Welcome to Champagne legendary Region!
Champagne is a historic region of France and a rich agricultural area who gained its international recognition thanks to the sparkling wine method. Dom Perignon has engraved the name “Champagne” for eternity. Located about two hours distance from Paris, Champagne combines elegance and lifestyle. Here – and only – the Champagne sparkling wine is produced, regulated by very strict charts. Between hills, plains, and forests, you will discover the vineyard which spreads over six territories including La Montagne de Reims.
Charming Villages, Grands-Crus of Champagne, Michelin Restaurants
When it comes to visiting Champagne, a small group makes a big difference. Join Corinne of Lifestyle Vacations France to explore Champagne legendary region while improving your knowledge about Champagne unique sparkling wines process and experiencing a refined French cuisine in Michelin and traditional restaurants. Walking tours to picturesque villages and historic sites complete the program.
Luxury Getaway to Champagne is a Lifestyle Vacations France exclusive tour departing from Paris and fully escorted by Corinne A. Preteur personally. The itinerary highlights La Montagne de Reims, between the cities of Reims and Epernay, where the prestigious Houses of Champagne have set their headquarters. You will visit the spectacular deep chalk caves where millions of bottles are aged. La Montagne de Reims is reputed for its 17 “Grand Crus” villages such as Verzenay, Verzy, Mailly, Bouzy, Ay… without forgetting Hautvillers, the birthplace of Dom Perignon.
You will experience the best Champagne through the visits in the wineries and enjoy grands crus and old vintage wine tastings. You will discover the villages of Champagne and its sweet life. You visit the cathedral of Reims, where most of French Kings were crowned. You will meet Corinne’s longstanding personal friends, including chefs and winemakers. One-night boutique-hotel**** accommodation is included in the program.
About the Champagne Wines
The Champagne production zone (AOC vineyard area) is defined and delimited by a law passed in 1927, encompassing roughly 34,000 hectares of vineyards. The vineyard spreads over 150 kilometers to the east of Paris, crossing 320 villages (crus) of five counties : Marne, Aube, Aisne, Haute-Marne and Seine-et-Marne. There are four main growing areas: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, and Côte des Bar. Together it encompasses nearly 278,000 plots of vines, each measuring roughly 18 ares (100 square metres). Seventeen villages have a traditional entitlement to Grand Cru ranking and 42 to Premier Cru ranking. The vineyard is predominantly planted of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay.
Pinot noir: 38% of planting. It’s the predominant grape variety on the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Bar where the cool and chalky soil suit perfectly. The Pinot Noir adds backbone and body to the blend, producing wines with distinctive aromas of red berries and good structure.
Chardonnay: 30% of plantings. Chardonnay is the king on the Côte des Blancs, yielding delicately fragrant wines with characteristic notes of flowers, citrus and sometimes minerals. Being slower to develop than the other two varieties, chardonnay produces wines that are built to age.
Meunier: 32% of planting. This robust grape variety shows better cold-weather resistance than pinot noir. It grows perfectly in the argillaceous soils of the Marne valley. Meunier adds roundness to the blend, producing supple, fruity wines that tend to age more quickly than wines made with the other two varieties.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Reims
Morning transfer to Reims from your hotel in Paris by private Mercedes car or van.
Morning visit to Veuve Clicquot or Taittinger prestigious House of Champagne.
Lunch in an elegant French Brasserie in Reims.
Walking tour in downtown Reims to the legendary Cathedral of Reims that you will visit.
Transfer to the chic boutique-hotel located 5 miles distance from Reims on the way to Epernay.
Check-in at the hotel and visit to a family-run winery followed by Champagne tasting.
Gourmet dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant in Reims.
Day 2 : Epernay & Champagne Grand Crus quaint villages
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning visit to Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët prestigious House of Champagne in Epernay.
Private golf cart tour through the vineyards followed by a chic picnic amidst the vineyard overlooking Epernay and the villages nearby.
Afternoon guided walking tour to Hautvillers picturesque village and visit to the abbey where Dom Perignon is buried.
Transfer to Paris.
End of the tour.
US$ 2,090 per person (DBL occupancy) – Private tour for 2 people
US$ 1,400 per person (DBL occupancy) – Private tour for 4 people
Single supplement: US$ 180.
– Paris-Champagne round-trip private transfer
– 2 full-day transportation by private car or van
– Luxury boutique-hotel accommodation, continental breakfast included
– Expert-led visits to the prestigious Houses of Champagne followed by grand cru wine tastings
– Visit to a family-owned winery including a superb picnic amidst the vineyards
– Gourmet lunches and dinners accompanied by wine including a Michelin-starred experience
Not included : Drinks in restaurants, personal expenses and personal insurance.
Tour is offered upon request only!
IMPORTANT! Before booking, please contact Corinne at firstname.lastname@example.org
This tour departs on Tuesday and Friday, from April to October (except in August and on public holidays).
Confirmed with 2 participants and limited to 4 people.