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. However Champagne gained its international recognition at the 14th century, thanks to the monks who created the sparkling wine method. Dom Perignon has engraved the name “Champagne" for eternity.
Only 2 hours distance from Paris, Champagne is a French region where the elegance and the lifestyle are closely linked. Here – and only – the famous Champagne sparkling wine is produced, regulated by very strict charts. Between hills, plains, and forests, you will discover the vineyard which spreads over six territories including La Montagne de Reims. It's this destination you will explore through our full-day tour departing from Paris.
Dreamy Champagne itinerary has been designed by Corinne A. Preteur. It combines Michelin-starred gourmet lunches and dinners in Le Foch, and Les Crayeres restaurants, visits to
prestigious Houses of Champagne and to family-run wineries in Grands Crus villages where you will learn the process of Champagne wine making from scratch.
Last but not least, Corinne personally escorts this private tour confirmed with 2 people and limited to 4 participants.
Corinne's itinerary highlights Reims and its area called “La Montagne de Reims". The prestigious Houses of Champagne have set their headquarters here between Reims and Epernay, using the spectacular deep chalk grottos to age millions of bottles. La Montagne de Reims is reputed for its 17 “grand cru" villages such as Verzenay, Verzy, Mailly, Louvois, Bouzy, Ay, Avize… and for the village where Dom Perignon lived and his buried : Hautvillers.
You will explore and experience the best Champagne wines including the “Grand Crus and the old vintages in visiting the wineries and enjoying tastings afterwards.
You will discover picturesque villages and its sweet life. You will meet Corinne's longstanding personal friends, including chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and producers.
Your 4-star guesthouse & Spa, located in a quiet village surrounded by vineyards, offers a luxurious accommodation.
You will enjoy Michelin-starred lunches and dinners experiences. In a word, Lifestyle Vacations unique Dreamy Champagne tour reflects the harmonious way of life.
The Champagne production zone (AOC vineyard area) is defined and delimited by a law passed in 1927, encompassing roughly 34,000 hectares of vineyards. The vineyard spreads over 150 kilometers to the east of Paris, crossing 320 villages (crus) of five counties : Marne, Aube, Aisne, Haute-Marne and Seine-et-Marne. There are four main growing areas: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, and Côte des Bar. Together it encompasses nearly 278,000 plots of vines, each measuring roughly 18 ares (100 square metres). Seventeen villages have a traditional entitlement to Grand Cru ranking and 42 to Premier Cru ranking. The vineyard is predominantly planted of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay.
Pinot noir: 38% of planting. It's the predominant grape variety on the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Bar where the cool and chalky soil suit perfectly. The Pinot Noir adds backbone and body to the blend, producing wines with distinctive aromas of red berries and good structure.
Chardonnay: 30% of plantings. Chardonnay is the king on the Côte des Blancs, yielding delicately fragrant wines with characteristic notes of flowers, citrus and sometimes minerals. Being slower to develop than the other two varieties, chardonnay produces wines that are built to age.
Meunier: 32% of planting. This robust grape variety shows better cold-weather resistance than pinot noir. It grows perfectly in the argillaceous soils of the Marne valley. Meunier adds roundness to the blend, producing supple, fruity wines that tend to age more quickly than wines made with the other two varieties.
Day 1 : Epernay and the Grand Cru villages
Morning transfer from Paris by luxury private car or minibus. Visit to a prestigious House of Champagne in Epernay (Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, or Mercier).
Lunch in Epernay. Afternoon guided walking tour to Hautvillers and visit to the abbey where Dom Perignon is buried. Visit to a family-run winery in a Grand Cru village followed by a wine tasting class.
Check-in at “Le Clos du Mont" luxury guesthouse in Spa. Relaxing time.
Food and wine pairing dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant in Reims.
Transfer to the guesthouse. Overnight.
Day 2 : Reims
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Transfer to Reims. Visit to Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger or Pommery prestigious House of Champagne.
Gourmet lunch at 2-star Michelin restaurant in Reims.
Afternoon walking tour of Reims including the visit to the cathedral where most of the French Kings were crowned.
Transfer to Paris. End of the tour
US$ 990 per person (double occupancy) > 4 people booked together
US$ 1,250 per person (double occupancy) > Private tour for 2 or 3 people
Single supplement: US$ 170.
– Round-trip transfer from Paris
– 2 full-day transportation by private car or van
– Luxury guesthouse & Spa accommodation, continental breakfast included
– Expert-led visits, entrance tickets to the houses of Champagne
– Visit to a family-run winery, followed by a wine tasting class
– 3 gourmet lunches and dinners accompanied by wine at Michelin-starred restaurants
This tour is offered upon request, scheduled mid-week, April to July, September and October, except on public holidays. Please contact us for additional information. Thank you.