France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Épernay, France Guide
You've undoubtedly heard of Reims as a champagne town, but Épernay has just as good a claim to champagne fame.




The town of Épernay, 28 km (17 miles) south of Reims, 130 km (81 miles) east of Paris (map), is a major champagne winery center, home to such prestigious labels as Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Deutz, Jacquesson, Mercier, Moët et Chandon, Perrier-Jouët and Pol Roger, among others.

Some of the great houses' wine shops are ranged along the famous Avenue de Champagne. Others are in the adjoining towns of Aÿ, Dizy, and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ on the north side of the Marne River from Épernay (map).

A warning is in order: only a few of the major houses are open for tours and tastings, and the wineries themselves are rarely the stately châteaux de la Loire or châteaux de Bordeaux that you may see in your mind's eye. Most look like workaday factories, trim but unexciting.

You can travel by train to Épernay directly from Paris for a visit, or from Reims, or you can plan a loop tour by train and/or bus: Paris—>Reims—>Épernay—>Paris. More...

Epernay, Champagne, France
A giant champagne cork symbolizes Épernay...

Although Reims has most of the Champagne region's hotels, there are some to consider in Épernay. More...

If you have your own vehicle, you may want to escape to the countryside and visit some of the smaller champagne wineries in smaller towns and villages.

Hotels in Épernay

Hotels in Reims

What to See & Do

Visiting Champagne Wineries

Tourist Information


Transport: Champagne Region



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Champagne bottles, Epernay, France

Tower of bottles at Champagne Mercier.





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