Discover the effervescent secrets behind France’s famous Champagne region on this afternoon, small-group tasting tour from Epernay. Admire the houses of esteemed producers along the city’s ‘Avenue du Champagne,’ and gain insight into the complex Champagne-making process at a tasting class. Tour the cellars and sip best-selling ‘cuvees’ at a boutique family winery, and tuck into a delicious French lunch paired with more Champagne.
Afternoon Champagne history and tasting tour from Epernay
Learn about the complex Champagne-making process at a tasting class
Tour the vat and cellars of a boutique family winery
Taste six different Champagnes throughout the day
Feast on a delicious French lunch paired with Champagne
Meet your driver and guide in central Epernay and set off with a small group in a comfortable minivan. Take a scenic drive through the Cru and Grand Cru vineyards outside of town and along the famous ‘Avenue du Champagne,’ home to some of the world's most prestigious producers including Moët et Chandon, Perrier Jouet, and Pol Roger.
See the Hautvillers Abbey where the legnedary Dom Perignon once lived. Then, it's time to pop open some bottles at a tasting class. Learn about the complex and specific Champagne-making process and what distinguishes the prized bubbly from other sparkling wines. Get tips on how to appreciate the aroma and flavor of fine Champagne while tasting different blends.
Feast on a delicious lunch of authentic French cuisine paired with even more Champagne wines before continuing on through the scenic hillsides to a boutique family winery. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the production process, see the traditional grape press, vat room, and aging cellars, and taste several of the estate’s most popular cuvees.
Your concludes with drop-off back at the original departure point.
Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers
Admire the charming UNESCO village of Hautvillers and its famous church where Dom Pérignon used to live
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Anna. We all learned so much about Champagne, especially all the regulations in place to produce. Unfortunately, she did not drive us through the Champagne Avenue as described in the inclusions. Perhaps she had already done this with the group from Reims. There was also a mix up with returning us to Epernay as half the group started from Reims and we were picked up at Epernay. The tour ended in Epernay but she drove to Reims to drop off the first group and then back to Epernay. By the time we got back to Epernay all the shops were closed and we had wanted to do some shopping. Other than that, we would highly recommend this tour. Just make sure and question the driver when they start heading out of town near the end of the tour if you take the tour from Epernay. Also, remind them about Champagne Avenue!
Our tour gave us a chance to see more of the countryside around Epernay , including the village of Hautvillers. We learnt a lot about how champagne is made and the tour of the boutique winery was excellent. We would definitely recommend this tour because it was so personal.
This was a excellent tour with very good guides who explained the whole champagne making process from grape growing whilst in a vineyard through blending and making whilst in a small champagne house. I would highly recommend it.