Gold Champagne Experience (full day private tour)

ÉPERNAY
Organized by : Ay-Champagne Experience
From 400.00€
  • Gold Champagne Experience (full day private tour)
  • Gold Champagne Experience (full day private tour)
  • Gold Champagne Experience (full day private tour)
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    English, French
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During this private all-inclusive day experience from Epernay, Reims and its surroundings, you will discover the "Côte des Blancs" Grand Cru and the most famous Grand Cru/Premier Cru villages and vineyards of Champagne around Epernay, visit 2 families of producers and taste a selection of many Champagnes.

Highlights

Discovery of the "Côte des Blancs" Grand Cru and all the famous villages and vineyards of the historic Champagne hillsides in the Marne Valley near Epernay.
Visit of the Church where Dom Perignon rests in Hautvillers.
Pause at the most beautiful viewpoint of Champagne in the heart of the vines.
Visit of 2 family growers, independent producers of Champagne.
Tastings of a selection of 6 Champagnes Grand Cru/Premier Cru.
Discovery of the famous village and Grand Cru vineyard of Aÿ-Champagne.
Convivial Champagne lunch (a bottle of Champagne for 2).
Enjoy the essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs during additional tastings.

In detail

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  • During this day, you will discover the very famous "Côte des Blancs", Kingdom of Chardonnay Grand Cru and the historic hillsides of the Marne Valley listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO where Champagne was born.
  • Our discovery tour through the vineyards and villages of the "Côte des Blancs" passes in front of the "Château de Saran", a prestigious property of the LVMH group (owner of Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, etc.) and the production site of Champagne Moët & Chandon.
  • A commented passage is also planned in the very famous "Avenue de Champagne" of Epernay, Capital of the Champagne vineyard, where the superb mansions and production buildings of the Champagne Houses Moët & Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger, etc. are located.
  • Visit 2 families of independent producers/growers with an explanation of the Champagne production process, visit of the presses, wineries and cellars.
  • Taste many Grand cru/Premier cru Champagnes : natural Champagnes (without dosage), entra brut, old vines, vintages, aged in oak barrels, etc. Tastings are commented with tasting advice.
  • In addition to the Champagnes, taste the 3 essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs : Ratafia, Fine de la Marne and Marc de Champagne from the Goyard Distillery which is the oldest in Champagne.
  • The village of Aÿ-Champagne was the main center of the Champagne industry in the 16th century. The kings of France had their own wine presses here and the wines of Champagne used to be called “Wines of Aÿ”. The vineyard predominantly planted with Pinot Noir is classified as Grand Cru at the highest level of the Appellation.
On our visit to a part of this historic village and its well-known vineyard, we will discuss the vineyard management, the different grape varieties, the exceptional Terroir and sustainable viticulture.
 
The tour includes a stop in front of the headquarters of the famous Champagne Houses in Aÿ such as Bollinger, Deutz and Ayala.
 
  • Drive through other villages and vineyards classified Premier cru including Mareuil-sur-Aÿ where the Champagne Houses Billecart-Salmon and Philipponnat are located.
  • When visiting Hautvillers called the “Cradle of Champagne”, enjoy a private tour of the Church where the grave of Dom Pérignon, known as the spiritual father of Champagne, is.
  • In Hautvillers, we will also stop to enjoy the most magnificent panorama of Champagne overlooking the Marne Valley, the place where Dom Pérignon carried out his experiments in winemaking. It is the ideal place in the heart of the vineyard to take unforgettable photos of you and this breathtaking landscape.
  • For lunch, we have selected for you champagne and dining bars appreciated by the locals in order to share this convivial moment*. 
On the menu, to accompany your glasses of Champagne (a bottle for 2) for example : gourmet platters of charcuterie and cheese with bread and salad, ready-made farm meals, pâtés, regional biscuits and coffee.When booking your tour, please inform us if you have food allergies or have any dietary requirements.*Depending on the day of the tour, the lunch location may vary.
 
*Depending on the day of the tour, the lunch location may vary.

Included

Private day all included with transport
Pick-up from Reims, Epernay and surrounding villages on request (Max. 6 kms - 3.7 miles)
Private local guide
Travelers' choice awarded by Tripadvisor and labels Ecotourisme and Vignobles et Découvertes

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Meeting place

Pick up points in Epernay - ÉPERNAY

Pick-up and drop-off at your convenience in front of the Reims or Epernay Tourist Office, at your hotel/guest house or at the train stations (Reims centre, TGV Gare Reims-Bezannes, Epernay). If you want a specific place for pickup/drop off, please ask and give us the address, we will let you know if it is possible.

If you are a small private group of more than 3 people, in rainy weather or according to the season, the vehicle will not be the electric E-Mehari red Jeep car but a Premium Mini-Van or Mercedes Van.
The electric E-Mehari will be open or not depending on the weather of the day.
It is a crossover, if you have difficulty getting into slightly raised vehicles contact us.

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Latest modification on 22/04/2024
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