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I had a fabulous time on this tour. Being able to have a private tour in Reims and Epernay was a dream come true. At one point I just stopped taking pictures just to relish the views. The Champagne Education was very informative and really allowed us to get a clear picture of the Champagne process. Our guide went over and above to make this a once in a lifetime adventure. I plan to return to take the full day tour!
Such an amazing experience. The tour was a great length and went through some great locations, fun information and amazing champagnes. Highly recommend
Matthias was charming and knowledgeable, and the tour was the perfect mix of sight-seeing, educating, hands-on learning and laughing, and tasting. We arrived by train on a day trip from Paris, and spent the morning touring the cathedral and the town. Matthias picked us up as promised at the train station for the afternoon tour, and we had a truly enjoyable afternoon before he dropped us off for the evening train to Paris. We two couples traveling together would highly recommend this tour.
This was a great day out. Matthias was an very knowledge, passionate champagne advocate. We really enjoyed our time on his tour and the tour of the private cellars
We had a fantastic time on our half day tour of the Champagne region.
Matthias picked us up from the train station at Reims on time in a very comfortable Mercedes mini van. There were only four of us on the tour, an additional two people would not be a problem.
Matthias has very good knowledge of the champagne methods, in addition to his local expertise. This gave us a great understanding of the basics to build on our knowledge. He looked after us very well, you can tell he has a passion for it.
We sat through a short masterclass for thirty minutes in addition to the tasting three wines hand picked by Matthias. As an FYI, the chosen bottles are priced between 60 and 70 in Aust courtesy of Vinomo.
We were driven to a boutique winemaker Michel, he talked us through his family history, showed us their cellar which was amazing! finishing with tasting and an opportunity to purchase his wines not available in Australia.
Overall, if you want to get a taste for the Champagne region in a small group by a fantastic operator, you must speak to Matthias.
Matt and Kirsty
Absolutely brilliant tour and our personal guide was first class. The visit to the smaller vineyards was priceless and the champagne lessons and tasting were great fun.
Our guide Matthias was raised in a Champagne house, where his family made and sold their own label champagne. Needless to say, he's well informed.
We started our tour with a stop at the Mareuil/Ay at Vine Escape estate where we got a lesson in determining the difference between the grapes used and the effect on the champagne. After smelling bottles of various scents, we had to determine what they were. After discussing them amount ourselves, the instructor, told us what each one was. Then we tasted 3 champagnes and tried to see if we could actually taste those scents. It was lots of fun.
Another plus, we tasted more champagne on this tour than others advertised. And this tour was cheaper. Amazingly good value. We'd do it again.
An excellent, short introduction to the Champagne region of France. We thoroughly enjoyed both the introductory 'lecture' with tastings and the tour and tasting at an independent Champagne producer Yann Alexander. The opportunity to chat with the Champagne maker's wife in a group of only four people, while sampling her range of products, was relaxed and ideal.
We had a great tour. Matthias was very knowledgeable and made it a very pleasurable morning. He has a very good knowledge of the Champagne area, and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit with one of the private producers.
This tour is an excellent experience from start to finish. Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Reims or Epernay is provided. The tour starts with a small history lesson on the region and education on what goes into Champagne. The Master Class teaches you a lot and also allows you to sample 3 types of Champagne for comparison. This is followed by a trip to a independent grower with a stellar wine cellar that is carved into the surrounding chalk hillside. Another 3 types of Champagne are provided and you will be smiling if not full on giggly. Thankfully fresh croissants were available to help soak up some bubbles. The tour is capped with a visit to Hautvillers church where Dom Perignon is entombed. Great tour provided by truly great people. Would go again in a heartbeat.
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