1h30 from paris
Why visit Champagne ?
100 miles away from Paris and located in the northeast of France, Champagne is the closest wine region from the French capital city. Its main commercial cities are Reims, Epernay and Troyes. The principal grapes varieties grown on the chalky earth in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier. Since 2016, Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars are part of the Unesco world heritage program helping wine-tourism activities develop themselves.
What to visit in Epernay ?
The capital city of Champagne
2h from Paris
1h20 from Paris (via TER)
Visiting Reims for a couple of days
City of the coronations
Famous for its unique cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, where kings of France like Henry IV, Charlemagne, Clovis were crowned during monarchical history. Reims became a main city during the Roman Empire thanks to its location near Belgium.
Most famous large Champagne Houses have established their headquarters in Reims for tasting and tours ( Champagne Vranken-Pommery, Veuve-Cliquot, Taittinger, Ruinart, Krug.. Their Champagne ages in the many caves and cellars under the city of Reims, which form a sort of maze carved in chalk, some of these passages date back to Roman times.
1h30 from Paris
45mn from Paris (via TGV)
What to do in Troyes ?
A city at the limit of Burgundy
Former capital of Champagne and perfect short trip visit from Paris, Troyes is located in the South part of the Champagne region, in the Aube department. You will be able to discover half-timbered houses that survived from the 16th century survived in the old town.
The rich and powerful Counts of Champagne built their palace in Troyes and it was a prosperous place that attracted lots of merchants from all over Europe during the well known Foire de Champagne. The city is also attached to cultural gastronomic traditions and you will be able to taste the famous Andouillette de Troyes.
2h from Paris
1h30 from Paris (via Intercité )
Tips to discover the region like a local
Even if the Champagne region is well equipped with trains to go from a city to another and public transportation to move around the city, we recommend you to rent a car if you plan on staying a couple of days or more in the area. It will be easier for you to go from Reims to Epernay or Troyes and visit smaller villages between those larger cities. Moreover, wineries are often located in those small towns and booking a cab is not alway that easy.
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The Champagne region is full of nice and charming villages. You might arrive in Reims or Epernay but you have to go and visit villages that are in the heart of the vineyards. Near Epernay, Hautvillers is a great village where Dom Pérignon used to produce its Champagne and where you’ll have an amazing view on the vineyards. Other villages like Sacy or Chigny-les-roses are wonderful.
Want to discover Champagne like no one else ? A professional guide can drive you around Champagne and from one winery to another depending on your wine tour bookings. He will explain you the history of Champagne as well as all the information you must discover about this precious sparkling wine. Pick ups are available from Epernay, Reims, Troyes or Paris. If you are interest please click here to complete the form.
Like in any places, restaurants can be good and perfect and sometimes a bit deceiving. To avoid you the last option our team gathered some of their best spots. In Epernay you have several choices but our favorites are Chez Max, la Table Kobus, le Theatre, les Berceaux, ..
In Reims our recommendations would be l’Assiette Champenoise, Racine, les Crayères, le Millénaire, chez Ginette, la Table des halles, Au petit comptoir.
La Briquetterie in Vinay, Le Chateau de Sacy in Sacy, le Grand cerf in Montchenot are also perfect for lunch or diner.
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Areas of Champagne vineyards
Champagne’s viticultural area is split into five wine producing districts within the historical province