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.
There are good 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!
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
Our day trip from Paris was absolutely amazing! Matthew was very knowledgeable and clearly had a passion for champagne. While waiting for our first champagne house Matthew tooks us to a great cafe for coffee! The lunch at Maison Penet was delish and the champagne was even better then the incredible food! We would highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves champagne!"
– 5-Star Review
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!
An amazing day from start to finish. Appreciated the convenience of pick-up/drop-off at the hotel. Enjoyed the visit to Moet Chandon and viewing the spectacular views of the countryside. Highly recommend."
– 5-Star Review
If you really want to go deep and have a more personal Champagne experience, we recommend a private day trip where your driver picks you up at your Paris address for a full day of tasting and exploration.
At small family estates, or at important brands like Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Taittinger, or Ruinart, (you tell your driver/guide what you would prefer) learn how to identify different champagne styles; about the grape varieties use to make the bubbly; details about fermentation times, metal vs barrel ageing; and about the mysterious and important concept of terroir. There will be from a dozen to fifteen individual tastings as you visit different subregions of Champagne.
This is a private tour that cannot be booked at the last minute, so be sure to plan ahead.
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 also 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 and emperors of France were crowned. Daily (except Sundays) in the warm months. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday in the cooler months.
"Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it."
– Madame de Pompadour
"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
"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
Although we may 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 a 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!
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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