At the foot of the Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park and stretched across both banks of the Marne,
the Champagne region’s famous vineyards are a beautiful sight of vibrant colours that vary with the changing of seasons.

From Epernay to Dormans, follow the path of the meandering Marne river to truly appreciate the appeal of the vines.

Come and discover the secrets of Champagne, explore the cool cellars and taste the wine of kings. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon supposedly invented the Champagne wine-making method or take a stroll down the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay where all the prestigious Champagne houses are represented and the architecture was designed to impress.

Last but not least, stop off in Dormans to see its splendid château and take one of the dozen walks through the villages of the Champagne vineyards and admire the floral decorations along the way. Or Châtillon-sur-Marne, a once fortified village, which has preserved the traces of its narrow streets. A part of the former bailiwick court is now used as the town hall that is entered by a magnificent staircase with Louis XIII-style handrails made of white stone.

Story of grape varieties...

Pinot noir, a black grape with colourless juice mainly grown
around Montagne de Reims and in the Côte des Ba region, gives wine
red fruit aromas in addition to body and strength.

Pinot meunier, also a black grape with clear juice, mostly comes from the
Vallée de la Marne and is known for its smoothness. It produces round, aromatic wines.

Chardonnay, a white grape variety, the majority of which are grown in the Côte des Blancs;
adds finesse. Delivers floral and sometimes minerally notes.

 


For more information

Epernay Tourist Office - 03 26 53 33 00 - www.ot-epernay.fr

Hautvillers Tourist Office - 03 26 57 06 35 - www.tourisme-hautvillers.com

Dormans Tourist Office - 03 26 53 35 86 - www.tourisme-dormans.fr

Châtillon-sur-Marne Tourist Office - 03 26 58 32 86 - www.otchatillon51.com