Champagne Cellars


Many people come to the area to visit the Champagne producers, some because they want to taste the Grande Marques in their home town, some to see the palaces of the great  Champagne houses and some to taste and buy from small producers. On this page we provide you with links to access of all these.  Geographically, the cellars fall into three areas:

Epernay is a little town with a good number of well known Champagne producers and the Avenue de Champagne which Winston Churchill called ‘the most drinkable address in the world'. This street is very attractive especially at night when the pavement is lit by the logos of the companies whose palaces are all along it. Epernay Tourist Information is based at the start of the avenue and can provide all kinds of support and advice on wine visiting. They should also have a copy of “Les Rendez-vous Privilegies” from the Independent Wine Producers of Champagne which you can use to plan any visits to the smaller producers. Within Epernay the most obvious large producer to visit are

Here is the Champagne Epernay Map  There is a wonderful B&B on the Avenue called Parva Domus, who have provided us with garden parking for a car.

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Reims Champagne

 
Reims is an ancient city (the Roman forum is still in use as a restaurant area) with a fine cathedral and a number of classy Champagne houses scattered around various railway lines. The most obvious ones to visit are:
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The countryside

Tourist information in Epernay and Reims can advise of wineries in the countryside and arrange tours. At both tourist information offices you can get the small booklet (you have to ask for it) called “Les Rendez-vous Privilegies” from the independent wine producers and this holds all the information you need to visit some small producers.  It shows when each of them is holding an open weekend and which are open for "walk in" tastings.
 
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