The Top 4 Day Trips to the Champagne Region

Dive deep into the bubbly in the Magic Kingdom of Champagne. We heartily recommend that you spend a day discovering the wonders of the Champagne region — from meeting small family producers to visiting a grand champagne house to learning about the intricacies of creating the most celebrated beverage in the world. Of course, there will be plenty of tasting along the way. Maybe that's why these are our favorite day trips!

There are great options for arranging your perfect day in Champagne. We've chosen these four small-group tours as our favorites. With no more than eight people you get individual attention, and having a dedicated driver is better than riding on a large bus! Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and will guide you to all the stops along the way. There's nothing for you to do except relax and enjoy the ride to the magical kingdom of Champagne!

Full Day Trip to Champagne

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Small-Group Day Trip to Champagne

Be picked up at your hotel and whisked away to the magic Land of Bubbly.

Drive through rolling hills and vineyards to the capital of Champagne country, Reims. Here you see the famous cathedral where all the French kings were crowned. Next go to Epernay to discover how the grapes are grown, how the wine is made, and taste the most famous product of the region.

After a traditional lunch, visit one of the most famous champagne houses, see the cellars, and taste more bubbly. In fact, taste as much as you want — someone else is doing the driving!

Wine-Tasting Day Trip to Champagne

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Wine-Tasting Day Trip to Champagne

This one focuses on the bubbly, with more time spent in the cellars and sipping and less time sightseeing. The emphasis is on the Grands Crus of Champagne.

After picking you up at your Paris hotel, your expert guide, a trained sommelier, takes you along the wine route to Champagne and one of the famous producers such as Pommery or Taittinger (two of our favorites). During this full day you'll have lunch, visit three producers and learn all about how champagne is made.

Available Monday & Thursday — October to April. Available Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday — May to September

Visit Two Major Houses + the Birthplace of Bubbly

Birthplace of Bubbly

Here's another good tour that picks you up at your Paris hotel and treats you to an action-packed day in the Land of Bubbly.

"Great tour and the guide was great," a traveler writes in a 5-star review. "It was good that the group was small, it let everyone to get to know each other. Would highly recommend."

Start the day in Epernay, unofficial capital of the Champagne region, for an extensive tour and tasting at Moët and Chandon, where you visit some of the 28 km of underground caves, or cellars. Then ride through the famous vineyards to the village of Hautvilliers, home of champagne monk Dom Pérignon.

Usually you end your tasting at the House of Mumm. But due to renovations (until 2016) the tour now ends at Champagnerie Mercier, who produces a champagne we like even better!

Reims & The Champagne Region

Reims & The Champagne Region

This day trip to the Champagne region includes a tour at a large champagne house, a visit to a small champagne producer, plus a 3-course lunch with wine in the cathedral city of Reims.

It's another small-group tour, limited to eight people, with personal pickup and return at your Paris address.

While you're in Reims, by the way, you also get a guided tour of its cathedral, famous for being the place where the kings of France were crowned. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Champagne Quotes

Audrey Hepburn

"Champagne is always a good idea."
– Audrey Hepburn

"I only drink champagne on two occasions: when I am in love and when I am not."
– Coco Chanel

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne."
– John Maynard Keynes

"Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it."
– Madame de Pompadour

"A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred; the wits become more nimble."
– Winston Churchill

"I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself."
– Napoleon Bonaparte

The Most Popular Champagne Brands

The Most Popular Champagne Brands

Although we tend to think of champagne being only produced by the Big Houses, (see list below), in reality there are hundreds (400?) of small, family-owned champagne producers.

But it's the big brands, because of wide distribution, sheer size, and pretty darned good product, that dominate the list of most popular bubblies. According to our sources, the top ten brands based on popularity are —

Our preference? We would probably reverse this list!

  1. Perrier Jouët…
  2. Moet & Chandon
  3. Mumm
  4. Ruinart
  5. Billecart-Salmon
  6. Laurent-Perrier
  7. Louis Roederer
  8. Veuve Clicquot
  9. Bollinger
  10. Taittinger

Champagne Fun Facts

Champagne Fun Facts

There are an astounding 200 million bottles of champagne stored in the 155 miles of caves beneath Reims!

During World War I French soldiers at the front line in Champagne were allotted a bottle of champagne a day.

Only bubbly made in the Champagne region can be called champagne. Other countries and other regions of France must settle for "sparking wine" or a similar term. (We've always preferred "tinkle"!).

Capital C "Champagne" is the region, "champagne" is the wine.

Champagne is one of the northern-most wine producing regions in the world.

Champagne is primarily made from three grape varieties — pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay.

Know how many turns to make to remove the champagne cage? 6 half-turns. Always.

Méthode Champenoise is the traditional method of how champagne is made. After primary fermentation and bottling, a second fermentation occurs in the bottle. Even if other regions make their bubbly the same way, they have to call it Méthode Traditionelle.

There are about 50 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne! We counted.

Champagne goes especially well with salty, fatty foods. Think caviar, potato chips, or our favourite, deep-fried calamari. The sweetness in strawberries or desserts can destroy the delicate flavors of champagne.

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