr 00 min
  • Number of people per group: 6
  • Moët Impérial Champagne
  • Grand Vintage Blanc matured in a Magnum bottle
  • Collection Impériale création N°1

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Destined to grand wine lovers, this tour will make you travel in time through our vintages. The tasting comprises a glass of our current "Grand Vintage" champagne and a glass of an older vintage with more than 14 years of maturation.

Content: Cellar tour and tasting of our Moët Grand Vintage and Grand Vintage Collection champagnes.​

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An experience based on our wine-growing and historical heritage : discover the vineyards of the private Fort Chabrol site with a visit to our cellars and a tasting of our vintage champagnes: Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé.

  • Tour: 2 hr 30 min
  • MOËT GRAND VINTAGE ROSÉ

Moët & Chandon 20 avenue de Champagne, 51200 Epernay, France

By car: 1 hour 30 min. from the Paris Périphérique ringroad via the A4 motorway

By train: 1 hour 20 min. from Paris Gare de l'Est to Epernay station Moët & Chandon is a five-minute walk from the station.

The cellars have a lift and a special entrance for wheelchair users

What is the difference between the various tour packages?

All the tours take exactly the same route through the cellars. The only difference is in the tasting sessions offered at the end of each guided tour.

Do you offer tours without tasting sessions?

No, all our tours include tasting sessions.

Can we come for a tasting session without taking a tour?

Yes, we began allowing visitors to come and taste our champagnes in 2020.

Are bookings mandatory?

As places are limited and tours led by a professional guide, we recommend you book your visit online at: www.moet.com.

Can children come on a tour?

Our tours are for everyone and we offer free admission for children under 10 and a reduced price (without the tasting session) for teenagers aged 10 to 17.

Does the tour include a visit to the cellars?

We visit part of the 28 km of cellars, where maturing bottles intended for production are visible.

Do you organise any tours of the Moët & Chandon vineyard and production buildings?

The Maison’s vineyard extends throughout the entire Champagne region, and no plots are immediately adjacent to the visitor’s centre. Our production buildings are not open to the public.

Can we go to the shop even if we haven’t been on a tour of the cellars?

Of course! The shop is open to everyone.

Are pets allowed on-site?

We have an obligation to meet the standards associated with our food safety certifications and, as such, no pets are allowed on our premises.

Can visitors buy something to eat on-site?

We do not have any catering facilities - we only offer champagne tasting sessions.

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THE SOUL OF A CHAMPAGNE HOUSE

“Having our family name on a bottle implies responsibility and rigorous standards at all times. This signature represents both the savoir-faire of the past and a commitment for the future”.

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L'instant taittinger.

A scene of life, depicting the preparation of the annual “Cochelet”, end of the harvest festival, reveals a privileged moment of intimacy at the House. It pays tribute to the family in the broader sense of the term: the Taittinger family, of course, with Pierre-Emmanuel, Clovis and Vitalie in the foreground, as well as all members of the House who participate daily in bringing this family spirit to life.

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Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grands Crus 2007

A SPECTACULAR COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE

In a surprising year.

The release of a new Comtes de Champagne vintage is always highly anticipated. The year 2007, predcited to be exceptional, was not the easiest of harvests and could have presented a real challenge for a Cellar Master. He was, however, celebrated for producing a vintage of extraordinarily refinement. A true memory of time, the elegant freshness of this Comtes de Champagne suggests that it offers all the ageing potential one expects of such a cuvée.

“THE TAITTINGER”

The chefs’ prize.

The history of Le Prix Culinaire is that of a meeting of minds between Champagne and exceptional Chefs, between a Family and Gastronomy. The realisation of a dream, the Prize boasts a prestigious history. Very quickly, winning young chefs become stars of their profession. Known for its probity, the award honours young upcoming chefs who have a perfect command of cooking and who reconcile tradition with innovation.

288 HECTARES OF VINEYARD

High environmental value the garden of creation.

The attachment to land, as to those who take care of it and the constant quality control have always been the foundations of the quest for excellence at Taittinger. Nothing can happen without know-how, patience and man’s commitment to work in the vineyard as well as the elaboration of subtle blends… “In order to obtain gold in our bottles, we first need to have it in our hands”.

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Taittinger Collection Sebastião Salgado

An animal alliance.

For its Vintage 2008, Taittinger chose the signature of the famous Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado, and one of his powerful image: a leopard quenching its thirst in the life source of Namibia, a symbol of a universally symbolic image.

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A unique champagne experience.

Our tour guides are on hand all year round to welcome you to the world of Taittinger champagne and introduce you to the history of this beautiful family House. Although our wine cellars are temporarily closed for refurbishment (reopening scheduled for 2024), Maison Taittinger is delighted to host you in the meantime at the Comtes de Champagne Residence in the historic centre of Reims, with a range of new experiences to offer our visitors. By discovering our iconic cuvees, you can not only sample the fruits of our dedicated team’s labour but also taste the soul of a House where every bottle is signed with the owners’ name.

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8 Top Champagne Houses in Reims, France

Wine lovers visiting Paris often choose to take a day trip to Reims for Champagne tasting. Getting there via train from Paris is actually very easy and quick. Then you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy the bubbles at a few of the top Champagne houses in Reims.

Reims is the center of the Champagne world in France. You can visit world-famous estates in Reims and Epernay , such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Taittinger, or check out the smaller Champagne houses you may not have heard of.

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All you’ll need are a few advanced appointments, your walking shoes (or a quick Uber ride), and enough time to do it justice.

Below you’ll find all you need to know about setting up and enjoying Champagne tours and tasting in Reims.

How to Visit the Champagne Region

The best way to discover the region is by driving The Champagne Trail, which covers over 250 miles that wind through rolling hills, along vineyard covered valleys and past quaint little villages. All along the way you can stop to visit the growers and winemakers, to taste Champagne, and to learn as much as you like about the tradition.

There are two main cities in the Champagne region to visit, and the Champagne trail will take you between the two within just a 30 minute drive. In Reims, you can visit world-famous Champagne houses, such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Taittinger.

Champagne region in France

In Epernay, you can spend some time walking along the Avenue de Champagne, popping in at tasting rooms along the way. The easiest way to get to the Champagne region is by car from Paris. If you’re already visiting, you can rent a car in Paris and take a day or overnight trip to Champagne.

You can take the train from Paris to Reims, but it’s not very easy to get around to the Champagne houses without a car, and you’ll definitely need a car to visit the countryside or to go into Epernay. Below you’ll find all you need to know to plan a road trip in the Champagne region, for wine tours and tasting.

Self-Guided or Group/Private Wine Tour

The first consideration you’ll probably be making is whether you want to do a self-guided or a group/private guided wine tour. If you don’t have a designated driver, or don’t wish to spit the wine instead of drinking it, you will need to take a tour or hire a driver.

There are many to choose from. You can go on a group tour, which are plentiful, often including up to 10 people and are on a pre-planned route that you can’t decide on. Tours typically go to great wineries and there’s a lot of information given, many include lunch – plus you don’t have to take care of a single detail.

Below are two group tours we recommend:

  • Small Group Full Day Tour – Your go to three different Champagne houses, where you’ll try a variety of champagnes. There’s also an included three-course lunch along the way. (8 hours)  BOOK HERE
  • Reims Afternoon Tour to Epernay – Visit the UNESCO-listed Champagne Avenue in Epernay, the historic village of Hautvillers, and visit two Champagne houses for tastings. (4.5 hours)  BOOK HERE

Private Tour

If you don’t want to go along with a bunch of other people and you’d like to have some say in the schedule, then a private tour is the way to go. Here are two that we recommend (in case there’s not a lot of availability).

What’s Included:

  • First Visit – Explanation of the manufacturing process plus cave visit followed by a tasting of 3 Champagnes.
  • Visit Hautvillers, the village where Dom Pérignon created Champagne.
  • 3-Course Restaurant Lunch
  • 2nd & 3rd Visits – A Grand Cru cellar and cave followed by a tasting of 3 Champagnes at each

Tour is 8 hours, 2 people minimum. $375/pp

What’s included:

  • Return transport from Reims in a private shuttle (Mercedes Class V).
  • English-speaking driver/guide, Champagne expert
  • Visit & tasting at 2 Champagne houses
  • Guided tour of Reims Cathedral
  • Lunch reservation (payment not included)

Tour is 7 hours, 2 people minimum $599/pp

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Self-Guided Tour

I usually prefer to do self-guided touring when I visit wine regions because it gives me the greatest flexibility and I actually really like researching and choosing the wineries I want to go to.

While there is a little more work involved because you have to set up all the tours yourself, there are tools that will help make this super easy. The one I use is called  Rue des Vignerons . It’s a French website that makes booking wine appointments super easy.

The site has 450 wineries and distilleries, both family-owned and famous houses, that includes 1,500 bookable experiences, including tastings, tours, workshops, and meals. You can book online up to 30 minutes before and your appointment is confirmed instantly. This is the website I used to book all of my Bordeaux tasting appointments.

In our descriptions below, I will give you links directly to Rue des Vignerons for each winery so you can easily book it.

7 Best Champagne Houses in Reims to Visit

1. champagne pommery.

Pommery

Location:  Place General Gouraud,  51100, Reims, France Hours: Early April to mid-November: every day 9:30am-7pm. Mid-November to late March: every day 10am-6pm Phone: +33(0)3.26.61.62.56 Email:   [email protected]

The Pommery Elizabethan-style estate was built in the 19th century by the lady of the house, Jeanne Pommery. It is one of the most archtecturally stunning estates you can visit today. Pommery is also one of the biggest Champagne house today, producing over 500,000 cases of Champagne a year.

You’ll definitely want to stop here for a tour to see the ancient Roman caves and art nouveau tasting rooms. The chalk cave cellars are equally impressive, and can be access from an incredible staircase worth seeing – it’s 116 steps down to the cellars!

Your tour will end with a tasting of one of the famous Pommery Champagnes. There are various tours you can take at Pommery. Be sure to book in advance.  The tours are given in English, French, and German.

  • “Art of Champagne” Caves – 22€-30€:  1 hour tour of the Gallo-Roman chalk cellars, with explanations of the history, wine development of Pommery, plus a visit to the contemporary art exhibit, followed by a tasting. Choice of 1 glass for 22€, cuvee experience for 26€ or 2 glasses for 30€.
  • Henry Vasnier’s Dream – 35€ 90 minute tour that follows the dream of Henry Vasnier, right arm man to Mrs. Pommery and patron of the City of Reims. Includes a visit of the Pommery Cellars and the Villa Demoiselle. Includes a 2-glass tasting.

2. Champagne Taittinger

Champagne Taittinger

Location:  À la table de Thibaud IV – Champagne Taittinger, 20 rue de Tambour, 51100 Reims

Another Champagne house with an impressive chalk cave that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Taittinger will stun you from the moment you arrive at the impressive entrance gates.

Unfortunately, their main location is currently closed, but you can still visit Demeure des Comtes de Champagne in the center of Reims and try the tasting experience called “À la table de Thibaud IV”.

The experience is meant to showcase the life of Thibaud the fourth, King of Navarre, who was also a poet, while tasting the two signature cuvées of the House: the Brut Réserve and the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs.

It’s a mix of audio and tasting and is offered in English and French. The price is 60€ and it lasts about 1 hour.

#3 Champagne Lanson

Champagne Lanson

Champagne Lanson is the only big House located in the heart of Reims that offers a unique visit experience that takes you on a journey from the vine to the flute. Their tour guides you on a journey through the different stages of the wine making process, providing a truly immersive experience.

You’ll see the vineyards, then be guided to the “Clos Lanson”, then to the various places where the cuvees are made, passing through the cuveries and finally to the cellars. The tour will be followed by a tasting of the House’s emblematic cuvée: Le Black Création 257.

Tours lasts approximately 2 hours and are available in both English and French.

#4 G.H. Martel & Co

GH Martel & Co

Location:  17 rue des Creneaux, 51100, Reims, France Hours:  Daily 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. Tours in French and English until 5:30pm Phone: +33 (0) 3 26 82 70 67 Email: [email protected]

Located just around the corner from Veuve Clicquot and Taitttinger is another top Champagne house that offers tours and tastings: GH Martel & Co . This Champagne house also has a medieval chalk quarries, which was dug between the 4th and 15th centuries, and it is open to the public for tours.

As you descend into the cellar, at a depth of up to 22 meters, you’ll see their interesting collection of wine-making tools and machinery. The tour begins with a film, then leads you through the cellars and the ecomuseum, and then to their shop where you’ll taste 3 Champagnes.

They often have specials and deals available on their large range of wines, in case you’re looking for some steals to take back home with you. The tour and tasting takes about 1 hour. If you don’t have the time for a full tour, you can stop into the wine shop for a tasting at any time.

There are a few different flights to choose from ranging from 12-20€ Be sure to book your tour ahead of time by contacting the shop via phone or email.

#5 Champagne Mumm

GH Mumm

Location:  G.H. Mumm, 29 Rue du Champ de Mars, 51100 Reims, France Hours:  Daily 10am-1pm and 2pm-5:30 or 6pm, seasonally. Tours in French and English until 5:30pm Boutique available during opening hours Email: [email protected]

The House Mumm started in 1827 in the historic birthplace of the Champagne, Reims. This almost bicentenary estate opens the doors of its cellars where about 25 million bottles rest peacefully in the cellars.

The Mumm family, whose lineage includes barons and knights, dates back to the 12th century. They were originally wine merchants based in Cologne, Germany, but expanded into France when they saw potential for the region and expansion of their business. They’ve been going strong ever since.

Today Mumm is spread across nearly 25 kilometers in the heart of Reims. Visitors can explore the long history of this cellar and learn about the process they’ve followed for centuries.

There are three visit types: The Cordon Rouge Mumm experience, the discovery experience, and the 100% Grand Cru experience. The visit will end at one of the most beautiful museum about champagne. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to taste their Champagnes.

#6 Champagne Charles de Cazanove

Champagne Charles de Cazanove

Champagne Charles de Cazanove has been in business since 1811, and its production is 3 million bottles per year. It can be quite interesting visiting a large house like this to learn the Champagne making process. The facility was built in 2019, so it’s very modern.

You can book a tasting only, or embark on one of their three tours, which takes you to their production facility and give you an explanation of the process, along with a demonstration in their eco-museum.

The tour will be followed by a comparative tasting of 3 non-vintage Champagnes (2 whites and 1 rosé) or you can add on a vintage tasting as well.

#7 Champagne Pol Couronne

Pol Couronne

Champagne Pol Couronne was started in 2015. This family-owned champagne house, located in the historic city of Reims, offers a private tour and tasting in their showroom, so you can get an intimate look into the meticulous craft of champagne-making.

The personalized tastings here are exceptional. Your palate is in for a treat. Each sip allows you to taste the terroir, skill, and passion that go into making each bottle. Champagne Pol Couronne offers a tasting of 3 Champagnes, or 3 Grand Cru Champagnes

They also offer a Champagne masterclass and a sabering experience, if you’re looking for something more unique.

#8 Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Location: 1 Place des Droits de l’Homme, 51100 Reims, France Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm Phone:  +33 (0)3 26 89 53 90 Email: [email protected]

You’ve likely already heard of this Champagne brand, as it’s one of the most popular Champagnes being sold around the world. In case you’re thinking that means it’s not worth a visit to this Champagne house because it will be too touristy, we don’t think that’s an issue.

In fact, this was one of our favorite Champagne tours in Reims. The underground cellars of Veuve Clicquot might be one of the main reasons we love it here so much. The cellars are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage sight.

That’s not surprising when you learn that they’ve been making wine since 1772. In 1909, they bought these old underground quarrys to store their wine. There is some fascinating history in these caves, which you’ll learn all about during the tour.

After the tour of the cellar and facilities, you’ll have a chance to try the Champagne. There are a few different tickets you can purchase. Click here to see them all.

  • Discovery Tour – 26€:  45min tour followed by a single tasting of Yellow Label Brut 26€. This tour is available Tuesday to Saturday.
  • On the Footsteps of Madame Clicquot – 53€:  1 hr tour where you’ll learn all about Madame Clicquot, followed by a tasting of the Brut Yellow Label and prestige Cuvée La Grande Dame.
  • Veuve Clicquot & Rose Champagne – 40€: In 1818, Madame Clicquot was the first to make a rose champagne blend, which changed the landscape of Champagne for ever. Learn all about the Rose on this 45 min tour, followed by a tasting.

Other Champagne Houses Nearby

Not too far away from Reims, there are many more opportunities for Champagne tasting. If you’re going to be in the area, I would definitely recommend stopping by a few of these:

Pressoria is the brand new sensory interpretation center for champagne wines. Housed in the walls of a former Pommery pressing center in the commune of Aÿ, the immersive tour of this emblematic cultural site will help you rediscover champagne through your five senses.

Villa Signolle

A family-run business since 1802, they offer specialist champagnes for experts and amateurs alike. They do the harvesting, handling and winemaking of all their own grapes, from one of the best terroirs in the Champagne region. Their villa is on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. You can taste on their terrace or in the lounge, inside a house listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

Champagne Le Gallais

In 1927, Hachod Fringhian, the grandfather of Charlotte Morgain Le Gallais, obtained the Clos du Château de Boursault, which had long belonged to Madame Veuve Clicquot. Five generations later, Charlotte runs part of the estate: 7 parcels with their own characteristics, in the family vineyard, overlooking the Marne valley. The press, the cellars and the wine storehouses are also located in the clos, which guarantees a great freshness of the fruit at the time of its pressing and transformation.

How to Get from Paris to Reims

You can get to Reims from Paris by taking the TGV train. From anywhere in Paris, just get yourself to the East Railway Station. You can take the Paris subway to arrive at this station. This makes it very easy to visit Reims, no matter where in Europe you’re arriving from.

You don’t have to have tickets for the train in advance, but during busy times we do recommend buying them in advance to make sure you can get a seat. There have been times that the train has been full and we’ve had to take the next one. You can purchase tickets in advance on Trainline.com .

The train journey to Reims is only about 45 minutes. If you plan to go to Epernay – another of the nearby major Champagne cities – you can continue on from Reims on the TER train, which departs every 30 minutes and takes around 40 minutes to get there.

Descending into the Veuve Clicquot Chalk Caves

How to Get Around in Reims

One of the big questions that is often asked by tourists coming to Reims on a day trip from Paris is how to get around to the Champagne house. There are three convenient ways to get around. You can choose your method based on your own needs:

  • Walk: It’s actually quite easy to walk around Reims. The biggest hurtle is getting from the train station (or center of Reims) to the area where you find most of the Champagne houses. This is about a 2 mile walk (40 mins). If you don’t want to take this initial walk, you can take a quick Uber or taxi ride from the train station. We recommend starting at Veuve Clicquot, as it’s the furthest way from town (2 miles). To walk between any of the 5 Champagne houses mentioned, it will take you about 5 minutes or less.
  • Uber or Taxi: If you can’t or don’t want to walk, you can take an uber or taxi from the train station to any of the Champagne houses. Once you’re ready to go on to the next, you can call another Uber or taxi to take you there.
  • Rent a car: There is a convenient place near the train station to rent a car for the day. In fact, it’s just a few steps outside the door to the train station. It’ll cost around 40€ to rent a car for a day. We recommend using Expedia to book your rental car .

If you’re staying overnight in Reims, you’ll quickly learn that there isn’t a huge selection of hotels. We stayed at  Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix . If you’re looking for a more luxury stay, try the  Chateau Les Crayeres .

⇒ Be sure to check out our list of the drinks you should try in France . There’s so much more to enjoy beyond the Champagne.

See the map below for directions to your Reims Champagne tours.

Once you’ve visited a few of these top Champagne tours in Reims, you’ll have a much better understanding of how Champagne is made and the history behind the industry and their unique stories.

It’s a great way to expand your knowledge of the craft and appreciate it even more than you probably already do. If you have a favorite Champagne house you want to share with our readers, leave us a comment!

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Thank you so much for this perfect trip plan! Sooooo helpful 🙂

Glad you found it useful!

Thank you so much for your tips! Were there any bakeries nearby to grab a snack or light lunch between tastings? I seem to only be able to see these closer to the train yet am keen to do both Pommery & Veuve tastings (and will clearly needs some food between these!)

There are a few cheese shops and bakeries in town, but not right near the Champagne houses. I would recommend picking up some cheese, bread, pastries and taking them with you, so you don’t have to find something in between.

We’re planning an overnight in Reims next month – do you have any favorite places for dinner?

We really enjoyed L’Atelier and L’Alambic, which has a fun environment.

Are children (age 13) allowed on these tours? Thanks so much for the article! Very helpful.

Yes, they are allowed.

Do you have to book a tour or can you just show up and do a tasting? We are planning a day trip for Christmas Eve. We have a tour and tasting booked for Veuve Clicquot but wanted to be able to try one or two others without doing the tour.

For most places you need to book a tour. Not many just do tastings. However, if they do you would still likely need to make a reservation for Christmas Eve. Send them an email and ask what they offer. Veuve Clicquot is actually one that offers just tastings.

Great information, thank you for your detail! I’m planning a visit, but having trouble locating information for a tour at Laurent Perrier. Do you happen to know if they do tours?!

Hi Ashley, I think that tours may be closed to the public at this time. I couldn’t find any current tour information either.

We are considering doing some biking while visiting. Question…should we do Reims on foot one day and bike to Epernay day 2? Or, would a bike in the city be an asset or a hinderance? We wish to do lots of champagne tasting and plan on visiting both areas. We are only there two full days.

Melissa, I think a bike would be a great asset in both places. If only one day, I would bike around Reims and walk around Epernay, but you can definitely bike both. It’s about a 28-mile cycle between and easy roads.

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There is no denying that champagne has long been a choice of drink for the wealthy and powerful. But when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided in 2015 that parts of France’s Champagne region, along with its champagne houses and cellars, should be on its World Heritage list, it wasn’t to acknowledge the glamorous status of bubbly drinks consumed by party-goers with deep pockets. This northeast region of France is worthy of attention for its long history of wine-making and story of resilience through the First World War.  

Pastoral setting of the champagne region

Since King Clovis (a.k.a. “The first king of France”) was baptized in Reims Cathedral in AD 496 and the occasion was celebrated with the wines produced in the Champagne region, the area has been associated with the French monarchs. The effervescent drink that we know today as champagne wasn’t developed until the end of the 17th century, thanks to the efforts and expertise of wine masters such as Dom Pérignon. Sparkling wine became sought-after among the kings and emperors of France and its popularity quickly spread to other courts of Europe, which started using the drink for royal celebrations and the launching of ships.  

It’s difficult to truly understand the nature of this privileged drink without visiting champagne houses in the region. While the “terroir” gives the character to grapes and the aging process brings out the flavor, it’s really each house’s different philosophies and formulas for mixing and using three types of grapes -- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier -- that create unique champagne tastes.  

Here are some of the champagne houses, big and small, old and new for those wanting to tour and learn about the history and essence of champagne.

1. Billecart Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Vallée de la Marne

It was founded in 1818 when wine merchant Nicolas François Billecart married Elizabeth Salmon, who owned a vineyard. Now in the sixth generation, it produces 2 million bottles per year, selling in about 90 countries around the world, the United States being the largest market. The champagne produced with grapes grown in the 15 hectares of vineyard is only sold through Michelin-starred and luxury hotel restaurants.

Francois Roland-Billecart, current manager and the sixth generation of the family, still lives on site, which is rare even in the region where tradition is key. When you visit the house, take a peek at the perfectly manicured “secret” walled garden where you’ll find a harmonious arrangement of lime trees, boxwood, and a carpet-like lawn accentuated with colorful flower beds. This garden, which conveys the air of class, elegance and finesse, gives you a clue about what type of champagne they strive to produce.

Brut Rose is the house’s bestseller. This award-winning cuvée has been made for nearly 200 years since the foundation of the house. The blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier gained popularity because of its delicate red berry flavor.

The most special of their entire collection is Le Clos Saint-Hilaire, named after the patron saint of the church of Mareuil-sur-Ay, white wine produced using only Pinot Noir. Since it was first introduced in 2003, no more than 7,000 bottles are made each year, with each bottle numbered.

During the visit you can go into the 3-kilometer cellar where over 5 million bottles are stored. It was built in the 19th century on a site that had existed from the 17th century.

For enquires, click on https://www.champagne-billecart.fr/contact

40, rue Carnot, 51160 Mareuil-Sur-Ay

Tel: +33 (0)3 26 52 60 22

Impeccably manicured garden at Billecart-Salmon

2. J de Telmont in Damery

J de Telmont stands out for being one of the most personal and friendly houses of all -- rarity in a region where maintaining a low profile and keeping centuries-old secrets is the rule.. Even though the house was founded in 1912 by Henri Lhopital and the current business is already in the hands of the fourth generation, it maintains a modern and open relationship with consumers.

During  the harvest in September, the vineyard is open to the public so visitors can walk in and watch what’s happening in the fields. They run a workshop for 12-15 people in a space near the pressers, overlooking the valley. During the workshop, they organize a champagne and cheese tasting and talk about food pairings. They also offer visitors the opportunity to create personalized bottles by tasting and blending wines to make their own champagne. It’s often popular for special gifts.

While staying true to the family tradition, the company also looks forward. The current owner, Bertrand Lhopital, was an agricultural engineering major in university and is passionate about the relatively new project he’s embarked on. They have more than 5 hectares of biodynamic  (similar to organic but more holistic) land which keeps growing in size. For him, champagne production is not about making mass produced commodities but creating personal experience for each customer.

“At the end of the day, champagne is about experiencing pleasure the moment you open a bottle,” says Lhopital. He’s weary of the status the drink currently occupies in society. “Most people don’t really know about champagne. They know it’s a kind of fancy drink but don’t understand the essence of it,” which is another reason why he opens the door to the public and runs “Ateliers Champagne” while most big houses only receive VIP guests.

They offer a variety of entertaining and educational workshops.

For enquires and reservations, contac t [email protected] or http://www.champagne-de-telmont.com/fr/atelier-degustation-champagne.html

1 Avenue de Champagne, 51480 Damery

Tel: +33 (0)3 26 58 40 33

3. Nicolas Feuillatte in Chouilly

As you enter the grounds of Nicolas Feuillatte you’re stuck by the size of the complex of buildings and its surrounding vineyards. It gives you a glimpse of the business-forward nature of the company. The house is unapologetically industrial and decisively modern. It’s not hard to guess that here you’ll witness a modern production of the old bubbly drink.

When you look at the numbers in the champagne industry in 2016 alone, €4.7 billion worth of champagne was produced in the region, €2.6 billion of which was for export. The champagne-making business has become too serious and lucrative to rely on the old-fashioned method of production.

Nicolas Feuillatte is the oldest and largest co-op -- a group of growers and suppliers of grapes -- in the Champagne region, with 5,000 growers. It’s also the third largest brand in the world in terms of sales after Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, which produce 30 and 17 million bottles a year, respectively. Geographically, it has the broadest access to growers, producing over 11 million bottles a year for 90 countries worldwide.

Quite impressive given that it was only founded in 1987 and is the youngest of the Grandes Maisons in Champagne. According to Julie Campos, CEO of the company, the key to success is that Nicolas Feuillatte strives to be a “dynamic brand.” Instead of keeping a distance between consumers and growers, the brand followed the changing consumer pattern during the 1980s and 1990s which saw the emergence of mega supermarkets. By making them available at these large grocery stores -- rather than only exclusive wine sellers -- the brand became approachable and rapid growth followed.

Their non-vintage brut is the most popular product but Palmes d’Or in the recognizable 80’s black embossed bottle is sought-after for special occasions. Its magnum bottles, for about 10 people (costing €1,500), are popular at corporate functions, family get-togethers and end of the year celebrations.

When you book a visit they give you a “backstage tour” of champagne production which includes a showing of the winery and a visit to rooms for alcoholic fermentation.

For enquires, click on   http://www.nicolas-feuillatte.com/en/visits/visite-the-cvcnf

CD 40A - "PLUMECOQ", 51530 CHOUILLY

Tel: +33 (0)3 26 59 64 61

Stainless steel vats at Nicolas Feuillatte -- modern production of champagne

4. Veuve Clicquot in Reims

The house was founded i n 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron,  a textile trader with a small vineyard, when he married a wine merchant’s daughter. The founder’s son François married Barbe, a daughter of Baron Nicolas Ponsardin in 1798. When François unexpectedly died, Madame Clicquot took over the business, hence Veuve (“widow” in French) Clicquot. With her at the helm, this champagne house flourished.

Passionate and innovative, she’s credited with having invented riddling rack to clarify champagne and created the rosé Champagne recipe, which is used by most modern champagne houses today. Before Madame Clicquot started using red pinot noir wine, rosé had been made with elderberry juice added to white Champagne.

Part of LVMH ( Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy ) since 1987, the inside of the house is sleek and sophisticated. For its history and legacy, it’s worth arranging a visit, especially for a tour of the crayères (chalk cellars). This labyrinth of ancient quarries dating back from the Middle Ages started being used from 1909 as wine cellars. Situated on the Saint-Nicaise hills, 20 meters underground, it stretches 24 kilometers (15 miles), maintaining the temperature between 10-12 celsius and over 90% humidity from winter to spring.

During war times the purpose of the cellars surpassed that of mere storage space. A faint Red Cross sign for the infirmary on the damp chalk walls indicates part of the history of this awe-inspiring space as a shelter during the World War I. Visitors can also appreciate a relief of Bacchus, depicting the allegory of the region of Champagne, created a few years before the war.

Also special is a display of an antique bottle found in 2010 from the Föglö wreck. In 2010, 46 Veuve Clicquot bottles were recovered from the first diving expedition to the 19th century vessel laid at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near the Åland Islands in Finland. The bottle in the house’s crayères is currently on a loan from the gove rnment of Åland.

For a visit of the cellar go to the website, https://www.veuveclicquot.com/en-gb/public-cellar-tour

1, Place des droits de l’Homme, 51100 Reims

Tel: +33 (0)3 26 89 53 90

Madame Clicquot is credited with having invented riddling rack to clarify champagne

Ancient chalk cellars were used as a shelter during the First World War

5. Laurent-Perrier in the town of Tours-sur-Marne

In 1812, André-Michel Pierlot, a former bottler decided to produce his own Champagne and settle in the town of Tours-sur-Marne. The house was passed down to his son Alphonse but without a heir, it was taken over by the cellar master Eugène Laurent. When he died in 1887 his wife Mathilde Perrier took charge of the business and named the house “Laurent-Perrier.”

But it’s really the current owners’ (two sisters, Alexandra and Stéphanie) father Bernard de Nonancourt who set the character of the house. In modern champagne making, the use of stainless steel containers is essential and Nonancourt -- to everyone’s horror at the time -- was the first in the region to abandon oak barrels and use only stainless steel vats for consistent temperature control, freshness of taste and hygiene.

Laurent-Perrier is also the only house producing rosé wine with Pinot Noir by maceration while other houses make it by blending different types of grapes. To keep the flavor fresh and elegant, more than 50% of their wines (except rosé) use only Chardonnay.

Ever since Prince Charles fell in love with their Cuvée Rosé in 1979, Laurent-Perrier has been his favorite champagne. As the only Champagne house holding a royal warrant from The Prince of Wales, Laurent-Perrier is often served at major British events with a connection to the royal family.

The house looks like a manoir and the cellar that stretches 9 miles containing over 25 million bottles is quite a sight, but currently it’s only open to VIPs and industry professionals. When I spoke to the house representatives they said that public visits might be under consideration after an extensive refurbishment of the house. Something to keep in mind.

51150 Tours-sur-Marne

http://www.laurent-perrier.com/en/

Prince's choice -- Cuvée Rosé is Prince Charles' favorite champagne

Cuvée Rosé tastes distinctively fresh and fruity.

6. Ruinart in Reims

The story goes that it all started with Dom Ruinart, a Benedictine monk with a sharp mind who left his hometown of Champagne for Paris to study theology in the Abbey of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. With an observational eye for social changes, he was convinced that a new bubbly wine would be in demand, a vision which was passed down to his nephew, Nicolas Ruinart who in 1729 founded what is now the oldest established champagne house in the world.

A keen businessman, Nicolas Ruinart’s mission to create a new kind of wine with bubbles -- it was before they started calling it champagne -- quickly became successful and the French king, Louis XVIII granted the family a court of arms which has been present on the label since 1817.

The 2,000 year old quarries have been used as wine cellars since the foundation of the house. Stretching 8 kilometers in length, it’s been a historical monument since 1931 and one of the most impressive cellars in the region. The cathedral-like solemn crayères was also where André Ruinart ran the business after the offices were bombarded by Germans during the First World War.

Note that the crayères will be closed for maintenance from November 2017 to March 2018.

https://www.ruinart.com/en-uk/maison-ruinart/visits

4 rue des Crayeres, 51100

Tel: +33 3 26 77 51 51

HOW TO GET THERE :

If you fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris take a direct TGV train to Champagne-Ardenne, which takes half an hour. If you start your journey in Paris, there’s a train from Gare de l’Est which will take you to Reims and Epernay in 45 minutes.

Rolling hills of the Champagne region

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13 Top Champagne Houses in Epernay France You’ll Love

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 16/02/2024

Nestled in the picturesque champagne region of France, just a stone’s throw away from Paris, is the charming town of Epernay. It’s a must-visit destination for any wine enthusiast, as it is home to some of the world’s most prestigious champagne houses. Surrounded by rolling hills, ancient churches, and lush vineyards, Epernay provides a beautiful vista for  drinking bubbles. 

But how do you decide which of the great champagne houses in Epernay to visit? In this guide I’ll give you a quick overview of how to get to and get around Epernay and then we’ll get right into the top 13 Epernay champagne houses, what makes each one unique and your options for a champagne tasting. And I’ll give you my top three recommendations for the best champagne houses in Epernay.

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  • Getting to Epernay and Getting Around

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13 Top Champagne Houses in Epernay

My top 3 picks, champagne houses on the famous avenue de champagne, 2. villa signolle, 3. moët & chandon, 4. perrier-jouet, 5. chateau comtesse lafond, 6. champagne de venoge, champagne houses in epernay but not on champagne avenue, 7. jacquinot et fils , 8. champagne de castellane, 9. champagne alfred gratien, champagne houses around epernay, 10. pressoria, 11. gaston chiquet, 12. champagne le gallais, 13. lancelot royer, my top tips for visiting epernay:.

Epernay train station is on the high-speed TGV train line to Paris and it takes just over one hour to get between the two. The largest town in Champagne, Reims, is on the same train line. Trains between Epernay and Reims run roughly once an hour and take about 20 minutes.

The train stations for both Epernay and Reims are only a short walk from the town centers, so train travel is a great option to get to and around Epernay. 

There are some great  hotels in Epernay  but many people choose to stay in the larger Reims. There are lots of  interesting things to do in Reims  plus there are some good hotels. I have chosen to stay in Reims on both of my visits to Champagne and have then visited Epernay by train. This option worked well for me.

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By car, Epernay is easily accessible via well-maintained highways. Take the A4 motorway from Paris east towards Reims, then exit onto the D951 road towards Epernay. Depending on traffic, the drive should take about an hour and a half. From Reims, it’s a quick 30-minute trip along the D951 as well.

I also used uber during my stay and I generally didn’t have to wait too long for rides. However, Uber availability and costs can fluctuate extensively.

Once you arrive in Epernay, getting around the city is a breeze. The town is relatively small, so walking is often the easiest way to move between champagne houses and cellar visits.

If it is a special occasion you might want to look at private tours like  hiring your own guide/driver  to take you around Epernay. 

It is also very easy to visit Epernay as a day trip to Paris. Book your train tickets and champagne tastings or go on one of these  organised day trips from Paris to Champagne.

#1 TOP PICK

mercier

Champagne Mercier ✔️ Unique Tour ✔️ Great Value ✔️ Delicious Champagne

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Moet & Chandon ✔️ Most Famous Name ✔️ Wow Tour ✔️ Stunning Courtyard

villa signole

Villa Signolle ✔️ Boutique Experience ✔️ Blanc de Blanc Expertise ✔️ Taste in a 19th century villa

Yes, believe it or not, there is an actual  Avenue of champagne in Epernay,  and the street is home to some of the most famous names in bubbles. The Avenue de Champagne begins in the heart of Epernay and his home to houses such as Moet, Pol Roger, Perrier Jouet and many more. 

champagne ave epernay

Unsurprisingly, it is a beautiful street and a lovely stroll experience. The architectural style of the houses on Champagne Avenue is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also highly convenient as it means all of the champagne houses on Avenue de Champagne are within walking distance of each other and within walking distance of the center of Epernay and Epernay station. 

I will divide this article into the champagne houses on the actual Avenue and then those houses that are in Epernay but may require some transport beyond your feet.

Champagne Mercier began producing champagne in 1858. The doors to its grand old cellars in Epernay swung open in 1869, and today, in my opinion, it is one of the best champagne-tasting experiences in the region. Here is why I liked it so much:

  • the unique mini train that takes visitors through 18 kilometres of underground wine cellars
  • the tunnels also feature sculptures by Gustave Navlet
  • The giant Mercier Cask – this huge champagne barrel was drawn by 24 oxen from Epernay to Paris in 1889. 
  • In my opinion, this was one of the best value champagne tastings in Epernay.
  • And of course I enjoyed the champagne!

mercier

There are two tasting options at Mercier:

  • Mercier Duo: tour the cellars and taste two glasses of Mercier champagne with a sommelier. 
  • Golden Bubbles: As above but with three glasses of Mercier champagne. 

Address: 68 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30-12, 2-430 

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The roots of Villa Signolle-Champagne Michel Gonet weave back to the 19th century. Villa Signolle made a name for itself with its outstanding Blanc de Blancs champagne. This means champagne that has been made with only white grapes eg no pinot noir. 

I really enjoyed my tasting at Villa Signolle because it was more like visiting someone’s beautiful home than a tasting. The tasting room is actually one of the salons of their 19th-century villa or on the flowery terrace depending on the weather. This is a much more sedate and charming champagne-tasting experience. 

Tasting Options:

  • Taste three blends (including two blanc de blancs) in a 90 minute tasting
  • Blind wine-tasting game. Taste six different cuvees and finish with a blind tasting of one of the six. Can your palate remember? 90 minute tasting.

villla signole

Address: 37 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Monday-Sunday 11-6:30

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In 1842, Moët uncorked its first-ever vintage of champagne wines and by the 1860s, their Brut Imperial was the toast of the town. With the largest patch of vines in Champagne and about 30 million bottles aging in 28 kilometers of cellars, Moet is of course arguably the most famous name in champagne with a rich history.

Unsurprisingly, Moet et Chandon offer some of the more expensive tasting options in Epernay. It is possible to visit the courtyard at Moet et Chandon and get a photo with a statue of Dom Perignon and not visit the most famous champagne house in the world, but how many times will you realistically be in Epernay?

moet in epernay

  • The Signature Experience: 90 minutes with an overview of Moet et Chandon from a house ambassador. Taste two champagnes and compare, including the house’s latest vintage (the second champagne will be non-vintage).
  • Grand Vintage Tour: 90 minutes including a cellar tour and a tasting of two vintage champagnes in a private tasting lounge.
  • A La Volee: This two hour tour offers a unique experience: tasting two vintage moet champagnes that have just been disgorged. A third glass of vintage champagne is included in the tour.  

Address: 20 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Mon-Sunday 9:30-6, close at 11:30 on Mondays

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It seems appropriate that Perrrier-Jouet began in 1811 with a love affair between Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adélaïde Jouët. They are known for their slightly more floral, Chardonnay-led blends and, of course, their beautiful bottles. 

perrier jouet bar champagne houses in epernay

If you visit Perrier-Jouet in summer, they often have a pop-up cafe in their beautiful courtyard, which is well worth visiting.

There are two tasting options:

  • Art of Chardonnay: Taste two champagne blends in a one-hour tasting
  • Art of Vintage: A guided tasting of the latest vintages from the house. 

perrier jouet

Address: 26 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Thursday-Monday 11:30-8:30 (closed Tue & Wed)

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Comtesse Lafond started this family-owned brand in the 1800s, and today, it is run by her great-great-grandchild, Baron de Ladoucette. This is one of the smaller producers in Epernay, which makes for a more personalised experience. It is also housed in a spectacular castle on Champagne Avenue.

comtesse lafond epernay

This is also one of the only champagne houses in Epernay that offers a saber experience (the opportunity to learn and experience removing a champagne cork with a sword).

comtesse lafond epernay

Tasting Options

There are three options for tastings 

  • Taste 3 cuvees and take a tour of the chateau
  • Taste 3 different champagnes in three different locations on the property and experience a sabrage of your own (the cork being removed from the champagne with a knife) 
  • Taste three different champagnes in the Comtess Lafond showroom.

Address: 79 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Monday-Sunday 11-1, 2-6

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Champagne de Venoge traces its origins to the ambition and vision of Henri-Marc de Venoge, who, in 1837, left his native Switzerland for the rolling hills of Champagne with the dream of creating his own eponymous champagne house. 

de venoge

The brand’s pioneering spirit was evidenced by Henri-Marc’s son, Joseph de Venoge, who would later introduce the notable “Cordon Bleu” label — a symbol of excellence that endures within the brand’s identity to this day.

de venoge

The house was previously a 19th-century stable and is home to a champagne bar that can be visited at any time. 

  • Tasting of Cordon Bleu Brut and Princes (two glasses) (with and without cheese options) lasting 30 minutes.
  • Princes tasting: 2 flutes from the Princes range (with and without a tuna and sardine platter) lasting 30 minutes.

Address: 33 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Monday-Sunday 10-5 (hours may be extended in summer)

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The story of Jacquinot et Fils begins with Pierre Jacquinot, who, alongside his two sons, Jacques and Jean-Guy, officially established the brand in 1947 in the aftermath of World War II. However, the Jacquinot family’s roots in the Champagne region trace deeper, with their winemaking prowess honed over several generations, dating back to the 1920s when Pierre began selling his still wines from Epernay.

champagne-jacquinot-fils

The house is home to one of the deepest cellars in Epernay, located 20 meters underground. This chalk cellar was dug by hand in 1873.

the-tasting-room jacquinot et fils

90 minute tour through the champagne-making process with a tasting of three non-vintage champagnes.

Address: 36 Rue Maurice Cerveaux, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat and Sun 1030-5

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Champagne de Castellane was founded in 1895 by nobleman Viscount Florens de Castellane. The viscount, known for his flamboyance and an eye for branding, chose the red cross of Saint Andrew, a symbol of the ancient province of Champagne, as the emblem to adorn his bottles, ensuring that his champagnes would be instantly recognizable.

de castellane

This Epernay Champagne house rapidly gained notoriety, not only for its exceptional bubbly but also for the iconic “Tower Castellane,” which was completed in 1905 and became a brand symbol. This remarkable structure, which soars above the vineyards of Épernay, offers panoramic views of the region and is one of the landmarks of Epernay.

de castellane

  • Cellar Tour with one glass of champagne over 60 minutes
  • Cellar Tour and Tower (reservation necessary) Visit the famous Tower Castellane and enjoy two glasses of cuvee over 90 minutes

Address: 63 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Monday-Sunday 10-12, 2-6

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Champagne Alfred Gratien was founded in 1864 when Alfred Gratien, at the age of 23, established his eponymous Champagne house in Épernay. The house is known for its dedication to aging its champagnes much longer than the minimum requirements, with non-vintage bottles resting on their lees for about three years, and vintage champagnes even longer, often reaching up to 10 years.

alfred gratien

  • Tour and Tasting Discovery includes two glasses of vintage champagne and takes 90 minutes
  • Tour and Tasting L’Empreinte includes four glasses of champagne and takes 90 minutes
  • The Alfred Gratien style is two glasses of cuvee and takes 30 minutes
  • Champagne and Cheese workshop includes four tastings and four cheeses over 60 minutes

Address: 30 Rue Maurice Cerveaux, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 (closed Sunday and Monday)

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Pressoria isn’t actually a champagne house. It is a sensory interpretation center housed in a former Pommery pressing center in the town of Ay near Epernay. If you want to understand more about the process of making champagne, this is a great option. It’s a full-on exploration of the region’s sparkling heritage—from the grand old presses to the intricate craft of fermentation. 

pressoria-a-la-penombre

In addition to an immersive tour through 10 rooms, you’ll be given a guided tasting of two glasses of champagne. 

Address: 11 Bd Pierre Cheval, 51160 Aÿ-Champagne, France Opening Hours: Friday-Wednesday 930-630 (Closed Thursdays)

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Champagne Gaston Chiquet carved out its place in champagne history when Gaston Chiquet registered the brand in 1919, but the family’s roots in the vineyards of the Vallée de la Marne stretch back to as early as 1746. 

gaston-chiquet-champagne

It was Gaston, alongside his brothers Fernand and Marcel, who took the bold step of becoming one of the first growers in the region to produce their own champagne, setting a new precedent for what would become the esteemed Récoltant-Manipulant (RM), or Grower Champagne movement, where producers craft champagne solely from their own vineyards.

They own prime parcels in the villages of Dizy, Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and Hautvillers. Their champagnes have a particular emphasis on Pinot Meunier. Today, the tradition continues with the family’s eighth generation.

Taste two cuvees and one vintage champagne over one hour. 

Address: 912 Avenue Gén Leclerc. 51530 Dizy Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6 (closed Sundays)

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Back in 1927, Charlotte Morgain Le Gallais ‘ grandad, Hachod Fringhian, got his hands on the Clos du Château de Boursault, a patch that once was part of Madame Veuve Clicquot’s empire. Fast forward through five generations and you’ve got Charlotte at the helm, overseeing seven unique plots that make up a slice of the family’s vineyards, all perched with a view over the Marne valley.

le gallais

  • Tour and Tasting Le Gallais Experience with three glasses of vintage champagne over 90 minutes.
  • Tasting of Three Cuvees over 30 minutes
  • Initiation to Sabrage where you learn to open your own bottle with a sword 

Address: 2 Rue Gilbert Maurice, 51480 Boursault, France Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 930-530 (closed Sunday and Monday)

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The roots of Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer are deeply entrenched in the chalky soils of Cramant, a Grand Cru village in the Côte des Blancs known for producing some of the finest Chardonnay grapes in all of Champagne. The house was created in 1960 by Pierre Lancelot and then resumed by his daughter and her husband. 

The tour and tasting includes two glasses of champagne over one hour. 

Address: 540 Rue du Général de Gaulle, 51530 Cramant, France (About 20 km south of Epernay) Hours: Monday-Sunday 10-12, 2-5 (Except Sunday when it is closed in the afternoon)

➡️ Book Your Visit to Lancelot Royer

  • Book all of your tastings ahead of time particularly if you are visiting on a weekend or during the summer
  • Check out my guide to  Visiting Champagne France  before your trip
  • If you’re interested in staying in Epernay, check out my guide to the  best hotels in Epernay.
  • If it is a special occasion why not get  your own private tour guide to take you around Epernay  and the surrounding area?
  • If you’re looking for some good French brasseries that won’t break the bank, I recommend  L’Oben  and  Le P’tit Champenois.  I have had excellent meals at both.
  • There are several really cute wine bars in the heart of Epernay that offer wine tasting and opportunities to purchase champagne. I really liked  La Fine Bulle.
  • If you are thinking about staying in Reims you might want to read my guide on the  top things to do in Reims , best champagne houses in Reims  and my guide to the  best hotels in Reims.

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I covered all of the costs involved in putting together this guide to champagne houses in Epernay. However, this article does contain affiliate links. That means if you click through on some of the links and end up making a purchase I may receive a small commission.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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Best Champagne Houses in Epernay, France

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Champagne in Epernay

Épernay is a small city located in the historical Champagne-Ardenne region, today part of the Grand Est region . While the city of Reims is the capital of the Champagne region, Épernay is the capital of champagne wine, a must-stop for wine connoisseurs because of the collection of esteemed champagne producers in town. 

Épernay is best known for the Avenue de Champagne , a famous street of prestigious champagne producers and the best place to shop for bubbly.

The Avenue de Champagne in Épernay is nicknamed the world’s richest avenue because of the millions of bottles of luxury champagne brands stored in the cellars underground. Many of the best champagne houses in Epernay are located along this elegant street.

Épernay is the perfect destination for a Champagne day trip from Paris . From the French capital, you can be champagne-tasting in Epernay in 1 hour and 20 minutes by train or 1 hour and 35 minutes by car! Go on reading for the best Epernay champagne houses to visit.

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READ MORE: one of the most famous French drinks , check out these fun facts about the champagne wine

Champagne Tasting in Epernay Trip Planning

Book your train tickets to Epernay .

If you visit Epernay as part of a Champagne road trip , compare car rental companies and get the best price with DiscoverCars . If this is your first time in France by car, check out our tips for renting a car in France .

For self-guided champagne trips , book the visits to your favorite champagne houses in Epernay well in advance with RueDesVignerons . RueDesVignerons is the number 1 platform in France for wine and spirits experiences. Compare champagne houses and tours, read customer reviews, and book your wine experiences with the best price guaranteed – Click here to book with RueDesVignerons

For a total champagne experience , book your stay at the boutique hotel Le 25bis by Leclerc Briant . Located at the Avenue Champagne, enjoy champagne breakfasts every day from one of the most prestigious champagne producers!

Do you prefer touring the best champagne houses in Epernay with an expert guide? No problem! Here are the best Champagne tours in Epernay from Paris:

  • Champagne, Epernay, and family-run wineries tour
  • Small-group champagne day trip with 6 tastings
  • Small-group champagne day trip with 8 tastings and lunch
  • Vintage champagne tour with lunch and tastings
  • Moët & Chandon champagne tour with tastings and lunch

Best Epernay Champagne Houses to Visit

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Visiting one of the great champagne houses in Epernay is one of the top things to do in the capital of champagne wine. Located on the Avenue de Champagne or nearby, you will be spoilt for choice to visit and tour one of these impressive 19th-century mansions and their kilometers of cellars.

While we strongly recommend visiting the small champagne producers, with excellent “auteur wines,” the big champagne houses will allow you to see the unique underground cellars dug at the end of the 17th century and taste some of the most iconic champagne wines.

Where to find good champagne in Épernay? Here’s the list of the best champagne houses Epernay has to offer and their most popular proposals for champagne tasting in Epernay. Enjoy!

TIP:  If you plan to buy a few bottles of champagne in Epernay (who could resist?!),  make sure you pack your wine properly  so it arrives safely home!

1. Moët & Chandon

  • Address: 20 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay
  • Wine prices: 60€ – 200€

Moët & Chandon was founded in 1743 by a wine merchant, Claud Moët. This world-famous champagne house in Epernay has the largest network of underground cellars (28 km) in the Champagne region.

Pinot Noir, the Meunier, and Chardonnay form the basis of Moët-Chandon champagnes. This is the world’s largest, perhaps most famous, champagne house, producing 30 million bottles annually.

Some of Moët & Chandon’s tours include:

  • Signature -1 hour 30 minutes, cellar tour, 2 tastings
  • The Imperial Moment – 1 hour 30 minutes, a tour of the biggest cellar, 2 tastings
  • Grand Vintage – 1 hour 30 minutes, cellar tour, 2 tastings
  • Moët Collection – 2 hours, cellar tour, maximum six people, 2 tastings
  • À la Volée – 2 hours, cellar tour, champagne demonstration, Grand Vintage tasting, 2 vintage tastings
  • Terroir Treasures – 2 hours 30 minutes, cellar and vineyard tour, 2 tastings

Click here to see all the tour descriptions and prices

  • Address: 68 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay
  • Wine prices: 40€ – 40€

The Champagne Mercier House dates back to 1858 and was founded by 20-year-old Eugene Mercier. Despite his age, Mercier had big plans to revolutionize the champagne industry.

Some of their most popular champagnes include Blanc de Noirs and Brut Rosé, but Brut Mercier remains the House’s most authentic and elegant choice. As you descend into the 18km network of cellars, you will be amazed. There are more than rows and rows of champagne bottles; the walls are decorated with sculptures. All of Mercier’s tours include the famous cellar mini-train ride at no additional cost.

Mercier’s champagne tours are:

  • Exploring the Vineyards – 2 hours, a tour of cellars and vineyard, 2 tastings
  • Bubble Talk – 1 hour 30 minutes, cellar tour, 3 tastings

3. Nicolas Feuillatte

  • Address: Plumecoq, CD 40A, Chouilly (4.5 km from Epernay center)
  • Wine prices: 17€ – 57€

Just under 5km from Avenue de Champagne is Nicolas Feuillatte . The ultra-modern aesthetic of this Epernay champagne house reflects the house’s infancy and founding in 1972. The champagne experience at Nicolas Feuillatte is unique, fun, and educational.

Nicolas Feuillatte is often cited as the most popular champagne brand in France, as the highest-selling label across French supermarkets in 2022. Their most iconic champagne is the rich Réserve Exclusive Brut, which matures for three years.

Nicolas Feuillatte offers some of the best champagne tours in Épernay:

  • Beginner’s Guide – guided tour, 1 tasting
  • To Discover – guided tour, 2 tastings
  • To Compare – guided tour, 3 tastings
  • Blind Tasting Workshop – guided tour 3 champagne grapes, 3 tastings, mystery cuvées
  • Hop On! – private pick up from Epernay train station, guided tour, 3 tastings

4. Champagne Comtesse Lafond

  • Address: 79 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay
  • Wine prices: 20€ – 60€

Another of Avenue de Champagne’s houses is Champagne Comtesse Lafond . This stunning château was the home of Countess Lafond, who began developing wines and champagnes in the 19th century.

Their dry Champagne Comtesse Lafond Brut is one of their most popular champagnes, which comprises Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.

They might be one of the smaller champagne houses in Epernay, but this makes for a more intimate experience. To top it off, they are one of the only houses that offer the saber experience (slicing the top of the champagne bottle with a sword).

Champagne Comtesse Lafond’s tour offer includes:

  • Showroom Tasting – 30 minutes, 3 cuvées tastings
  • Cellar Tour and Tasting – 1 hour, property tour, 3 cuvées tastings
  • Sabrage Tour and Tasting – 1 hour, property and cellar tour

5. Pol Roger

  • Address: 32 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay

Pol Roger is between Moët & Chandon and Mercier on Avenue de Champagne. Pol Roger is still owned and run by descendants of Pol Roger, who started his champagne house in 1849. It may be one of the smaller Épernay champagne houses, but it still produces around 110,000 cases yearly.

One of the House’s most prestigious labels is Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, a homage to Winston Churchill’s love of Pol Roger since 1908.

Often, some of the most prestigious wine producers don’t open their doors to the public, and that’s the case with Pol Roger. Indeed, this is the only one on this list of champagne houses in Epernay that can’t be visited, but when you walk along the Avenue de Champagne, the building is beautiful to see from the outside!

6. Maison Perrier-Jouët

  • Address: 26 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay
  • Wine prices: 50€ – 500€

The Maison Perrier-Jouët was born in 1811 after the union of Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adelaïde Jouët, two entrepreneurs passionate about champagne wines. Perrier-Jouët House quickly identified the potential of Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs. Since then, Chardonnay has become the House’s signature grape variety, giving birth to the floral and delicate style for which Perrier-Jouët champagnes are renowned worldwide.

When in Epernay, try one of these tours: 

  • Art of Chardonnay – 1 hour, guided tour with 2 cuvées tastings
  • Art of Vintage– 1 hour, guided tour with tastings of its vintage cuvées

7. Champagne Jacquinot et Fils

  • Address: 36 Rue Maurice Cerveaux, Épernay
  • Wine prices: 30€

Around 650 metres from Avenue de Champagne is Champagne Jacquinot et Fils . This small champagne house in Épernay is best known for its Private Cuvée, with bold and acidic flavors.

The family estate dates back to the 17th century, but it was in 1918 when Pierre Jacquinot first developed the vineyard. The estate is known for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier in its vineyards. Today, winemakers still manually press the grapes on a press that dates back to 1929.

Champagne Jacquinot et Fils is the best champagne house to visit on this list, according to RueDesVignerons’ users. Explore one of the deepest cellars of the champagne houses on this tour:

  • Tour and Tasting – 90 minutes, 3 tastings

And there you have it, the list of the best champagne houses Epernay has to offer for a day full of bubbles. Which Epernay champagne house would you like to visit during your Champagne trip?

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How to Visit the Epernay Champagne Houses in France

Home to the world’s most famous and exquisite Champagne houses, Epernay is the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the Champagne region in northeastern France, this charming town offers an unforgettable experience.

We were not sure what to expect before our first trip to Epernay, but we were very pleasantly surprised by how simple it was to get around, to walk between Champagne houses, and just how much Champagne we’d be drinking! You seriously have to pace yourself on the Avenue of Champagne.

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In this blog post, we will share everything you need to know about visiting the Epernay Champagne houses – where to taste, how to get there, tips for your visit, where to eat, and where to stay. So, pop the cork and get ready to immerse yourself in the sparkling world of Champagne!

When planning a visit to Epernay, it is important to research the Champagne houses in advance to ensure you can visit the ones you want to visit. We have a really easy tool for booking your appointments below.

Each Champagne house offers unique tours and tastings. We’ve been to all of these houses and have offered our thoughts and recommendations below.

Planning your trip to Epernay?

  • Rent a car from the Paris airport through Discover Cars to drive to Epernay or take the train from Paris.

Where to Stay in Epernay:

  • Le Suites du 33 – Located at 33 Avenue de Champagne, easy walking distance of everything, and right next to Champagne de Venoge.
  • La Villa Eugène – 5-star luxury hotel with roundtrip airport shuttle, terrace, and garden

Best Tours and Experiences in Epernay:

  • Epernay and Vineyards with Champagne Tasting – Visit 3 Champagne houses, where you’ll try a variety of champagnes. There’s also an included three-course lunch. (8 hours)
  • Epernay full day tour with lunch – Visit 2 Champagne houses, visit Hautvillers where Dom Perignon created Champagne, plus lunch and a tasting class. (8 hours)

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How to Visit Epernay Champagne Houses

Visiting Champagne houses in Epernay is not only a great way to learn about the history and production of Champagne, but it is also an opportunity to explore the city and its surroundings. The Avenue de Champagne is an easy walking road that contains many of the major houses and it’s very simple to walk between them.

Self-Guided Tour

I usually prefer to do self-guided touring when I visit wine regions because it gives me the greatest flexibility and I actually really like researching and choosing the wineries I want to go to.

While there is a little more work involved because you have to set up all the tours yourself, there are tools that will help make this super easy. The one I use is called  Rue des Vignerons . It’s a French website that makes booking wine appointments super easy.

You can book online up to 30 minutes before and your appointment is confirmed instantly. This is the website I used to book all of my Champagne tasting appointments.

In our descriptions below, I will give you links directly to Rue des Vignerons for each winery so you can easily book it.

Group/Private Tour

There are many group and private tours to choose from. You can go on a group tour, which are plentiful, often including up to 8 people and are on a pre-planned route so you don’t have to take care of a single detail.

Below are two tours we recommend:

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Getting to Epernay

Epernay is easily accessible by train from Paris, which makes it an ideal day trip or weekend getaway destination. From Paris Gare de l’Est, you can catch a direct train to Epernay, with a journey time of about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The Epernay train station is within walking distance from the Avenue de Champagne, where most of the famous Champagne houses are located. Alternatively, you can rent a car in Paris and drive to Epernay, which is approximately 140 km away and takes about 1.5 hours.

Champagne House to Visit in Epernay

We highly recommend you drive all the way into Epernay and spend at least a day walking along the Champagne de Avenue, where you’ll find nearly a dozen Champagne Houses to visit.

We really like that it’s possible to walk between each of them, because the tastings are full glass pours. You’ll want to have time to enjoy it, rather than skipping quickly between them.

Pressoria

Pressoria is the brand new sensory interpretation center for champagne wines, housed in the walls of a former Pommery pressing center in the commune of Aÿ. This boutique Champagne house presents a unique blend of traditional techniques and modern innovation.

You’ll start with an immersive tour through the 10 rooms that make up the sensory experience, then you will finish the visit in their tasting room, with an unobstructed view of the hillsides classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

You’ll be given a guided tasting of 2 champagnes, to discover the diversity of the wines of the region. It’s a fun way to discover champagne through your five senses.

Champagne Comtesse Lafond

Comtesse LaFond

Champagne Comtesse Lafond is a small Champagne House named for the owner’s grandmother. Baron Patrick de Ladouchette has carried on the family’s reputation for great Champagne, with styles ranging from extra brut to rose.

The operation is located in a majestic castle on the Avenue – one that you’ll definitely want to see. They will be happy to give you a complete tour of the domain: the castles’ salons and gardens. You can even learn how to use a Sabre to open a Champagne bottle.

Location: 79 Avenue De Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: 10am-1pm 2pm-6pm

Champagne Gaston Chiquet

Gaston Chiquet

In 1746, Nicolas Chiquet planted his first vines, and eight generations have followed in his footsteps. The two brothers, Fernand & Gaston Chiquet, who were winegrowers from the start, joined forces in 1919 to create their commercial company: Chiquet Frères. They were pioneers in Champagne.

After separating from his brother, Gaston Chiquet created his own brand in 1935. Gaston Chiquet and his son Claude expanded the family estate in the 1950s to the terroirs of Aÿ and Hautvillers.

Today, Antoine and Nicolas Chiquet manage a vineyard of 23 hectares located in Dizy, Aÿ (the famous wine of Henri IV), Mareuil sur Aÿ, and Hautvillers.

Villa Signolle

Villa Signolle

A family-run business since 1802, they offer specialist champagnes for experts and amateurs alike. They do the harvesting, handling and winemaking of all their own grapes, from one of the best terroirs in the Champagne region.

Their villa is on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. You can taste on their terrace or in the lounge, inside a house listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Try the Blanc de blancs Grand Cru Zéro Dosage to test the minerality of the Côte des Blancs, then taste the powerful vintage Blanc de Blancs from 3 different villages. Finish with their Blanc de Noirs to discover the fruit of the southern Champagne region.

Location: 37 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay Hours: 11am to 6:30pm daily

Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer

Champagne P. Lancelot-Royer

Created in 1960 by Pierre Lancelot, then passed on to his daughter Sylvie and his son-in-law Michel Chauvet, this 5-hectares vineyard benefits from cellars that are dug into a chalky hill, just behind the house.

They have a press at the top of the hill so they can utilize gravity to transfer the juice to the tanks that are kept underground. Located about twenty kilometers south of Epernay, the Côte des Blancs is undoubtedly the most recognized of the four major regions of the terroir, so you know you’re getting the very best when you visit here.

Location: 540 Rue du Général de Gaulle, 51530 Cramant, France Hours: 10am-12pm; 2pm-5pm daily (no afternoons on Sunday)

Champagne Jacquinot & Fils

Pierre Jacquinot, originally a winegrower and farmer, developed the family vineyard after the First World War, during which he was wounded. In 1929, Pierre Jacquinot set up his own grape pressing business and began producing his own wines. His two sons, Jacques and Jean-Guy, joined the business and together they created the Champagne house.

You can visit for a tasting and tour. It’s one of the deepest cellars in Epernay, located 20 meters underground, dug by hand 1873. Dive into the heart of the champagne making process on a guided tour through the cellar, vats and machinery. Then enjoy 3 non-vintage champagnes, a private Cuvée glass, a Blanc de Blancs, and a Blanc de Noirs.

Champagne Alfred Gratien

Alfred Gratien

The Alfred Gratien Champagne House was founded in Epernay in 1864, and the same line of cellar masters has been perpetuating and passing on their knowledge for four generations: rigorous selection of grapes from the best vintages, respect for the terroirs, vinification in small oak barrels and production of limited volumes. Today Nicolas Jaeger is the head of the cellars and the one who continues the style of the Alfred Gratien house and ensures the continuity of that philosophy. During a tour at La Maison Alfred Gratien, you can visit the century-old cellar, dug 18-meters underground and storing nearly a million bottles. You can do a tasting of 2 Champagnes, or embark on a tasting and tour with either 2 or 4 cuvees. You can also do a Champagne and cheese tasting.

Champagne Le Gallais

In 1927, Hachod Fringhian, the grandfather of Charlotte Morgain Le Gallais, obtained the Clos du Château de Boursault, which had long belonged to Madame Veuve Clicquot. Five generations later, Charlotte runs part of the estate – 7 parcels with their own characteristics – in the family vineyard, overlooking the Marne valley.

When you visit, you can do a simple tasting of their 3 cuvees or you can do a tour and tasting. The tour is the way to go as you’ll learn all about the Champagne making process. You first see their modern wine press, vat room and cellars, located under a 16th century manor house. Then, go for a walk in the vineyard to learn more about the cultivation of the vines.

To end this experience, you will taste 3 vintages in the tasting room, with a panoramic view of the vineyards of the Marne Valley.

Moet & Chandon

Moet & Chandon

One of the most well-known Champagne houses in the world is Moet & Chandon. In Epernay, they also have one of the largest Champagne houses. It’s impressive to look at, even from the outside.

If you take a tour, you’ll have a chance to visit their cellars and see a bit of the over 28km worth of underground cave system they have.

You’ll learn the history of the family, the Champagne and the area from the guide as you walk along. The tour ends with a tasting. You can choose between a Signature Tour, Imperial Tour or Grand Vintage Tour. Prices range from 40-75€.

Location:   20 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay Hours:  Sunday to Wednesday 9:30-11:30 and 2pm-4:30pm Email:  Contact form

Champagne de Venoge

Champagne de Venoge

This Champagne house was established in 1837 by the De Venoge family, originating from Switzerland, near the Venoge river, which flows into Lake Geneva. The family has been building their international fame ever since.

The tasting room is a small house outside of the grander main house. You can stop in any time you like for a tasting at the bar. We actually happened to stay in the apartments across the courtyard, Le Suites du 33 , which is a fantastic location for visiting the Champagne houses on the Avenue de Champagne.

Here you will be able to do a tasting of two Champagnes: a brut from their emblematic Cordon Bleu range and a carafe from their Princes range, or two from the Princes range. You can also pair a glass with small snacks, or you can do a full tasting and tour with either 2 or 4 tastings at the end.

Location: 33 Av. de Champagne Website

Champagne Mercier

Mercier was founded in 1858. In 1871, Eugène Mercier started an innovative project to build cellars at the winery in Epernay, in the heart of France’s Champagne country. He told the architects to “count by kilometers and not by meters,”.

A few years later, a whopping 18 kilometers of cellars were open to the visitors. You can visit and discover the Maison Mercier and some of those cellars on an electric train ride that takes you around the cellar. You’ll also have an opportunity to try one flute of Brut Mercier, one flute of Rosé Mercier and one flute of Reserve Mercier. The price ranges from 26-30€, depending on how many you’d like to try.

Location: 68 Av. de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm (2 hr break for lunch)

Collard-Picard

Collard Picard

Champagne Collard-Picard was founded in 1996 by Olivier Collard and Caroline Collard-Picard. It is a privately owned grower-producer Champagne house. They have both a cellar and a shop. To visit the cellar, you must make an advanced appointment for a visit and private tasting with Mr. Collard.

You can stop in at the stop on the Avenue de Champagne during opening hours for a tasting of their classic, prestige, and exceptional lines, as well as the Coteaux Champenois Rouge. Our favorite is their Premier Cru Rose Champagne, using the “de Saignee” vinification technique.

Location:   15 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay Hours:  Everyday 10 or 10:30-5:30 (open until 7pm Saturdays) Website  

Champagne de Castellane

Castellane

You’ll see the giant tower of  Castellane  the moment you enter town. This is one of the larger Champagne brands, so you can expect there to be a full and large tour group. When you arrive, you can visit the museum of winemaking and climb the tower.

The tour lasts around 45 minutes and goes through the winemaking process, into the underground cellar and back to the bar where you’ll try a few different Champagnes.

Location:   63 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay Hours:  Every day from 10am-noon and 2pm-6pm Email:  [email protected]

Tips for Visiting Champagne Houses in Epernay

Visiting Champagne houses in Epernay can be an unforgettable experience, but it’s important to plan ahead to make the most of your trip. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your visit.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Epernay is between May and October, when the weather is pleasant, and the vineyards are lush and green. Keep in mind that during the harvest season (usually September), the Champagne houses may be busier and have limited availability for tours.

Champagne Cellar in Epernay

What to Wear

When visiting the Champagne houses, opt for comfortable and semi-formal attire. Avoid high heels and sandals, as some tours include walking through the vineyards or damp cellars. Don’t forget to bring a light sweater or jacket, as the cellars can be chilly even during warmer months.

Reservations

It is highly recommended to book your Champagne house tour and tasting sessions in advance. The best way to do that is to click those handy buttons I included above to make a reservation through Rue des Vignerons .

When making your reservation, be sure to let the house know if you have any special requests or preferences. Some houses may be able to accommodate dietary restrictions or offer private tours for an additional fee.

It’s also important to arrive on time for your appointment, as many houses have a tight schedule and may not be able to accommodate late arrivals.

Le Suites du 33

Where to Stay

Epernay is a beautiful city with a wide range of accommodation options, but not a lot of hotels, and even less international brands you might be looking for.

My top two recommendations are:

Le Suites du 33  – It’s located at 33 Avenue de Champagne, so it’s within easy walking distance of the Champagne houses. Breakfast and parking are included. There’s also a tasting bar for Champagne de Venoge on site.

Hôtel La Villa Eugène – A luxurious 19th-century mansion with a beautiful garden, Hôtel La Villa Eugène offers spacious, elegant rooms and exceptional service.

Where to Eat in Epernay

Le Theatre restaurant

  • La Grillade Gourmande : This gourmet restaurant serves delicious traditional French dishes, including a selection of mouthwatering desserts. Paired with a glass of Champagne, your meal is guaranteed to be memorable.
  • La Cave à Champagne : With an impressive selection of over 250 Champagnes, La Cave à Champagne offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy their carefully crafted menu that complements the wines perfectly.
  • Le Theatre : Classic French dishes in a lovely 19th-century building near the Theater in downtown Epernay. Choose from the extensive list of Champagnes to pair with your meal.

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  • Book a tour (we always use Viator to find the best tours)
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Before You Go

Since you made it to the end of this article, you’re probably pretty interested in wine tasting. Here are a few more articles we think you might enjoy.

  • How to Visit Champagne Houses in France
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  • Where to Go Wine Tasting in Burgundy, France
  • Where to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux, France

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Visit Champagne Houses in Épernay & Côte des Blancs

Épernay lies in the heart of the Champagne Region of France. It is the capital of Champagne! On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay you’ll find numerous Champagne Houses, like Moët & Chandon, Boizel, Mercier and De Venoge. Each Champagne House offers an unique experience such as a cellar tour, sabrage, masterclass, champagne tasting and champagne tour. The map of Champagne Houses will help you to find your favorite Champagne Tour in Épernay and nearby.

The Côte des Blancs is planted with the grape varieties: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also the landscape has a clearly visible top covered with forest. The Côte des Blancs is very suitable for growing the Chardonnay grape, about 97% of the area is planted with this grape variety.

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Champagne Mercier

Unique cellar Tour by mini train and Champagne tasting in Épernay. Open on Sundays!

Champagne Boizel

The elegance of the Boizel House and Champagnes is carried out in detail.

Champagne Alfred Gratien

Wonderful experience in the center of Epernay. Great guide. Excellent tasting!

Champagne Comtesse Lafond

Beautiful Chateau on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Personal, friendly and great Tasting!

Champagne Jacquinot & Fils

Enjoy an excellent Tour in Epernay with an enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Really informative and enjoyable tour, with a knowledgeable and very engaging guide.

Champagne Charles Mignon

Nice relaxed and informative tour, in a lovely boutique setting in Epernay. Recommended!

Champagne Michel Gonet

Grand Cru Champagne tasting on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Great host, detailed explanation.

Champagne Esterlin

Glamorous Tasting on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Served with Fossier pink biscuits

Champagne Ayala

Visiting the caves and a Champagne Tasting in Aÿ. Top quality Champagne Tour

Champagne De Venoge

Excellent Champagne tasting + food pairing on the Avenue de Champagne, Epernay

Champagne Vollereaux

A Champagne House situated since 1805 in Pierry, nearby Epernay

Champagne Jean Milan

Enjoy a commented Champagne tasting in Oger (Grand Cru), nearby Epernay

Champagne André Bergère

Informative and lovely Tour & Tasting or a masterclass with food in Epernay

Champagne Pierre Mignon

Excellent Champagne tasting (with caviar) in the center of Epernay

Champagne Voirin-Jumel

Champagne Tasting in Cramant (Grand Cru) with a stunning panoramic view of the vineyards!

Champagne Leclerc Briant

Enjoy a cellar Tour & Champagne Tasting in Epernay

Champagne Bonvalet

Quality for a good price. Enjoy a tour, tasting and appetizers in Pierry, near Epernay.

Champagne Poirot

A small Champagne House since 1923 in Bergère-les-Vertus with great Champagnes!

Champagne Sanger

Discover the secrets of Champagne Sanger in Avize, nearby Epernay.

Champagne Louis Massing

A Champagne House in Avize with Grand Cru and Premier Cru

Champagne Hatt et Söner

Vineyard visit & lunch. Discover one of the most innovative Maison in Cote des blancs

Champagne Waris Hubert

Discover the exceptional Champagnes in Avize, a Grand Cru village in the Côte des Blancs

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You certainly know you’ve arrived in a special place, even for France, when the shelves in the gas stations along the road are filled with champagne bottles; on a Sunday morning, the café terraces are buzzing with people enjoying a coupe de champagne rather than a beer or a coffee; the chocolates in the chocolatiers’ windows come in cork shapes; and the streets bear names like “Avenue de Champagne.” Welcome to the Champagne region.

Great address of Avenue de Champagne.

There are more than 100 champagne houses, and thousands of smaller champagne producers, in this region. The exact number is difficult to secure since, theoretically, anybody could produce a champagne label as long as the grapes are sourced from within the region’s borders. There is a union of champagne growers, some seriously strict rules to adhere to, and fierce citizen pride in the caves, houses, and wine-growing hills that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Whether you find yourself in historic Reims (the capital of the region) or 20 minutes down the road, in tiny Épernay, sparkling wine is the lifeblood of Champagne.

Personally, I cannot remember a time when Champagne hasn’t been my favorite drink, or when I haven’t searched out a nice Champagne bar when traveling, so when I lived in Paris and was a mere 45 minutes by train from Champagne, I reveled in the chance to visit some of the famous houses.

Here is a selection of Champagne houses I loved visiting, each for special reasons. À votre santé .

Moët's Garden.

1. Moët Chandon, Épernay

“Come quick, I am drinking the stars,” called Dom Pérignon to his fellow monks when he first tasted a sparkling glass of Champagne. Reportedly.

A statue of Dom Pérignon stands outside the house of Moët Chandon (by the way, the “t” of Moët is pronounced, not silent) because this big château on the Avenue de Champagne combines Moët Chandon and Dom Pérignon properties. The more exclusive, and more expensive, Dom Pérignon is also owned by Moët Chandon, which in turn is part of the world’s largest luxury group, Louis-Vuitton-Moët-Hennessey.  

Moët Chandon is the largest, and probably best-known Champagne house in the world. Founded in 1743, the house knows how to sell itself. The entrance is wonderful, and inside, the staff is dressed impeccably in tailored suits with small Louis Vuitton bags and oh-so-French silk scarves. The experience is one of exclusivity, and every visitor is made to feel special for being allowed into the hallowed halls and caves. The tour takes you downstairs into the 17-odd miles of underground tunnels, explaining the processes, showing dusty, locked caves which hold truly special Dom Pérignon vintages, and allowing you to get the feeling for the seemingly endless man-made corridors, with brick arches holding back the world above you.

Following the tour, depending on the package you booked, you get either a group tasting or, like me, are taken to a special tasting with your own sommelier in the gardens of the grand house. The sommelier explains the different glasses of Champagne, the way to pour it, and offers a variety of vintages to try.

Veuve Clicquot bottles.

2. Veuve Clicquot, Reims

The probably most famous Champagne house in Reims is Veuve Clicquot. Champagne maker Madame Clicquot Ponsardin (known widely as Widow Clicquot) hailed from Reims and had a long history with the city. When traveling, you can easily spot a Veuve Clicquot display in airport duty-free shops. Their marketing gimmicks are superb, always offering a little something along with your bottle, be it the famous waymarkers, little carry cases, or those orange-looking umbrellas. But never say that the color of Veuve Clicquot is orange because, as I was told there and then, and repeatedly, it is a specific yellow, not orange. Indeed a copyrighted yellow, or so my guide insisted. 

Yellow or orange, I love that Champagne.

Here in Reims, the caves are different from those in Épernay, because they are hewn straight out of the chalk and limestone and are much more atmospheric than Épernay caves. These caves were used during World Wars to shelter local residents, and there is plenty of graffiti and carvings left as historical evidence. The walls speak of their history, and the Champagne stored along the tunnels is nearly secondary.

The history is fascinating, and so is the tasting. It’s held outside in the little garden with a Veuve Clicquot trailer, sun umbrellas, and more. And then there is the shop, filled with must-have yellow souvenirs, all such fun. I came home with a huge umbrella, a waymarker sign to Paris, a book on Widow Clicquot, and many more little knickknacks — plus a few bottles, of course. Come prepared with a large, empty bag!

cave drawing of a horse at Taitinger.

3. Taittinger, Reims

The fact that the population evacuated into the caves of the Champagne houses in times of conflict and war, leaving behind art and graffiti scratched into the soft clay rock, adds poignant interest when exploring the Taittinger caves. The caves have entire walls covered in scratched cave art, from horses to faces names and dates. There are even remains of an ancient Abbey underground, and I have to admit that I probably spent more time looking out for these old wall decorations than looking at the Champagne bottles aging in the chalk caves.

Taittinger is one of the most popular Champagne houses in France, and the tours are organized like clockwork, but no less interesting than the slightly more bespoke ones, and the Champagne is very quaffable indeed. One of the highlights for photographers, which caused a bit of a traffic jam when leaving, is the Instagram-able old spiral staircase leading up from the caves. To get in the mood, you can go on a virtual visit before you book.  

4. Champagne De Castellane, Épernay

Champagne de Castellane in Épernay, just a short walk from the little train station, stands out in many ways, but mostly because of its lovely red and cream brick tower. It reminds me a little of St. Pancras Station in London; maybe it is the Victorian interior, but see what you think. What sets this Champagne tour apart from others, despite it being one of the cheaper Champagnes around, is that it not only offers a museum with displays of old tools, bottles, labels, and all sorts of interesting, historic Champagne-related bits and pieces, but you also get a glimpse into the modern bottling and labeling part of the Champagne process. Other houses skip that part and concentrate on the brewing process.

You can also spot, if you look carefully, that Castellane makes Champagne for the English food store Marks & Spencer under their own label.

Perrier-Jouët Champagne on Display at Costco.

5. Perrier-Jouët, Épernay

The visit to Perrier-Jouët , the luxurious Champagne house on Avenue de Champagne was my absolute favorite, as I was lucky to get glimpses of the Belle Epoque (Art Nouveau) house, and hidden art installations in the caves, which not many visitors get to see. The house has recently opened its door for the first time to the public for visits.

Perrier-Jouët (again, like with Moët , the “t” is pronounced) is known for its Art Nouveau style, with the bottles decorated with the Emile Gallé–designed pink Japanese anemones. And the house carries the tradition onto a stunningly restored guest building that is like a time capsule, decorated in perfect Art Nouveau style. Here, famous and rich Champagne drinkers from around the globe can stay, by invitation only. How much you need to spend on Champagne a year to get invited, I can only guess.

Down in the cellars, not only can you see the pretty bottles maturing, but you can see caves filled with spectacular and bespoke art installations, commissioned by, and made solely for, Perrier-Jouët. They are hidden from the world. Google “ Lost Time by Glithero” to see one of the magical installations (I was not allowed to take a picture, sadly), and then imagine it revealing itself when the normally locked doors are opened and these twinkling loops shimmer in the depth of the cave. Pure magic. Add a glass of vintage Perrier-Jouët, and your day won’t get any better.

Champagne bottles in a cave in France.

  • Obviously, drinking lots of Champagne and driving do not go together. Nor do drinking lots of Champagne and taking the train back to Paris. So stay a night or two and make a perfect few days of it — days dedicated to Champagne. 
  • If you find yourself in Épernay, stay at the lovely Hotel Jean Moët right by the Avenue de Champagne. It is thoroughly Champagne themed, with rooms named after Champagne bottle size and the name displayed on a capsule (those collectible metal disks on top of the Champagne cork).
  • In Reims, head to the fabulous Domaine Les Crayeres , with its superb restaurant and gorgeous setting.

While you’re in France, consider:

  • 5 Exciting Train Trips From Paris
  • 9 Top Paris Champagne Bars To Enjoy A Sip
  • The World’s 9 Best Champagne Bars To Enjoy A Sip

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For the love of fizz: the 5 best champagne houses in reims, france.

As the centre of the Champagne region, Reims is the best place to taste premium French bubbles. But which are the best Champagne houses to visit in Reims?

This is where I can help you. I spent a fabulous day sipping the best on a self-guided tour of Reims Champagne houses and am excited to share my first-hand experience.

Hit the ground running with my guide to Champagne tasting at Pommery, Taittinger, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and G.H. Martel.

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Full-day tour

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E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour 

How to Go Champagne Tasting in Reims

The labyrinth of 200 km of caves, or crayères, beneath Reims, provides the perfect environment for the second fermentation of Champagne. In 2015, UNESCO placed the crayères of Reims on the World Heritage list .

Each of the city’s Champagne houses has a slice of this prime underground real estate. These range from behemoths like Veuve Clicquot to smaller boutique houses, and each has its distinct personality. 

You have three options for touring the Champagne houses of Reims: self-guided, a guided tour or a private tour.

Self-guided

As I wanted to pick which Champagne houses to visit, I went down the DIY route.

Although this takes a little planning, it is easy to do. As you can walk between the houses, you don’t have to worry about driving or figuring out transport options.

You will need to pre-book most of these tours, which you can do directly with the Champagne house or via Rue des Vignerons .

woamn in sunglasses holding a glass of champagne

Guided tour

Joining an organised Champagne tour may be for you if you want to visit Moet & Chandon in Épernay or combine more than one Champagne house in a time-efficient way. It is also useful if you wish to visit one of the small wineries in the region.

All of the arrangements are taken care of and it’s also a fabulous way to meet other travellers if you are on a solo trip.

Private tour

If you want to let someone else take over the reins but want a more curated experience that is not shared with strangers, book a private tour. This is the most expensive option but may be cost-effective if you are travelling with a few other people.

Best Champagne Houses to Visit in Reims (+ Map)

I visited these Champagne houses independently.

Four of the houses are located in the Saint Remi area of Reims , a 30-minute walk from the city centre. The houses are within a 5– 10-minute walk of each other.

If you don’t fancy walking, jump in a taxi or use Uber. I recommend starting at Veuve Clicquot, making your way back to the city centre from there.

Taittinger is in the centre of Reims.

If you like to map it out, here’s one that I have prepared. For an interactive map, click here or on the image itself.

map showing the location of the best champagne houses in reims

1. Champagne Pommery: Reims’ Champagne Disneyland

exterior of neo tudor blue building belonging to pommery champagne house of reims france

Pommery is not your typical Reims Champagne tour.

Its vast caves are not only used for storing fermenting Champagne bottles. They are also spaces for sound and light installations . What you lose in information about the intricacies of Champagne production, you gain in a multisensory experience. 

Select the self-guided tour – the first of its kind in Reims – and you can rock up at any time during the cellars’ opening hours. This makes it super easy to shoehorn Pommery into your day of Champagne tasting in Reims.

Unlike other Champagne houses in Reims, there’s no need to book a ticket in advance. There are ticket machines in the lobby.

Download the audioguide by scanning the QR code at the information desk. An excellent printed guide is also provided.

set of steps leading to champ[agne cellar tour in reims illuminated with vibrant lights

Cellar tours at Pommery

  • Brut Royal Visit – Self-guided or guided visits of cellars. One tasting (Pommery Brut Royal)
  • From the vine to the glass – A more in-depth guided tour. One tasting (Pommery Grand Cru Royal vintage)
  • Henry Vasnier – Includes a guided or self-guided cellar tour and a visit to Villa Demoiselle. Two tastings (Pommery Brut Apanage + Diamant Brut or Pommery Brut Royal + Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée)

I recommend the Henry Vasnier tour that I did.

Villa Desmoiselle is a gem of an Art Nouveau building, commissioned by Henry Vasnier, then director of Maison Pommery, in 1906. Sipping your Champagne in the villa’s gorgeous garden after your tour is a bonus.

art nouveau exterior of villa desmoiselle

The Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée was also my favourite Champagne in Reims.

Address : Place General Gouraud, 51100, Reims, France

2. Taittinger: The elegant one

gateway to taittinger champagne house

When I visited Reims, the hugely informative Taittinger cellar tour was the best of the bunch. Sadly, as their main location at Place Saint Nicaiseis is currently closed, cellar tours are not available at the time of updating this post (October 2023).

As an alternative, they offer tasting experiences at Demeure des Comtes de Champagne in the centre of Reims.

Taittinger tasting experiences

  • At the table de Thibaud IV – Two tastings (Brut Réserve + Comtes de Champagne Blanc) + 25-minute audio show
  • Champagne tastings – Two tastings. Choose between L’Instant Rosé ( Brut Réserve and + Prestige Rosé) and L’ Instant Gourmet (Prélude Grands Cru +  Brut Vintage)

Address: 20 rue de Tambour, 51100 Reims, France

3. Ruinart: The Grand Old Dame of Reims Champagne houses

modern sculpture of a man

Established in 1729, Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house in Reims .

This cellar tour began and ended with the group sitting around a circular table, laid with glasses and bottles of water. It felt like going into a board meeting.

However, this was by far the most social Champagne tour, and an excellent choice if you are feeling the pangs of solo travel loneliness . Furthermore, Ingrid, our outstanding guide, asked each person a few questions by way of an icebreaker.

It was here that we learnt about the rich history of Ruinart before descending into the cellars. The whole experience lasted two hours and included tastings of vintage and non-vintage Champagne.

set of steps painted with an image of a lady

Although this was the most expensive of the Champagne cellar tours in Reims, it was one of the best.

Cellar tours at Ruinart

Ruinart keeps it simple and offers just one tour, which includes two tastings.

2 glasses of rose champagne

Address: 4 Rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims, France

4. Veuve Clicquot: It’s all about the Widow Clicquot (and the colour yellow)

wall display of bottles of veuve clicquot champagne

Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot has 24 km of crayères, the most extensive cave network in Reims and the second largest in the Champagne region. These caves double as a museum space and host an unusual installation.

The three grape varieties used in the house’s signature Yellow Label Champagne – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier – are projected onto the cave’s wall. At the same time, a hidden machine pumps out the odour of the grape, with the aroma of the Yellow Label as the grand finale.

It’s like a slightly peculiar scratch-and-sniff experience.

Although this was a slick and professional operation – iPad support in different languages was available if needed – I found it the least compelling of the Reims Champagne tours. The focus was more on the family and the formidable Mme Clicquot than on the fizzy stuff.

The cellar tour concluded with a tasting of the Yellow Label Champagne. 

set of steps to veuve clicquot champagne cellars marked with different years

Cellar tours at Veuve Clicquot

  • Brut Yellow Label – cellar tour and one tasting (Yellow Label)
  • Art of Blended Rosé Champagne – cellar tour and two tastings (Yellow Label and Rosé Non-Vintage) + charcuterie and cheese slate.
  • Only One Quality, The Finest – cellar tour and four tastings (Brut Carte Jaune, Extra Brut Extra Old, Vintage 2015 and Vintage Rosé 2015)
  • The Art of Aging – cellar tour and tastings of four vintages (Vintage Brut 2015, Vintage Brut Rosé 2015, Vintage Brut 2002 in Magnum, Cave Privée 1990) + slate of refined cheeses

Address: 1 Rue Albert Thomas, 51100 Reims, France

5. G.H. Martel: The Boutique Champagne House Experience

courtyard and building of g h martel champagne house in reims france

In the shadow of Saint Remi Basilica is one of the smaller Champagne houses in Reims . Founded in 1869, G. H. Martel is one of the younger kids on the block.

Its cool cellars also double as a museum, displaying typical Champenois tools and machinery, used for planting, maintaining the land and harvesting. The informative cellar tour lasts 60 minutes and ends with three tastings.

g h martel shop counter selling champagne

Cellar tours at G. H. Martel

  • Initiation – Cellar tour and 3 tastings
  • 150 years – Cellar tour and 3 tastings (2x non-vintage and 1x vintage)
  • Prestige – Cellar tour and 3 tastings (3x prestige Champagnes)

Address: 17 rue des Clenches, 51100 Reims, France

Other Cellar Tours

These are not the only cellar tours that you can do in Reims. Here are a few more to consider but they are not located in the Saint Remi area of the city. 

Charles de Cazanove is a five-minute walk from Reims train station.

G.H. Mumm is a ten-minute walk northeast of Charles Cazenove and offers a number of experiences.

Finally, Lanson is southwest of the city centre

Best Champagne Tours in Reims

Here are a few tours that are highly-rated:

Champagne Day Trip with 6 Tastings

This one is for you if you want to squeeze as many tastings as possible into the day. I like that it includes two glasses of Pommery Champagne at the end of the tour.

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Champagne, Épernay and Family-Run Wineries Tour

This half-day tour includes visits to two family-run wineries, Hautvillers and Dom Pérignon’s church and a vineyard stop. You also gate to drive through the famous Avenue de Champagne in Épernay.

E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

This tour does it all. Cycling through Champagne avenues in Épernay and the village of Hautvillers. Visiting two Champagne producers including a family-run winery. And there’s also lunch and six tastings throughout the day.

Day Trip to Épernay and Hautvillers from Paris

If you want to visit the Champagne houses from Paris and simply want someone to take care of the arrangements for you, this tour should tick a lot of the boxes. Over the course of the day, you will taste eight different types of fizz in three Champagne houses. Lunch and a masterclass in the heart of the vineyard are also included.

Reims and Champagne tasting from Paris

This ten-hour tour includes up to six tastings, lunch and a visit to Reims Cathedral.

Tips for Champagne Tasting in Reims

  • When planning your DIY cellar tour, consider how long you will need to spend in each house and the time needed to move between cellars. Also, factor in time for your tasting. You don’t want to have to knock back the bubbly.
  • Although there is a restaurant opposite Saint Remi Basilica, there are no other places to eat or buy food near the Champagne houses. The one exception is the pricey restaurant at Pommery. Pick up supplies before you head out for the day.
  • Dress appropriately. As the cellars are at a constant 12 degrees year-round, bring layers even if it is blazing hot outside. Comfortable shoes are a given.

How to Visit Reims as a Day Trip from Paris

It is very easy to get from Paris to Reims.

The non-stop TGV from Gare de L’Est reaches Reims in 45 minutes. Slower trains are also available.

Some people I talked to had also visited Épernay , another major centre of Champagne production. There are swift and easy connections between the two cities.

You can check train times and costs here .

It is even possible to visit Reims as a day trip from London . Eurostar trains arrive at Gare du Nord, less than ten minutes walk from Gare de L’Est.

Where to Stay in Reims

I stayed overnight as part of a solo holiday in France . This not only gave me a chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Reims Cathedral but the city itself is a pleasant place to spend a relaxing few days.

Mid-range – Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix

I stayed at this 4-star hotel in the heart of the city. Recommended for its comfortable rooms, extensive breakfast buffet and indoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

hotel bedroom in reims france with bed and small sofa

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Here are a few other places to stay that may suit other budgets and tastes

Splurge – Domaine les Crayères

This gorgeous property is the perfect excuse to blow the holiday budget. It is in the heart of Champagne house territory, just 350 meters from Pommery.

Budget – Le Sacré, Au pied de la cathédrale

This centrally-located apartment has two bedrooms and is equipped with a washing machine.

>>> None of these takes your fancy? Check other accommodation options in Reims here .

My Favourite Champagne Houses in Reims

It was a close call but Ruinart was my favourite cellar tour. It wasn’t cheap, but the guide demonstrated a real passion for her subject and it was a welcoming and sociable environment.

Pommery was stimulating and fun and also gave me the opportunity to visit the wonderful Villa Desmoiselle. As you don’t need to book ahead, it is also a very flexible option.

But whichever Reims’ cellar tours you select, you will come away knowing a lot more about Champagne production and your preferred type of fizz. I’ll raise my glass to that.

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    This tour takes you through the Dom Pérignon estate in Hautvillers, France. It is where the legendary champagne was created over 300 years ago. You'll visit the abbey ruins and learn about the history and production of Dom Pérignon. You can taste a selection of grapes harvested and turned into different wines.

  23. For The Love Of Fizz: The 5 Best Champagne Houses In Reims, France

    3. Ruinart: The Grand Old Dame of Reims Champagne houses. Established in 1729, Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house in Reims. This cellar tour began and ended with the group sitting around a circular table, laid with glasses and bottles of water. It felt like going into a board meeting.