At the borders of the plains of Champagne, the region of Argonne boasts immense forests, lush meadows and unspoilt villages.

In the early Middle Ages, the forest was developed by the local monks resulting in the abbeys of Beaulieu, Moiremont, Châtrices and La Chalade. Wood, an abundant resource, was used as fuel to power the glassworks and the earthenware factories, best known for the Islettes plates (18th century), still highly prized by collectors.

History also remembers Argonne as the place where King Louis XVI was arrested, the Battle of Valmy was fought and conflicts were waged in 1915, the scars of which the forest still bears.

Foodies are also catered for in Sainte-Ménehould where they can enjoy the town’s famous pig trotters before exploring the place on foot or pedalo.

Today, the area is a popular destination for mountain-bikers and other lovers of nature in the forest.

Dom Pérignon was born
in Sainte-Ménehould

The fact that he is the reputed father of Champagne, producer of the finest Champagne wines and a proud former citizen of
Hautvillers, is probably no longer a secret to anyone.
However, far less is known about his place of birth.

To keep this memory alive, Sainte-Ménehould
erected a statue of him in 1956.

 


For more information

Pays d'Argonne Champenoise Tourist Office - 03 26 60 85 83 - tourisme@argonne.fr - www.argonne.fr