Coteaux Sud d'Epernay et Côte des Blancs

The Côte des Blancs is at the heart of the history of Champagne!

The region can be explored by following the Champagne Trail, which begins at the famous Avenue de Champagne, in Épernay, the historical capital of Champagne.


Avenue de Champagne - Epernay - M. Jolyot


The land and the landscape indicate two winegrowing areas with slightly different characteristics. Beyond the plain, on the outskirts of Plivot, the coteaux, or slopes, appear near Chouilly and Cramant. Here, vineyards occupy a great many slopes of the plateau, which has deep gorges carved out of it by a series of rivers. The land is planted mainly with pinot meunier (56%), chardonnay (32%) and pinot noir (12%).


Beyond these villages, the landscape changes. An escarpment drops down steeply from the plain. The landscape is centred on a wooded summit, with vine-planted slopes extending from the heights right down to the convex plain, which curves round to make way for cereal crops. This area is thus ideally suited to chardonnay, which accounts for 97% of the grape varieties cultivated here and is what gives the Côte "des blancs"  its name.

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This area offers the following 69 tourism services:

- 20 wine cellars, including those of the Moët and Chandon champagne house in Epernay;
- 11 places to stay, including the Hostellerie du Mont Aimé in Bergères-les-Vertus;
- 6 restaurants, including "La Briqueterie" in Vinay;

- 6 heritage sites, including the Vine and Wine museum in Mesnil-sur-Oger;
- 7 leisure activities, including the "Petillantes découvertes" vineyard bicycle tours in Monthelon;
- 9 events, including "Pierry Art'" in Pierry;
- 1 tourist office in Epernay and 4 receptive tour operators.