4. Reims: Full-Day Moët’s Vineyard & Family Winery Group Tour
Visit a world-famous Champagne house and Epernay region. Meet your guide, get in your minivan and start the day with a full-day tour of a prestigious Champagne House Moët & Chandon for an introduction to the Champagne making process. Enjoy a morning Champagne glass and wander through the vineyards of La Montagne de Reims while your guide explains the particularities of the region, from the grape varieties to the vine growing and winemaking process.
Drive through the beautiful Champagne Avenue in Epernay and hop off the minivan to explore the picturesque historical village of Hautvillers,where the Monk Dom Perignon lived for 47 years. Walk through the alleys of the church where the first Champagnes were made, and enjoy exquisite panoramic views of the Champagne vineyard. Appreciate the outstanding view of the Champagne region’s UNESCO-listed World Heritage hillside vines.
Continue through the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards of Ay and Mareuil/Ay. Explore a restored Champagne house and enjoy a traditional aperitif with a local lunch, paired wines and Champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Try local products like baguette, Reims’s ham, regional cheeses and pink biscuit ratafia. Then, get an introduction to the Champagne making process, economy and sparkling history.
Next, appreciate the nice hillsides of Champagne and then get a behind the scenes view of a family run boutique winery. Visit the traditional press, vat room and cellar of an authentic Champagne grower. Stroll down the cool cellar corridors and glance at the immense quantity of bottles slowly maturing. Enjoy several tastings of their bestseller cuvees and find Champagne for the best value. Your effervescent tour will end with your guide driving you back to Reims to conclude your full-day tour.