If there’s one place where the word Champagne takes on its full meaning, it’s Hautvillers, a typically Champagne village whose hillsides are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hautvillers is the cradle of Champagne. It was here that a certain Dom Pérignon perfected the méthode champenoise, which made Champagne the king of wines.
On foot or by bike, discovery and touring go hand in hand
The village inevitably makes you want to stretch your legs. Once you’ve taken photos of the pretty wrought-iron signs on many of our facades, you’ll want to know: are we heading for the vineyards or the forest?
For the first option, the Tourist Office will give you a head start. Or rather, to the pedal: he offers you two formulas for
guided electric bike tours
in the historic hillsides listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. And if you haven’t brought your water bottle, don’t worry: the second package includes a
Vive la vie en vert!
If you’re more of a clogs fan than a cyclist, there’s no shortage of walking trails in Hautvillers.
Starting with the summer classic, the Pic Noir trail: 2.5 km of pure forest pleasure, accessed via La Briqueterie, 1 km north of the village. What about the little one’s stroller? No problem: the access road, asphalted throughout, crosses the forest for 1.5 km, and the most ardent can even push on to the village of Champillon, twice as far!
To make the most of the sunshine, you might opt for the Dom Pérignon Pedestal tour. The 3 km route reveals Hautvillers from the vineyard to the valley. You’ll come across the abbey church of dom Pérignon, where the famous monk, the father of champagne according to tradition, is laid to rest. Its woodwork and superb stalls are well worth a visit. Then, between two vineyard paths, a photo stop is in order at the most famous viewpoint in the Marne valley, the Dom Pérignon belvedere, at the start of the vertiginous descent to the river.
Hautvillers Tourist Office
10 Place de la République