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Le Mesnil-sur-Oger/France

Introducing Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

Musée de la Vigne et du Vin is so outstanding that it’s worth planning your day around a tour.

Assembled by a family that has been making Champagne since 1872, this extraordinary collection of century-old Champagne-making equipment includes objects so aesthetically ravishing that you’ll want to reach out and touch them. Among the highlights is a massive 16-tonne oak-beam grape press from 1630. Reservations can be made by phone or through the website; tours are not necessarily in English.

For an excellent French meal, head to Le Mesnil. This refined contemporary restaurant spotlights seasonal flavours in dishes from suckling pig goulash to lobster terrine with scallops. Wine and restaurant critic Michael Edwards calls Le Mesnil ‘the greatest Chardonnay commune in Champagne’.