The Must-sees from Epernay (private Champagne tour) 3h30

REIMS
Organized by : Ay-Champagne Experience
From 200.00€
  • The Must-sees from Epernay (private Champagne tour) 3h30
  • The Must-sees from Epernay (private Champagne tour) 3h30
  • The Must-sees from Epernay (private Champagne tour) 3h30
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    English, French
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Discover the most famous Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and villages of the historic hillsides of Champagne listed as World Heritage Site by Unesco in the Marne Valley from Hautvillers to Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, visit a family of independent grower, taste a selection of 3 Champagnes and the essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs.

Highlights

Discovery of 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 viewpoints of Champagne.
Visit of a family grower, independent producer of Champagne.
Tasting of a selection of 3 Champagnes Grand Cru/Premier Cru.
Enjoy the essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs during additional tastings.

In detail

Full description

  • Discovery of the famous villages and vineyards classified Grand cru and Premier cru around Epernay in the historic hillsides in the Marne Valley listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, mainly planted with Pinot Noir.
  • 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 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.

 

  • Discover the villages and vineyards classified Premier cru of Mutigny and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ where the Champagne Houses Billecart-Salmon and Philipponnat are located. A stop is planned at the Mont du Gruguet viewpoint.
  • Visit a family of independent producer/grower with an explanation of the Champagne production process, visit of the press, winery and cellar. The visit will be followed by a tasting of several of their Champagnes.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 vineyards to take unforgettable photos of you and this breathtaking landscape.

Included

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

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Meeting place

5 Bd charles de Gaulle - 51100 REIMS

Pick-up and drop-off at your convenience in front of the Epernay Tourist Office, at your hotel/guest house or at the train station of 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.

Latest modification on 24/07/2024
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