Top things to do

Top Choice Street in Épernay

Avenue de Champagne

Épernay’s handsome av de Champagne fizzes with maisons de champagne (Champagne houses). The boulevard is lined with mansions and neoclassical villas, rebuilt after WWI. Peek through wrought-iron gates at Moët’s priv…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Épernay

C. Comme

The downstairs cellar has a stash of 400 different varieties of Champagne; sample them in the softly lit bar-bistro upstairs. Accompany with a tasting plate of regional cheese, charcuterie and rillettes (pork pâté).…
Top Choice Museum in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

Musée de la Vigne et du Vin

This museum is so outstanding that it’s worth planning your day around a two-hour tour. Assembled by a family that has been making Champagne since 1872, this extraordinary collection of century-old Champagne-making …
Top Choice French in Épernay

La Grillade Gourmande

This chic, red-walled, art-slung bistro is an inviting spot to try chargrilled meats and dishes rich in texture and flavour, such as crayfish pan-fried in Champagne and lamb cooked in rosemary and honey until meltin…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Hautvillers

Au 36

This slinky wine boutique has a ‘wall’ of Champagne, innovatively arranged by aroma, and a laid-back upstairs tasting room. A two-/three-glass tasting costs €13/17, while a six-glass tasting for two people costs €38…
Viewpoint in Verzenay

Phare & Musée de Verzenay

For the region’s best introduction to the art of growing grapes and the cycles of the seasons, head to the Phare de Verzenay, on a hilltop at the eastern edge of the village. Exactly 101 spiral stairs lead to the to…
Statue in Épernay

Dom Pérignon

Everyone who visits Moët & Chandon invariably stops to strike a pose next to the statue of Dom Pérignon (c 1638–1715), after whom the prestige cuvée is named. The Benedictine monk played a pivotal role in making…
French in Épernay

Le Théâtre

Sidling up to Épernay’s theatre, Le Théâtre raises a curtain on a delightfully old-school brasserie with splashes of high-ceilinged art-nouveau charm. The Belgian chef, Lieven Vercouteren, prides himself on using su…
Winery in Châtillon-sur-Marne

Albert Levasseur

You’re assured a warm – and English-speaking – welcome and a fascinating cellar tour at Albert Levasseur, run by a friendly Franco-Irish couple, which turns grapes grown on 4.2 hectares into 35,000 to 40,000 bottles…
Bar in Verzenay

Perching Bar

Squirrelled away deep in the forest of the Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims, this slick, Nordic-cool treehouse commands broad views over valley and vine – and we just love those swings! It’s accessed vi…