It’s time for Champagne
‘Sip the stars’ as Napoleon once said as you enjoy this highpoint of your trip
Explore the finest vineyards of this charming region of France
Wander through the Champagne region’s finest vineyards and discover UNESCO heritage-listed sites – it’s time to really experience the finest bubbly, on your own terms.
cheers to this
A visit to this famous French region, just an hour’s train ride from Paris, is a bucket-list-ticking experience. But to do so with LVMH’S luxury retail and experience brand Clos19, is to be elevated to a new level – and gives you access to experiences no other visitors can have.
The extravagance starts as you check in to the recently renovated Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, situated just north of Epernay – the centre of the Champagne region
– and then continues as you are given private tours through Moët & Chandon’s 270’s years of history, Ruiniart’s World Heritage listed crayères, or chalk galleries and Veuve Clicquot’s most exclusive drops. The luxury continues after the tours have finished with meals at the region’s most awarded restaurants. Champagne done in style, with a very champagne budget. To book your tour to Champagne with Clos19, go to clos19.com.
When your time is tight
It’s possible to visit the wine-making region as a day trip out of Paris. Paris City Vision runs small group day tours that pick you up at your hotel for an indulgent spin through Champagne. You’ll take in the rolling valleys and
bell towers of the 45 different villages found here, taste the fruits of a small local producer creating bottles of refined bubbles and dine on salmon and coq au vin with the locals during a traditional lunch in Epernay.
The tour can also be booked privately if you and your travelling companions want to sip through the countryside at your own pace. Visit www.pariscityvision.com/en/ reims-champagne-minibus.
and there’s more
If you want something more tailored to your specific wants, Champagne Tour will help you create a bespoke overnight experience in Reims. Or, if you’re looking for recommendations, their Château Champagne and Pinot Noir Tour will take you through the Montagne de Reims region in the north east of Champagne. This region has more grand cru vineyards than any other, so you know what’s in your flute will be delicious.
The regions two most popular towns, Reims and Epernay, are here but it’s often the small village Hautvillers that attracts attention. The abbey here is where Dom Pierre Pérignon lived and created the first fizzy wine. This tour takes you to some of the lesser known cellar doors, such as Pommery, and offers a lunch and stay in a hotel that’s straight from fairy tales. Château de Rilly is resplendent with formal gardens and wide terraces to take in the views as the sun sets over the valley, with a glass in hand. See champagne-tour. com/overnight-discovery.html.
Here’s to you – sunset over the vineyards of Montagne de Reims.
There’s much to do in the village of Epernay, centre of the Champagne region. What an experience, going deep into the cellars where famous vintages were made and stored. Whatever champagne you taste, you’ll be supping the best – loving that! Your visit includes a tour of Château de Saran, built by Jean-remy Moët, one of Napoleon’s close friends.