Champagne trip to Veuve Cliquot including family winery and lunch from Reims
If you're staying in Reims, take a trip to visit the prestigious Champagne House Veuve Cliquot. You'll also visit Hautvilliers picturesque village and a family winery including a wine tasting session.
Meet your friendly guide at 9.00am at Reims train station or in front of the Tourist Office of Reims. Hop in your minivan and start the day with a sightseeing of the city.
You'll drive by the Cathedral “Notre dame de Reims”, one of the first monument to be registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 25 kings of France, and later tragic heart of the two world wars. During your drive, you'll pass by mythical Champagne Houses such as Pommery, Taittinger…
Thereafter, enjoy a full tour of the prestigious Champagne House “Veuve Clicquot” as a first introduction to the Champagne making process. Explore the magnificent UNESCO listed cellars, full of history and Champagne bottles!
You'll enjoy a nice morning Champagne glass and prepare your palate for 10 Champagne wines tasted during the day! While you stroll through the vineyards of La Montagne de Reims, your guide will explain the particularities of the region from the grape varieties to the vine growing and winemaking process.
Explore the picturesque historical village of Hautvillers, cradle of Champagne where the Monk Dom Perignon lived during 47 years and is now buried. Have a walk through the alleys of the beautiful church where the first Champagne bubbles are known to have come to life.
The day continues with an olfactory workshop and a challenging blind tasting in a restored Champagne house. You'll learn about the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne.
At lunch, a traditional aperitif followed by a regional meal with paired wines and Champagnes will be served. Get introduced to local products like baguette, Reims’ ham, regional cheeses, pink biscuit, Ratafia!
You'll visit the traditonal press, vat room and cellar of an authentic Champagne grower. Stroll down the cool cellar corridors and glance at the immense quantity of bottles slowly maturing. Enjoy several tastings of their best–seller “cuvees” and find the best values of Champagne!
Your tour ends as your guide drives you back to Reims.