Big Brand Champagne houses
With all the world famous champagne houses based in either Reims or Epernay,
the champagne enthusiast will be spoilt for choice especially when it comes to
buying their favourite champagne
France could be termed the floral country of the world especially in summer when every village,
town and street is adorned with flower baskets and town garden plots. Champagne
is no exception and gardens flourish by waysides in profusion.
Vintage Wine Presses
While most wineries have modern pneumatic wine presses, a number of champagne producers have retain
old hand-operated timber presses as museum pieces. This press is part of the collection of antiques
champagne equipment at Champagne Blondel
A "must do" experience on every champagne tourist's itinerary is to descend into the chalk
caves that are deep in the bowels of the earth below every champagne producer's premises.
Here in the still, quiet atmosphere far from vibrations and light the champagne matures
in an even temperature to perfection. Like all good things it takes Time!
Canals and Waterways
Champagne has an extensive network of canals and an excursion on a barge or river cruiser
is a pleasant experience especially when it is accompanied by fine champagne and superb cuisine
In Champagne you can find almost all types of French cuisine in its restaurants, plus a number
of Flemish dishes on the menu too. Fine dining restaurants abound in Reims and even in the
villages where you can find experienced chefs producing outstanding cuisine. Dining out
is one of the real highlights of touring Champagne
Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims
Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Rheims) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Reims, where the
kings of France were once crowned. Unlike a number of other cathedrals, Reims was largely
constructed in the 13th. century and completed in the 14th. century to the original 13th.
century designs, hence it has a unity of architectural design. A UNESCO world heritage site
the cathedral attracts over a half a million visitors each year.
Champagne vineyards have an order both in appearance and orientation, that makes them
exceptional in France. They are always neat and tidy with careful trimming and management.
A vineyard walk is a real pleasure.
Walking and cycling
The stunning surrounding countryside is excellent for walking, rambling, cycling and even
running! The vineyards which are open for all to wander through, and /or cycle through
along easy paths. You can take in the countryside, enjoy the fresh outdoor and maybe
linger for an hour or two in a village cafe, or picnic on the excellent region foods
and wines so readily available from local shops.
There are national park forests where you are free to wander so the potential for walking, picnics,
horse riding and cycling is endless.