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Exploring the Champagne Region

By Viator, August 2015

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The Champagne Region lies 80 miles (128 km) east of Paris and is one of France’s most historic regions, first mentioned around the time of Emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century. It is a region made world famous for its sparkling wines; thanks to its undulating landscapes, chalky soil and cool, dry climate, conditions are ideal for growing the pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier grapes that are the only ones allowed in champagne production. 

Champagne’s biggest city is elegant Reims, where 34 French kings were crowned in the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Its piazzas and Art Deco mansions are home to many a grande marque champagne house and several big names in the French fizz world – Taittinger, Lanson, House of Mumm, Piper-Heidsieck, Pommery, Veuve Clicquot – age their champagnes in cavernous crayères (chalk cellars) beneath the city streets; these are all open for tours and tastings.

The champagne capital of Epernay is 19 miles (30 km) south of Reims and is HQ of Moët et Chandon (closed until 2016), Perrier-Jouët and Mercier; from here the Champagne Region spans around 300 villages, including Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk regarded as the grand-daddy of the champagne world, is buried. The rolling vineyards of the region are dotted with Romanesque churches and united on the Route Touristique du Champagne, which wends its way through the plateau land of Reims Mountain National Park, home of several more champagne vineyards.

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Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 709 Reviews

Enjoy a glass of bubbly as you spend a day in the famous region of Champagne on a day trip from Paris. With its magnificent vineyards, impressive heritage and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $154.76

Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 367 Reviews

This tour will take you to the heart of the Champagne country to discover the history and secrets of "The King of Wines". You'll visit world-renowned ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $273.98

Best Small-Group Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 106 Reviews

Enjoy a wonderful day trip from Paris to Champagne, one of the most famous regions in France, and indulge in eight tastings of bubbly in three different ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $263.66

Champagne Tour from Paris: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers and the House of Mumm

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Please note Moet Chandon is closed for renovations until May 2016. During this renovation, tour will visit Champagnerie Mercier Embark on a Champagne ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.54

G.H. Mumm Champagne House Cellar Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Make the most of your time in Reims and discover one of the region’s finest Champagne houses on this 1-hour Mumm Champagne cellar tour. Located in the heart of ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.93

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