LES COTEAUX DU SÉZANNAIS AND THE PETIT MORIN
The Sézannais and Petit Morin hills, joining the Marne to the Aube, offer the chance to explore the Brie Champenoise and Villenauxe la Grande.
CHAMPAGNE, NATURE, AND HERITAGE
VINEYARDS, FORESTS, WETLANDS, AND PONDS
Dans le prolongement du vignoble de la côte des blancs, au Sud-Ouest d'Epernay, les Coteaux du Sézannais et du Petit-Morin vous proposent la découverte d'un patrimoine
As the vineyards extend from the Côte des Blancs, to the south-west of Epernay, the Sézannais and Petit Morin hills offer you the opportunity to experience an extremely rich wine-making, historic, architectural, and natural heritage.
In this realm of Chardonnay, nearly 300 winemakers work 2,300 vine-clad hectares.
The Association de Promotion des 2 coteaux (the Association for Promoting the 2 hillsides) works to energise and promote this territory’s varied wine tourism offering where producers and inhabitants will share their love of the land with you!
Fifteen or so cellars and houses, all carrying the "Vignobles & Découvertes" label, open their doors to you and reveal the secrets of their champagne over a tasting and/or a visit of their property.
For lovers of beautiful stone buildings, a walk through the narrow cobbled streets of Sézanne, an ancient medieval town called the “Little Town of Character®”, is a must. It will seduce those who love to stroll with its tree-lined avenues that follow the outline of ancient fortifications, the remains of guard towers and of walls, its church, its chapel, etc.
The Forêt de la Traconne (forest) and the Marais de Saint Gond (wetland) with its vast bog, its damp meadows, its ponds and its woods promise you a breath of nature and of greenery.
Lovers of history will discover that the fate of the country was decided here not once, but twice. First, at Champaubert, where the victory column celebrates Napoleon's victory of 1814 during the Campaign of North-East France. Then at Mondement, where a 35-metre tall menhir, situated on a natural balcony overlooking the Saint Gond wetlands, represents the obstacle against which the invader came up on 9 September 1914.
The Route Touristique du Champagne starts from Bergères les Vertus.
Winding through bocage, swamp, and vineyards, the route reveals an arrangement of vineyard plots interspersed with copses and fields in a rugged landscape.
Many beautiful stone buildings await your discovery: châteaux (Montmort-Lucy, Etoges), churches (Allemant, Barbonne-Fayel, Vert-Toulon…), abbeys (Notre-Dame du Reclus, Baye, Oyes), but also menhirs, dolmens, etc.
TO SEE ON THE WAY
- The interpretation trail to explore the Marais de Saint Gond
- The châteaux at Montmort and at Etoges
- The Abbey of Notre-Dame du Reclus
- The commemorative monument of the First Battle of the Marne at Mondement
- Sézanne by way of its fortifications, windmill, convent, and church
- Villenauxe la Grande and the contemporary stained glass windows of the Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church
CHAMPAGNE BRINGS LIFE TO THE SCALE OF DREAMS
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMONLY PLANTED GRAPE VARIETY IN THE CHAMPAGNE REGION?
- Le meunier
- Le chardonnay
- Le pinot noir
It is pinot noir, which counts for 38% of the vines, coming before meunier (34%), and Chardonnay (28%).
The other varieties authorised in the Champagne region (Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, or Fromenteau) cover only a few dozen hectares...
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SELECTION OF GETAWAYS
More details on some of our ideas for walks to explore the Sézannais hills!
Monument de la 1ère victoire de la Marne
The monument is a 35-metre high monolith erected to commemorate the first victory of the Marne in September 1914.
Patrimoine de Sézanne
Eglise Saint-Serein à Bethon
16th-century church with fine stained-glass windows, in which one finds repeated examples of the mysterious figure eight. Fine statues...
Parc du Château d'Etoges
La Réserve Naturelle du Marais de Reuves
Abbaye Notre Dame du Reclus
In a very restful, preserved green setting, the Cistercian abbey of Notre-Dame du Reclus was founded in the 12th century by St Bernard...