Travel Guide to Champagne Wine Region

The champagne wine region is one of the most prestigious not only in France but also in the world. Renowned in the entire world, it has become a reference in sparkling wine.

The home to elegant bubbles

The Champagne wine region is situated in the North-East of France and it is a large agricultural and industrial area. The territory is world-known for its sparkling wines, which took the name from the region. In Champagne wine land, they produce different, unique bubbles, which is a result of their exceptional conditions of the region and the winemaking method that is known as “Champagne method”. This is what makes it the world’s prominent sparkling wine.


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Marne Valley in Champagne WIne Region, France.

Champagne wine region offers charming vineyards, the houses or Maisons of Champagne, historic cities and of course plenty of bubbles…

From the renowned Champagne houses to the independent winegrowers discover ones of the most beautiful wine cellars of France. Enjoy unforgettable experiences, tasting wines from these emblematic three grape varieties Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Pol Couronne - art of sabering of champagne

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Don’t miss a chance to experience the art of opening a bottle of champagne with the sabring method at Pol Couronne winery!

Discover wine-producing districts of Champagne

There is only one AOC(Appellation d’origine Contrôlée) in the Champagne region. However, the territory is divided into next sub-regions, which are known as wine-producing districts and each of them has distinct characteristics.

The main wine-producing districts of Champagne wine region:

  • Reims
  • Marne Valley
  • Côte des Blancs
  • Côtes des Bar(Aube)
  • Côtes de Sezzane

Reims wine district

Extended from north-west of Reims to Epernay, the Montagne de Reims wine region is very qualitative.

It owns numerous Champagne Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. Vineyards are planted on limestone-clay and chalk soils the vines form an arc of a circle around the city of Reims. Situated in the heart of a natural park, the Montagne de Reims is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine Champagne. The 9.000 hectares of vines benefit from a diversity of terroirs which contributes to the specificity of these wines.

The main grape varieties:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Chardonnay
Vineyard landscape, Montagne de Reims, France

Marne Valley wine disitrict

Going along the Marne river, the Marne Valley stretches from Epernay in the east to Montreuil-Aux-Lions in the west. This region, of 8.000 hectares of vines, produces mainly the sparkling wine Champagne “blanc de noirs”.

Historically, the Marne Valley is the cradle of the creation of Champagne. According to a myth, Dom Pérignon would have given birth to the famous French sparkling wine Champagne in the abbey of the village Hautvillers in the 17th century.

Soil types in Marnee Valley wine distirict:

Marl, clay and diverse limestone soils.

Côte des Blancs wine region

Located in the south of Epernay, Côte des Blancs wine region expends on 20 km with 3300 hectares. The region includes twelve villages whose 6 are classified Grand Cru.

Thanks to the hillsides east orientation, the west wind protects the vineyard. Côte de Blancs is special because it benefits from the oceanic climate as well as continental. So it gets a lot of sunshine and the perfect temperature for the development of Chardonnay. The soil is mainly composed of limestone.

The main grape variety is the Chardonnay which represents 95 % of the total wine region.

Côtes des Bar(Aube) wine district

Côtes des Bar is located in Aube department, and its forms an arc to the south of Troyes of 70 km.

The vineyard benefits from ocean climate and semi-continental. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay are planted in different soils marl, limestone, and clay. The region comprises 62 regions. Out of the 8000 hectares, 800 hectares are located in Les Riceys. This area owns the three appellations: Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and Rosé des Riceys produce from Pinot Noir grape variety.

Champagne wine region
Leuvrigny village in Champagne wine region, France

Côtes de Sezzane wine district

Côtes de Sezzane is located on south of Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, and Côte des Blancs. In fact, it is a continuation of Côte des Blancs, also dominated with Chardonnay grape variety.

Here vineyards are planted on chalk, limestone and Sparnac clay soils, and they benefit from the south-east sun exposure together with a humid oceanic climate. These create conditions for the grapes to produce softer and more round wines.

Wineries You Can Visit in Champagne

Explore different wine districts of Champagne wine region through its wineries in Champagne, which is the best way to discover why these wines are so exclusive and how they are made!

Champagne Albert Beerens - Family jumping in the vineyards

Book your visit at joyful Champagne Albert Beerens and enjoy prestigious Champagne tasting and learn more about the whole process of Champagne-making!

Champagne Gremillet - entry of the domain

Champagnes from Gremillet are distinct in its unique style. Located at Balnot sur Laignes, It is the only cellar with Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and Rosé des Riceys. 

Have a gourmet experience with Gremillet, where you will be able to pair Champagne with local gastronomical specialties!

The Champagne Rodez farm is the first French wine farm to have the certification of “high Environment Value.” The winery aims to produce exceptional wines using organic and biodynamic production.

Ger a detailed explanation of their biodynamic viticultural methods directly from the winemaker on a glass of premium quality Champagne!


Explore Culture of Champagne through its cities

Benefiting from the worldwide Champagne reputation, the region is also attractive for its history and culture. While in Champagne, don’t miss to visit its main cities.

The beautiful city of Reims

Named as the Kings’ city, an important number of Carolingian and Capetian kings were crowned on the Notre-Dame Cathedral place during more than ten centuries. The Notre-Dame Cathedral together with the Tau Palace and the old Saint-Remi Abbey are registered to the UNESCO World Heritage as the outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century.

Cathedral Notre Dame in Reims, France

Discover other monuments like the Saint-Remi Basilica, the Mumm wine cellar which became a cultural place, the Roman Mars Gate and so on.

Epernay – The capital of Champagne

In the heart of the Champagne region, Epernay benefits from the Champagne attraction to develop its local economy.

The city has a lovely architectural heritage which comes from its history. Known as the capital of Champagne, Epernay keeps a treasure in its undergrounds.

110 kilometres of cellars preserve more than 200 million bottles of Champagne. In 1729, the first Champagne house set up in Epernay, founded by Nicolas Ruinart who went into the production of sparkling wines. Followed by Moët & Chandon in 1743 and others over the years, the history of the internationally renowned Champagne started.

Chalons-en-Champagne

Situated in the Marne French department, Chalons-en-Champagne is the perfect destination to discover history, culture and nature with your family or friends.

Through its rich history, the city inherited numerous monuments as the Collegial Notre-Dame-en-Vaux registered in the UNESCO World Heritage, the Saint-Etienne Cathedral and the Sainte-Croix Gate built in 1769 and dedicated to Marie-Antoinette when she arrived in France. Discover also, the medieval wine cellars from the 12th and 15th centuries which prove the richness of the city during the medieval era.

Troyes

The heart of the city centre forms a Champagne cork. Heritage from the medieval town, this was a good omen for the one which has become the most renowned wine in the World, produced around Troyes.

Known for its timbered houses from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Troyes is proud of its well-preserved heritage.

Counting an important number of monuments, the city offers a stay of discovery. From the Saint-Loup Abbey, the Saint-Martin-ès-Aires Abbey, the Saint-Urbain Basilica, the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral to its ten Churches, passing by other splendid monuments you will learn about this huge heritage.


Gastronomic Specialities of Champagne Wine Region

The gastronomy of the Champagne wine region, which is also known as Cuisine du Terroir (Cuisine of the land), perfectly matches to its wide range of Champagne wines.

The story of the Andouillette de Troyes

This dish looks like a sausage but it mainly makes up with pork large intestine and stomach. The seasoning depends on the pork butcher. He can add onions, salt, pepper, spices and so on. After that, the preparation is stuffed in natural or industrial entrails. It’s cooked very slowly and for a long time in flavoured stock.

Its renown started during the 19th and 20th century and mainly consist of pure pork meat from the town Troyes.

Pied de porc à la Sainte Menehould

An old recipe tasted by Charles 7 in 1435.

This local tradition comes from Sainte-Menehould, a little town located in Marne in the north-west of France. Cook the pig’s trotters in water with carrots, onions, garlic and so on for four hours. Then, when the pig’s trotters are cooled, they are breaded and cooked in a frying pan.

Les Biscuits roses de Reims

created in 1690 by Champenois bakers and has been unmodified since its creation. Traditionally, people soak the biscuit into semi-dry Champagne or into red wine.

They wanted to use the heat of their oven after baking bread. So, they’ve created a batter which could bake twice. First, the biscuit bake in the oven and the second baking is when the oven turns off little by little. Originally, the biscuit was white, but they wanted to add vanilla flavour but the biscuit became darker. To reduce that colour, the bakers decided to use red natural dye: Carmin.

Le Bouchon de Champagne

Created in 1950 in a chocolate factory.

It imitates the real Champagne cork thanks to its form and its aluminium wrapping. It comprises dark chocolate hull filled with local eau de vie which can be replaced with praline.


At Champagne Albert Beerens and Champagne Gremillet, you have the possibility to lunch at the domain. This is a perfect moment to discover fabulous Champagne and food pairing!


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