1h30 from REIMS
Côte des Bar
Between Burgundy (Bourgogne) and Champagne
50 miles south from Troyes and located in the northeast of France, Essoyes is a city at the limit of Champagne and Bourgogne. Located in the heart of the Côte des Bar, you will be able to find a lot of wineries and taste some beautiful Champagne. The principal grapes varieties grown here is Pinot noir. If you like art, you will be pleased to discover the wonderful village where Pierre-Auguste Renoir lived and raised his child. Many of his work have been inspired from the village and its surroundings.
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 )
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)
2h from Paris
1h20 from Paris (via TER)
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Areas of Champagne vineyards
Champagne’s viticultural area is split into five wine producing districts within the historical province