France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Champagne Wineries
The great champagne wineries based in Reims, Épernay and nearby towns are not the only ones to visit in the Champagne region. There are many more you've never heard of! To find them, follow La Route de Champagne....

 
 

 

 

The great wineries of France's Champagne region produce the world's premier sparkling wine.

Some of the grandes marques may be familiar to you— Bollinger, Jacquart, Moët et Chandon, Mumm's, Pol Roger, Pommery, Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot,—because they produce champagne in great quantities and ship it all over the world. It's what you can find in your local wineshop, and what is served in restaurants where you live.

A large Champagne wine company may own vineyards all over the Champagne region and beyond, and may bottle its wine with a variety of names and labels.Champagne Monopole, for example, makes Champagne Monopole, Pommery, Charles Lafitte, Vranken, and various other wines that are not champagne.

But there are many small champagne wineries in the Champagne region, most of which sell their entire production of wine just within Europe, or within France, or even just within the Champagne region. Some of these smaller wineries are well known in France, some are so small that their fame—and distribution of their wines—are limited to the local area.

Here's a partial list of the larger champagne labels and wineries.

Whichever sort of winery interests you, you'll enjoy visiting one or more wineries for a tour and tasting.

Not all champagne wineries give tours or tastings, and times may vary, or may be by appointment only. Check with the Office de Tourisme in Reims or Épernay or with your chosen winery in advance.

Reims Champagne Wineries

Within the borders of Reims you'll find Veuve Cliquot, Mumm's, Pommery, Taittinger, and many more. Most are within walking distance of the train station, or can be reached via a short bus ride.

Épernay Champagne Wineries

In Épernay the main street is the Avenue de Champagne, said to be the richest street in the world because of the wealth of champagne in its caves. You can walk down this street and pass Moët & Chandon, Mercier, De Castellane, Perrier-Jouët, Pol Roger, and many more. Check with the Office de Tourisme about visits.

The Champagne region's two main cities, Reims and Épernay, are headquarters for many of the great names in champagne, but many other towns also have smaller wineries. You can use Reims or Épernay as your base to visit the smaller towns, most easily done with your own vehicle.

Champagne Wine Trails

Champagne Wine Trails is a system of five driving routes that wind among some of the smaller champagne-producing towns in the region. Organized by the official Comité Champagne, these routes provide beautiful views and allow you to experience some of the lesser-known but equally wonderful champagnes, all of which are shown in lists of Growers, Houses and Co-operatives.

Here are the five routes:

1. Reims & Region

2. Épernay & Region

3. Marne Valley

4. Côte des Bar

5. Coteaux Vitryats


What to See & Do in Reims

What to See & Do in Épernay

Champagne House Visit

Hotels in Reims

Reims Restaurants

Reims Transport

Épernay Transport

About Reims

Champagne Region

 

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Champagne vines, Epernay, France

Above, Champagne grape vines in Épernay, France.



 

Champagne bottles, Epernay, France

Champagne comes in bottles of all sizes, from the small 1/4 bottle ("split") to the Nebuchadnezzar, equal to 20 bottles!

Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, France

A wonderful address in Épernay.

 

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