Discover the region of Champagne in one day on this tour from Paris. You'll enjoy guided visits and tastings at renowned Champagne houses such as Moët and Chandon or Veuve Clicquot, as well as smaller wineries, plus have lunch at a family-run estate. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore vineyards, walk through chalk cellars, and learn about this legendary sparkling wine. This 11-hour tour is by minivan with a guide, who specializes in wine and Champagne and shares knowledge and anecdotes.
Your driver guide picks you up in a comfortable minivan in Paris for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Champagne, the region where the famous French bubbles are produced. On your way to the vineyards, enjoy croissants while your guide tells you about the amazing world of Champagne.Begin with the visit to a prestigious Champagne house such as Moët and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Mumm (depending on availability). Check out beautiful chalk cellars full of bottles, get lost in a maze of galleries, and enjoy a Champagne tasting at the end of your tour, by which time the mysterious méthode Champenoise will no longer be a secret to you.Continue your day trip with a drive through the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne, between Reims, Ay, and Epernay. While you admire the scenic views, learn more about the three different Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. Your next stop is a family-run winery where you'll have lunch (upon availability). Meet the winemaker and enjoy a meal of traditional food paired with a Champagne tasting.After lunch, head to Hautvillers to visit its abbey and soak up the atmosphere of a typical French village, where Benedictine monk Dom Perignon made sparkling Champagne for the first time more than 300 years ago. Then visit a middle sized winery, and see a sabrage or a dégorgement à la volée (depending on availability). Enjoy a tasting of authentic Champagnes that you don't get the chance to enjoy outside of France.Throughout your day trip, you'll listen to plenty of information about how Champagne is made. Hear about Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs. Find out how Champagne rosé is made. Discover if Grands Crus and Premiers Crus exist in Champagne. Find out if there is a specific Champagne terroir. Hear about the history of the Champagne region and how the coronation of French kings used to take place in Reims' Gothic cathedral.Following your third tasting, your guide drives you back and drops you off in central Paris (Hôtel de Ville)