Shared Cellar Tours in Champagne

The tour begins in the city of Reims which is is 129 km (80 miles) east-northeast of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire. Today it is the heart of champagne production, most of the most well known champagne-producing houses, or "Les Grandes Marques", like Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Martel and Taittinger which have their headquarters in Reims, and are open for tasting and tours of their ellars. Champagne ages in the many caves and tunnels under Reims, which form a sort of maze below the city, carved from chalk.

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Departing from Paris: Épernay & Hautvillers

Pick up 7:15am +/- Drop Off 6.30pm

Meeting Point : Hotel pick up from Central Paris

Available: Daily
Cost: 229 €pp

After pick up, and en route you will be offered you hot and cold drinks, croissants, and newspapers. Once in the vineyard, the guide will explain the terroir, the three main grape varieties in Champagne, the vines through the seasons from pruning in winter to ripening and harvest in autumn. Followed by a grower producer visit and tasting. After a traditional French lunch you will visit the Reims UNESCO cathedral before a final guided visit of one of the most famous Champagne Houses (houses change daily) in Reims and its underground chalk cellar where we discover step by step technical wine making "from grape to champagne" through pressing, first fermentation, blending, bottling, second fermentation, remuage, disgorgement, corking and finally labeling. A glass of champagne will be served at the end of this tour.

Includes:

* Breakfast on Board
* Small producer tour & explanation of the champagne making process
* 3 course meal at a local restaurant
* Cellar visit & tasting at a famous Champagne House (Mumm, Pommery, Lanson, or Taittinger)
* English speaking drivers guides
* All cellar fees and tastings

Departs from Reims Central Station
Épernay & Hautvillers

Departs 9am: Monday, Wednesday, Friday / Drop Off 5pm
Meeting Point : Reims Central Station Tourist Office
Cost: 219 €pp

Our first stop after driving through the picturesque countryside and villages of the Reims Mountains and Marne Valley is in Épernay and Avenue de Champagnes where you will see the many of the famous houses that line the street, before a cellar visit and tasting at Moet et Chandon, the largest Champagne producer in the world. After lunch you will visit the village of Hautvillers, It is known as being the cradle of Champagne and home to the Abbey where lies the legendary monk Dom Perignon. At the age of 28 years he was appointed cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers and his work influenced the early development of Champagne. The tour ends with a final small vineyard visit and tasting.

Includes:

* Visit Hautvillers and Abbey of Dom Perignon
* Cellar visit and tasting at Champagne Moet et Chandon
* Short stroll along the Avenue de Champagne
* 3 course champagne tasting lunch
* Small producer vineyard visit and tasting
* English speaking drivers guide

Tour Departs from Reims Central Station
Reims Cathedral + Veuve Clicquot

Departs 9am: Tuesday, Thursday Saturday / Drop Off 5pm
Meeting Point : Reims Central Station Tourist Office
Cost: 219 €pp

We start the day with a sightseeing tour of Reims and the famous Prestige Houses before stopping for a guided tour and tasting at Champagne Veuve Clicquot. We will then have a Champagne tasting lunch at a local vineyard and you will be introduced you to local specialties, paired with three types of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de Noir and a Rosé). After lunch history buffs will enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims. The UNESCO Cathedral of Our Lady ( Notre Dame ) in Reims is one of France's great masterpieces of Gothic art Construction started in 1211 and was the cathedral of coronations for French kings in memory of the baptism of Clovis by Saint Remi, probably on Christmas Day 498. We end the day with a visit and tasting at a small family vineyard in the Montagne de Reims.

Includes:

* Cellar visit at Champagne Veuve Clicquot
* Discover the city of Reims and the UNESCO cathedral
* 3 course vineyard tasting lunch
* Visits and tasting at a grower producer estate.
* Small producer vineyard visit and tasting
* English speaking drivers guide



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