Be a grape picker for the day in some of the region’s vineyards
Winemakers organise grape picking days to give visitors a sparkling introduction to life in the vineyard. You will spend the morning picking grapes followed by a typical harvesters’ lunch. The afternoon is spent visiting the winery. Please note that the exact programme varies from vineyard to vineyard.
Marne Tourist Board Tel: +33(0)3 26 68 37 52 www.tourisme-en-champagne.com
Aube Tourist Board Tel: +33 (0)3 25 42 50 00 www.aube-champagne.com
Champ’Aventure adds a sparkle to your trip with quad biking around the cham- pagne vineyards. Available by reservation for a half or full day, accompanied by a guide. The route leads around Festigny (in the Marne Valley to the west of Epernay), through woods, hillsides, fields and small tracks up to the banks of the Marne river.
Champ’Aventure Tel: 00 33 (0)3 26 53 92 71 www.champaventure.fr
co-visit of the vineyard by electric carr
To enable visitors to explore the area in more depth, the family organises eco- friendly vineyard tours and tastings in an open-topped electric car. Leaving from Epernay, the two-hour tours take in idyllic scenery, champagne tastings and a picnic among the vines (depending on the format chosen). The tours run three times daily and include a scenic stop overlooking the Mountain of Reims Natural Park. Commentaries are available in English, German, French and Italian.
miniature train ride amid the vines
A guided tour by miniature train is available amid the vineyards of the Mountain of Reims area and the village of Chamery, departing from Champagne Lallement. Throughout the ride amidst the vineyards, this guided tour shows visitors all about the work of winemakers, their expertise, the village of Chamery, as well as views across the sloping vineyards of the Mountain of Reims. After the train ride, the tour continues on foot inside the cellars to further explore champagne, with of course, a tasting!
The little train of the Champagne Vineyards (Champagne Lallement), Chamery Tel: 00 33 (0)3 26 97 66 00 www.caveauchampagnelallement.com
The museum of marriage and Champagne
The village of Oger, in addition to being one of the most beautiful floral villages in the region, is also home to a unique museum. The visit begins with a presentation of weddings throughout the ages including exhibitions of objects, dresses, decoration and sumptuous matrimonial furniture. The ‘Hall of Labels’ leads into the history of the Champagne Appellation with galleries displaying a collection of vine tools and of winemaking methods of the past. The tour finishes in the vaulted cellar, where champagne tasting is available.
The Museum of Mariage & Champagne, Oger Tel: 00 33 (0)3 26 57 50 89 www.mariage-et-champagne.fr
Champagne g.h. mumm, museum of champagne making tools
A tour of the champagne cellars of this prestigious Champagne House, which provides a chance to explore all the secrets of how champagne is made, finishes with a visit of the museum. Here, old tools are on display encompassing all the trades associated with champagne-making.
Champagne G.H. Mumm & Cie, Reims Tel: 00 33 (0)3 26 49 59 69 www.mumm.com
ThE ChAmPAgnE RouTE
The Champagne Route consists of 5 sign- posted circuits (4 in the Marne, 1 in the Aube), stretching for over 300 miles (500) km and winding their way through the vineyard, leading you to magnificent view points and through authentic champagne villages, with their ancient monasteries, wash-houses, chateaux and churches. Whilst there are around 5,000 family producers of Champagne, about 80 of these have signed up to the Champagne Route to welcome visitors and to offer a personalised visit of their establishment. It is recommended to phone beforehand to assure the availability of the owners. The visits are usually free for individual visitors, although this does vary and sometimes depends on whether or not you purchase any champagne during your visit.
The following Champagne producers offer visits in English:
Champagne Etienne Lefevre, Verzy www.champagne-etienne-lefevre.com
Champagne Charlier Montigny-sous-Chatillon www.champagne-charlier.com
Champagne Tribaut, Hautvillers http://champagne.g.tribaut.com
Champagne Vilmart, Rilly-la-Montagne www.champagnevilmart.com
Champagne Drappier, Urville www.champagne-drappier.com
Champagne Jolly, Landreville www.jollychamp.com
Champagne Vézien, Celles-sur-Ource http://champagne-vezien.com
Champagne Richard Cheurlin Celles-sur-Ource www.champagne-cheurlin.com