Reims and Épernay are appealing bases for driving tours along the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs Champagne routes, with a plentiful supply of characterful hotels and B&Bs. Troyes is a great choice for exploring the southern Côte des Bar route. Plan ahead and you can find charming digs in the heart of wine country – local tourist offices and the website www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk can advise.