Wine Tourism in the Champagne Area
When it comes to the Champagne area, it can sometimes be exceedingly difficult for a wine tourism enthusiast to know which winegrowers to turn to. Indeed, there is a multitude of great champagne cellars and winemakers. To go for your dream wine tourism tour of the Champagne area, Sparkling Tour offers you private visits with a selection of wine growers. They will allow you to discover the Champagne region and its famous flagship product. During these tours, you will be accompanied by a guide who knows the area like the back of their hand and is well-acquainted with the producers. That guarantees you will taste high quality champagnes. In this way, Sparkling Tour ensures that you enjoy an unforgettable moment and an enriching experience. Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or on our website to book your wine tour in the Champagne area.
Wine tourism in the Champagne Area: Meeting the Winegrowers
During your wine tourism tour in the Champagne area, Sparkling Tour allows you to discover two or three winegrowers depending on the chosen package. Winegrowers are different from the big champagne cellars, and often less well known; they have smaller vineyards and produce on a smaller scale. On the other hand, these winegrowers are more likely to control their entire production chain. This is why we think it is more interesting to introduce you to independent winegrowers who are available and passionate about their wines, rather than to a large cellar. Throughout your wine tourism journey in the Champagne area, you will discover and taste many delicious champagnes from selected wine estates.
Reims – Épernay: Great Cultural Wealth
In addition to the region high interest by oenotourists, the Champagne area offers an amazing cultural heritage. Indeed, the region was an important commercial platform in France since the Middle Ages, and it was also the first to benefit from a banking network. But, of course, the Champagne area is mainly famous worldwide for its eponymous bubbly beverage. Since 2015, the hillsides, houses and cellars of Champagne have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Your guide will be happy to share their knowledge with you while you take part in your wine tour in the Champagne area. You will also visit emblematic places, such as the Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers abbey which witnessed the life of the famous Dom Perignon and is this illustrious character’s final resting place => Tasting of exceptional champagnes.
Champagne: a Product of Incredible Complexity
Throughout your wine tour in the Champagne area, you will learn more about this beverage which is now synonymous with French celebration and refinement and is acknowledged worldwide. Now, you will soon learn that this product is extremely complex. To provide you with a complete wine tourism experience, your guide and the producers will explain the champagne making process and the distinctions that exist between the different types.
Champagnes greatly differ depending on the terroir in which the grapes are grown. There are also subtleties between a Grand cru and a Premier cru. Throughout your wine tour in the Champagne area, your guide will explain all these nuances. The blanc de blancs, the blanc de noirs, the rosé, the vintage, the grape variety, and the dosage, you will be able to understand the workings of champagne-making and will feel greatly enriched to have been able to participate in this wine tour in the Champagne area. In addition, you will be able to taste six to ten glasses of champagne throughout your visit. This will be an opportunity to test the products for yourself and notice the differences mentioned by your guide. If you wish, you can also buy products directly from the producer.
A Qualified Guide
Sparkling Tour’s guide is highly qualified. Having graduated from the ESC Troyes and with several years of experience as a receptionist in two different champagne cellars, he will share his passion for champagne with you. You will receive a wealth of explanations but most importantly a warm welcome. Indeed, your wine tour in the Champagne area wouldn’t be unforgettable unless your guide is as professional as friendly. He will make sure to show you a good time in a friendly atmosphere.
In addition, and to guarantee your comfort, Sparkling Tour offers to pick you up straight from your hotel or the train station with a minivan. You will meet your guide and be able to start your wine tour in the Champagne area with no delay. Once the tour is over, he will drive you back if desired. In addition, should you subscribe to a day package, you will enjoy a gastronomic meal comprised of a starter, a main course, a dessert, and a glass of champagne. This will guarantee that you fully enjoy your wine tour in Champagne area.
There are several options available to you for your dream wine tourism tour in the Champagne area. You can choose between a half-day and a full day visit. The half-day tour lasts for 4 hours and takes place from 9 am to 1 pm or from 2 pm to 6 pm. It will allow you to discover the abbey of Saint-Pierre d’Hautvilliers as well as two wine growers. One of them offers Premiers crus and the other Grands crus champagnes. You will be able to taste six different glasses of champagne throughout your wine tour in the Champagne area.
As for the full day option, it is similar to the half-day program with a few differences. Firstly, your wine tour in the Champagne area will last for 8 and a half hours. As before, you will enjoy a gastronomic meal included in the package. In total, you will have the opportunity to taste ten different glasses of champagne. In addition to the two winemakers already mentioned, you will meet a third Grand Cru winemaker.
Finally, you can choose between private or semi-private wine tours in the Champagne area. The first choice guarantees exclusivity. This is the ideal option if you want to surprise your partner with a wine tour in the Champagne area. As for the semi-private tour, you will be part of a group of eight people with whom you can share this unforgettable moment in Reims-Epernay.
Focus on Private Tours
You want to do wine tourism in the Champagne area in the greatest of privacy? As mentioned before, you can opt for a private tour. Based on your preferences and availability, you can choose between a half- or a full-day tour.
A full day tour runs from 9:30 am to 6 pm. As for the half-day option, it starts at 9 am or 2 pm and ends at 1 pm or 6 pm respectively. All our private tours are available from Monday to Friday.
You would like to choose the private wine tourism tour? On board our minivan, we will travel across the Champagne area helping you to discover the secrets of champagne and its region.
To book your private tour or for further information, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Your Œnotouristic Tour
If you wish to enjoy an exceptional œnotouristic experience in the Champagne area, contact us. You will have an extremely fulfilling and pleasant experience while enjoying a visit featuring delicious tastings and explanations given by a passionate and friendly guide. Œnotourism in the Champagne area is one of the most popular in the world thanks to the unparalleled charm of its emblematic product. Come and taste a unique luxury beverage! Whether on your own or with loved ones, your visit is sure to be unforgettable. Thanks to the variety of options available, there’s sure to be a wine tour that suits your needs. Sparkling Tour is available to answer your questions.
So don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or via the website to set up your future visit!
Customize Your Tour
Do you want to experience a half- or a full-day dedicated to wine tourism in the Champagne area? As you can well imagine, we offer two pre-established tours, either for a half- or full-day. As a reminder, these tours include visiting 2 or 3 producers, passing through Hautvillers, crossing the vineyard and several tastings. A gastronomic meal is even planned during the discovery day.
That being said, please note that a customized tour is also possible!
Visit a Great Champagne Cellar
During your œnotouristic tour in the Champagne area, you may not only want to visit winegrowers but also a great champagne cellar. In this case, we can modify our suggested itineraries by replacing a stop at a winemaker by one at a Champagne cellar. In this case, simply note that the price may vary depending on the cellar and chosen type of tasting.
However, do not hesitate to tell us what you wish for when contacting us. We will be able to provide an estimate according to your request.
A unique experience every time
Are you planning to include a great cellar in your œnotouristic tour of the Champagne area? It differs hugely from meeting with a champagne producer, and each cellar has its unique charm.
Indeed, each domain has its own history and identity. You will be able to note this point during your visit. Moreover, even if you have already visited a great champagne cellar, discovering another one can always prove interesting.
We can imagine virtually anything for your private tour dedicated to wine tourism in the Champagne area. In this case, we can include a trip to Verzenay.
This village is extremely popular today thanks to its famous lighthouse erected in the middle of the vineyards. Built in 1909 for marketing purposes, this monument continues to attract tourists from all over the world. Today, it is possible to climb its 101 steps to enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding vineyards. As you can imagine, it’s an ideal spot to take great pictures!
At the foot of the lighthouse, you will be invited to enter the vineyard eco-museum. Inside, you will enjoy a unique experience providing wealth of knowledge about champagne and its production method. You will even discover tales and legends, obviously related to champagne. And your visit will end with a tasting.
Passing through the Avenue de Champagne
If you are here to do wine tourism in the Champagne area, you might be dying to see the famous “Avenue de Champagne”. About 1-kilometer long, this avenue is lined with prestigious champagne cellars and is a real tourist attraction. While walking along it, you will discover the cellars belonging to Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger, Mercier, Boizel or Perrier-Jouët.
In any case, if you want to go there, we can absolutely fit it in your tour dedicated to wine tourism in the Champagne area. And of course, should you wish so, we can plan a visit to one of the cellars on the avenue.
Making a Stop in Hautvillers
Hautvillers is one of our suggested itineraries and quite rightfully so: it is the birthplace of champagne. More precisely, it is the village of the famous Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk who, according to legend, created the champagne production method.
We strongly think that your day of wine tourism in the Champagne area will feel even more complete if making a stop in this village. In this case, you can discover Dom Pérignon’s tomb and the village church.
The Cru-Labelled Villages
As you may know, there are many “Cru” villages in the heart of the Champagne region. On the Montagne de Reims, there is for example Aÿ, famous for the Henri IV festival, organized every year. In the Marne Valley, we can mention Epernay, Cumières or Damery (non-exhaustive list). And Avize, Cramant, Oger, Chouilly or Mesnil sur Oger are part of the Côte des Blancs.
Should you wish, you can plan a visit to one of these villages during your wine tourism tour in the Champagne area. Of course, it’s also the occasion to visit one of the local vineyards.
Other suggestions for your tour
You can also include more traditional visits in your tour dedicated to œnotourism in the Champagne area. Indeed, the Champagne area, and especially the city of Reims, include many tourist places.
For example, we can suggest a visit to the cathedral and the Palais du Tau. Filled with history, these places take you back to the past, more particularly at the time of the kings. In fact, the Palais du Tau will reveal some objects dating from the monarchy: Charlemagne’s talisman, Saint Ursula’s reliquary, etc.
Besides that, other places are worth a visit. We can of course mention the city center of Reims and more particularly the Place Drouet D’Erlon. Several museums will also attract your attention. Among them, the fine arts museum or the automobile museum.
In any case, you understood that anything is possible for your wine tourism tour in the Champagne area. You have the possibility to 100% customize your tour. Contact our team for any request!
Wine Tourism in the Champagne Area : an Experience for the Whole Family
Many families come to do wine tourism in the Champagne area! So why not yours? Of course, your children must of drinking age. If so, an excursion at the heart of the Champagne vineyards will allow you to create beautiful memories as a family. Indeed, it is a positive and original experience that will contribute to strengthen the family bonds.
You can choose to spend a morning, an afternoon, or a day of discovery with your family. You can also opt for a semi-private or private visit.
Making Memories with Friends
Do you and your friends want to get out of your daily routine? Suggest to them an wine tourism tour in the Champagne area! Indeed, such an experience will be a pleasant change from the classic outings to the cinema, bowling, bars, clubs, etc. If your friends enjoy an occasional glass of champagne, rest assured that they will be delighted with the trip. Moreover, such an excursion will certainly deepen your friendship.
Depending on the option you choose, you can spend half a day or a whole day with friends!
A Beautiful Moment to Share as a Couple
Are you looking for activity ideas to do as a couple? Wine tourism in our region is a great option. Of course, it’s best undertaken by those who already appreciate champagne, even a little! If so, a trip through the Champagne area will allow you to get back home filled with memories to treasure. It will also be a pleasant change from the activities you are used to doing.
Quite the Idea for a Bachelor(ette) Party
Are you planning a bachelorette party? A half- or a full-day wine tourism tour in the Champagne area is a brilliant idea. The bride-to-be will have a brilliantly memorable time surrounded by her friends.
Of course, this also works perfectly for a bachelor party.
Whether you are planning to discover the champagne area with your family, friends, partner or for any special occasion, do not hesitate to contact us!