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.
We planned a last minute New Year's Eve trip to the Champagne region and were worried that we would not be able to take any champagne or vineyard tours due to the holiday. Luckily Matthias was able to accommodate us on Dec 31st which I think speaks volumes about his dedication and customer service. We were picked up at our B and B in Lagery in a very classy and comfortable Mercedes van and driven to two different champagne houses in the area. Both were small, family owned operations with long and interesting histories. We much preferred this over visiting an overly commercial juggernaut Champagne house like those found in Epernay. Both tours were excellent and actually presented/provided by the owners founder in one case which was really special. Matthias' connections in the Champagne industry are evidenced by the fact that he was able to arrange, on short notice, private tours and tastings at these champagne houses on New Year's Eve. Matthias also displayed his vast experience and knowledge of the champagne production process by providing a very detailed description of each step of the process. At one of the houses we were even given a tour of the vineyards and a live demonstration of the yeast disgorging process which was pretty cool.
Overall, the tour exceeded our expectations and was extremely informative, well planned by Matthias, and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend a tour with Vine Escapes via Viator, and we are already talking about another visit and tour with Matthias during the busy harvest season.
This tour was amazing.The guide picked us up from the train stop in Reims upon our arrival from Paris. From the luxury van and friendly guide to the excellent champagne and local atmosphere. This is not a tour of commerical champagne houses. All houses were in the country side and each house gave a different feel. One of the wine makers even gave us samples of the in-progress wine from different tanks before the wine underwent the 2nd fermentation. Of all the wine tours we have been on in California, this was by far one of the best. The guide even reserved us a table for lunch at one of the local favorites in Reims.
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