Regional Wine Tours
Champagne is the wine know worldwide for celebrations. French in origin, it has now conquered the world and inspired its own lifestyle.
Everything about champagne adds to its magic, from its mysterious beginnings to its production, a blending technique jealously guarded by each major house or brand. It is the most famous wine in the world, and also the most copied. However, it is made in the Champagne region and nowhere else.
The Champagne region is centered 90 miles northeast of Paris and are France's most northerly vineyards. The region comprises of around 310 villages spread accross five departments Aube, Houts-Marne, Marne, and sme villages in Aisne and Seine-en-Marne.
Champagne region has a great history, beautiful landscapes and many scenic routes with picturesque villages, forests, superb vineyards, not to forget the « champenois » lifestyle! Like all wine regions of France following the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) rules, the area where the champagne is produced is delimited. 5 sub-regions can beidentified which are: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.
Landmarks & Cities
The main cities of the Champagne Region are Reimsand Epernay and within the region you will also discover picturesque villages such as Hautvillers, Verzenay, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Saint-Thierry.
Route du Champagne
To discover the Champagne wines and the ‘terroir’, one simply needs to take the scenic Route du Champagne! This well signposted itinerary winds through the vineyards, amongst chateaux, churches and picturesque villages standing atop gentle hills.
Massif of Saint-Thierry and the Ardre Valley
In the Massif de St-Thierry, vineyards and forests form a beautiful case of greenery to the villages that are intimately related to the coronations of the kings of France. From Reims, in the direction of Tinqueux, this section of the scenic Route du Champagne is delightfully picturesque. It starts with the visit of the Cathedral of Reims and Tau Palace where the Cathedral Treasure and part of the original statuary can be found. In Reims, the magnificent Saint-Remi Basilica and its museum listed in the Unesco World Heritage are not to be missed.
Montagne de Reims and Parc Régional Naturel
The smooth mountainsides of the Montagne de Reims are one of the finest French vineyards. From either Reims or Epernay this section of the sign-posted scenic Route du Champagne goes to the heart of the ParcRégional Naturel.
Marne Valley and heights of Epernay
Often overlooking the Valley, this section of the scenic Route du Champagneoffers wonderful views and opens the doors of its rich heritage. Starting in Epernay it follows the right bank of the Marne River, and comes back to Epernay along the left bank.
Côte des Blancs and the Coteaux du Sézannais
The Côte des Blancs is the birthplace of Chardonnay. The famously named villages are built on the hillside, in the shape of an amphitheater. The vineyards of the coteaux du Sézannais offer a charming bucolic landscape. From either Epernay or Villenauxe-la-Grande, this section of the scenic route du Champagne is enameled with historical records of great interest.
Wine Tours & Packages
As well as offering specialised tours throughout a number of regions in France, We have designed a number of fabulous short break suggestions that offer the maximum flexibility to our clients; they are available both mid-week and weekend throughout the year, providing you with the complete freedom to choose your travel dates.