Veuve Clicquot Champagne Day Tour and Lunch

Highlights

  • Tour of the Veuve Clicquot underground cellars
  • Tasting class
  • Lunch at a typical Champagne House
£250 pp
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What you'll do

Discover Reims, visit the Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Head to Epernay in the heart of the vineyard to admire the Champagne Avenue and Hautvillers. Be welcomed at a typical Champagne House (Le Clos Corbier) and appreciate an animated Champagne masterclass. In the afternoon, be immersed in the authenticity of a family grower.

Meet your expert guide at 9.20 am in front of the tourist office of Reims centre train station and start the day with the discovery of Reims city centre. 

Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 33 kings of France. Drive through the famous Champagne Avenue in Epernay, capital of Champagne, where some of the most prestigious estates are based : Pol Roger, Perrier Jouët, Moët& Chandon, Boizel… 

Thereafter, enjoy a full tour in the underground cellars of the prestigious Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* as a first introduction to the Champagne making process and explore the cellars deep under ground. Finish the visit by savouring two of their emblematic cuvees.

Enjoy a moment in the vineyards, with breathtaking views on the UNESCO world’s heritage vines of Champagne and acquire knowledge about the particularities of our “terroir”. You will then discover the village of Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne. Get to enter the church where the famous monk Dom Pérignon is buried. 

Be welcomed in Mareuil-sur-Ay at a typical Champagne House (Le Clos Corbier). After a Champagne quiz, train your nose to identify the different aromas and flavours that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop. Get competitive as you get to identify blindly 3 different Champagnes from boutique wineries all while eating some local snacks. 

Immerse yourself into the French lifestyle with a traditional lunch which consists of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of Champagnes.Savour local local produce like baguette, pâté croute, regional cheeses, pink biscuit, Ratafia… (the lunch can be adapted to allergies or specific diets). 

After lunch it’s time to explore the charming hillsides of the Champagne region as you drive to your next Champagne house visit. You’ll be invited for a peek-behind-the-scenes of a family-run Champagne house, spending the afternoon alongside a Champagne producer. Visit the press, tank room, cellar and learn about the tools and expertise of a small Champagne maker. Stroll down the cool cellar corridors and glance at the immense quantity of Champagne bottles slowly maturing. Enjoy several Champagne tastings of their best–seller “cuvees” and find the best value in Champagne!  

Appreciate several tastings of their own production and acquire tasting knowledge with these rare Champagnes! 

After a day full of experiences and precious souvenirs, your guide will drop you off, in front of the tourist office of at  Reims centre train station at 6.00 pm.

What's included

Included

  • Pick up from Reims
  • Transport by air conditioned mini van
  • Expert local guide
  • Entrance fee to visit and tastings at two family run wineries
  • Entrance fees to visit and tastings at Champagne Veuve Clicquot
  • Lunch
  • 13 tastings
Your local host

Pierre

I was born in Paris and lived there for most of my life until I moved to Bordeaux for a new job to work for a wine company. During my time here, I completely fell in love with Bordeaux, as well as Strasbourg and Reims, and truly discovered what we call in French art de vivre (the art of living).

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Location

The Champagne wine region is just east of Paris and is the world’s most famous wine region. Enjoy a tour through the rolling hills with a local expert guide who will teach you all about the region and its rich history. On top of this you will even get to taste some of the best sparkling wines the region has to offer, the true French experience!

Where to meet:

Reims Centre Train Station at 9:20 am.
Office de Tourisme Reims (Site Gare)
Cour de la Gare
51100 Reims

We will meet OUTSIDE the train station on the right, in front of the tourist office.

 

FAQs

What if no one else is booked on my tour?

A minimum of 2 participants is required for a tour. If only 1 person is booked on a tour, your host will contact you via phone or email to reschedule or refund the total amount.

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