- Visit top-quality champagne houses, including Moët & Chandon
- Enjoy 4 tastings and learn about the subtleties of champagne
- Lunch at Epernay, a hub for all the great champagne-making houses
- Learn about the lost art of sabrage and other old world techniques
- Visit in small group of 15 people and travel by air-conditioned minibus
Meet your guide and group on central Paris and hop in a comfortable minibus for a 2-hour ride to the Champagne region.
The first stop takes you back some 300 years with a visit to the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers, where the famous Dom Perignon pioneered some of the production methods that made champagne the drink it is today. As you tour the abbey and see where Perignon himself worked, you’ll learn about the dangers of exploding wine bottles. Before leaving Hautvillers, you’ll stop by a scenic overlook to enjoy a light breakfast and an amazing view.
Your next stop is a family-run winery where the owner will show you around and teach you how his family has been making champagne for three generations. You might be surprised to learn that the process has changed very little in the last 300 years, but you won’t be surprised that the next three wines you taste are out of this world.
As you learn to distinguish the tasting notes of good champagne, the owner will demonstrate the proper method for ‘sabering’ a bottle of champagne...You'll also learn the myth-filled history of the practice. Like many French traditions, Napoleon was involved.
Your next stop is the champagne capital of the world; Epernay, where you’ll break for lunch. It’s not included but your guide will be happy to direct you toward their favorite restaurants for champagne’s hearty Cuisine du Terroir.
After lunch, you’ll step into the cave of Moët & Chandon, beneath the famous Avenue de Champagne, for a tour and tastings. You’ll learn how big champagne houses have managed to make big money while staying true to old production methods.
With the taste of one of Moet’s most popular vintages still on your tongue you’ll hop back in the mini-bus and return to Paris, arriving around 6.30pm.
- Various Champagne Tastings
- Private transport
- Small Groups of 15 people
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Infants up to 3 years are free of charge.
Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris.
Meet us 15 minutes before departure in front of the stairs of the Opéra Bastille. Metro stop: Bastille (lines 1, 5, 8). Take 'Sortie' (exit) n°3 called 'Opera Bastille'. Your guide will be in front of the Opera house stairs.
- Small Groups of 15 people
- Latecomers and no-shows won't be able to join the group, reschedule or get a refund
- Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour
- Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays
Departure at 7:30 AM
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