Reims, in Southeastern France, is the world’s unofficial Champagne capital. Its famous vineyards produce some of the most sought-after Champagne on earth. Visitors can tour the region’s wineries, vineyards, and cellars to learn how the sparkling beverage is made and spend some time tasting different varietals guided by industry experts.
Small-group day trips to the various Champagne houses (grandes maison de Champagne) offer guests in-depth tours of the Champagne producers’ cellars for expert-led tastings. Visitors learn about different grape varietals and production methods, and get extensive background information on the region’s Champagne-producing history and culture that has grown up around it.
Cellar and Vineyard Tours
The world’s best Champagne houses are all here: Mumm, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, and Ruinart, to name a few, and visitors are welcome to tour the vineyards and cellars. Some tours include journeys underground into man-made chalk tunnels (crayeres), which are naturally the perfect temperature for the key second fermentation that gives Champagne its signature bubbles.