Reims and hilltop villages on the “Grands Crus” route
Champagne, lying to the east of the Paris region, is one of the great historic provinces of France and of the richest agricultural area. As far back as the times of the Emperor Charlemagne in the 9th century, Champagne welcomed the biggest European fairs. A part of the rich heritage is still visible in Troyes and Provins. But Champagne gained its international recognition later, at the 14th century thanks to the monks who brought the method of making sparkling wine. Dom Perignon has engraved the name “Champagne” for eternity.