France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Champagne Wineries
The great champagne wineries based in Reims and Épernay are not the only ones to visit in the Champagne region. There are many more you've never heard of!

 
   

 

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—Veuve Cliquot, Bollinger, Jacquart, Moët et Chandon, Mumm's, Pol Roger, Pommery, Taittinger —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.

But there are many more 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.

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 be by appointment. Check with the Tourist Information Office in Reims or Épernay or with your chosen winery in advance.

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.

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-Jouet, Pol Roger, and many more. Check with the Tourist Office 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.

The Route de Champagne winds among some of the small champagne-producing towns in the region. Exploring this will provide beautiful views and allow you to experience some of the lesser-known but equally wonderful champagnes.



What to See and Do in Reims

What to See and Do in Épernay

Champagne House Visit

Hotels in Reims

Reims Restaurants

Reims Transport

Épernay Transport

Tourist Information in Reims

Tourist Information in Épernay

About Reims

Champagne Region

 

 

 

Champagne vines, Epernay, France

Above, Champagne grape vines in Epernay, France.

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

 

Champagne bottles, Epernay, France



Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, France

Above, A wonderful address in Épernay.

 

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