The Champagne Tour

December 16, 2015

Champagne is one of the most luxurious and elegant alcoholic beverages available, and has a prestigious reputation all around the world, commemorated in the world of music, art and cinema as well as popular culture. Produced primarily in France, there are several places in the country where visitors can learn about the creation of this famous drink.

As well as this, you’ll get to explore the wonderful Champagne region of France, with plenty more than just a tipple to keep you going!

Visit our Great Journeys page for a full itinerary of this tour, or check out our brief guide below.

Reims

The jewel in the crown of the Champagne region, Reims is home to the world-famous Taittinger and Pommery brands. There are plenty of small wineries to discover, which produce champagne too, as well as Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes and bistros which you’re sure to love. The city is also home to an impressive gothic cathedral, which was the setting for 25 coronations of French royalty before the revolution.

Epernay

Epernay, located in the hills of Champagne, is home to G.H. Mumm, one of the most famous champagne brands in the world. The town also showcases the wonderful wine cellars of Mercier and Champagne Domi, a relatively small producer that holds informative tours and tastings. Near Epernay in Verzenay you’ll find a lighthouse in a sea of vineyards. The lighthouse was originally built by Joseph Goulet to promote his champagne, but is now an interactive museum dedicated to champagne.

Troyes

On the way to Troyes, you’ll see Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, a small town which is home to 2 of the most prestigious manufacturers of champagne in the world, Salon and Clos du Mesnil. These rare vintages will set you back hundreds of pounds, but if you have the money to spare, it’s more than worth it. Troyes is a gorgeous medieval town with timber houses and gothic churches. The city’s cathedral has played host to Joan of Arc and Charles VII while on the way to their coronations.

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