Prosperous Épernay, the self-proclaimed capitale du champagne and home to many of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses, is the best place for touring cellars and sampling bubbly. The town also makes an excellent base for exploring the Champagne Routes.
Beneath the streets in 110km of subterranean cellars, more than 200 million bottles of Champagne, just waiting to be popped open on some sparkling occasion, are being aged. In 1950 one such cellar – owned by the irrepressible Mercier family – hosted a car rally without the loss of a single bottle!
Épernay is 25km south of Reims and can be visited by train or car as a day trip from Reims.
Épernay destination guides
Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris by Minivan
This tour will take you to the heart of the Champagne country to discover the history and secrets of "The King of Wines". You'll visit world-renowned champagne house of Moet and Chandon and tour the historic city of Reims, the capital of the Champagne region.
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region from Paris
Enjoy a wonderful day trip from Paris to Champagne, one of the most famous regions in France, and indulge in eight tastings of bubbly in three different locations! With your expert guide, a trained sommelier, visit Moët & Chandon in the town of Epernay for your first tasting.