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The Connoisseurs from Epernay (Private Half day Champagne Tour)

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Épernay, FR
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The Connoisseurs from Epernay (Private Half day Champagne Tour)

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Champagne with "The Connoisseurs from Epernay" private champagne tour. This exclusive tour takes you on a discovery of the most famous vineyards and villages surrounding Epernay, the Capital of the Champagne vineyard. From the renowned "Côte des Blancs" with its exquisite Chardonnay, to the picturesque "Vallée de la Marne" known for its Pinot Noir, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse flavors of the region. Visit the historic village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne, and learn about the legendary Dom Pérignon. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the vineyards and indulge in tastings of Grand Cru and Premier Cru champagnes produced by independent growers. Immerse yourself in the rich history and flavors of Champagne on this extraordinary private tour.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 2-12 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the Avenue de Champagne, the most expensive Avenue in the world
  • Discover the Grand cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, and Avize
  • Visit a family-owned Champagne producer and taste their Grand Cru Champagnes
  • Stop at the historic village of Hautvillers, the Cradle of Champagne
  • Visit the Abbey of Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon rests forever
  • Private transportation
  • Visits and tastings of 6 Champagnes Grand Cru/Premier Cru
  • Additional tastings of the 3 essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs ( Ratafia, Fine et Marc)
  • Private passionate Guide/Chauffeur

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Introduction

The Connoisseurs from Epernay is the ultimate private champagne tour, offering an exquisite journey into the heart of the Champagne region. This tour takes you on a discovery of the most famous Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and villages around Epernay, the capital of the Champagne vineyard. Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of Champagne as you explore the stunning landscapes and taste the finest champagnes the region has to offer.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect a total duration of 210 minutes filled with unforgettable experiences. The itinerary begins with a visit to the renowned Avenue de Champagne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll discover the prestigious Champagne houses, mansions, and impressive cellars that hide 200 million bottles. The tour then takes you through picturesque villages like Cramant, Chouilly, and Avize, known for their exceptional Grand Cru vineyards and the production sites of renowned champagne brands. You will also have the opportunity to visit the historic village of Hautvillers, known as the "Cradle of Champagne," where the famous monk Dom Pérignon conducted his experiments. From the beautiful viewpoint in Hautvillers, you can capture breathtaking photos of the Champagne vineyards. Throughout the tour, you will visit two families of independent producers/growers who will guide you through the champagne making process and offer tastings of exquisite Grand Cru champagnes.

Who is this for?

The Connoisseurs from Epernay tour is designed for champagne enthusiasts, wine lovers, and those seeking an immersive experience in one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world. Whether you are a connoisseur or simply curious to learn more about champagne production and taste the finest bubbles, this tour caters to all levels of knowledge and appreciation.

Why book this?

This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the Champagne region from the perspective of an experienced traveler and content writer. With in-depth knowledge and insights into the local vineyards, winemaking techniques, and historical sites, you will gain a deep appreciation for the traditions and craftsmanship that go into producing this iconic sparkling wine. The chance to visit two families of independent producers/growers adds an authentic touch to the experience, as you learn directly from the experts and indulge in tastings of exceptional champagnes.

Good to know

When booking The Connoisseurs from Epernay tour, it's important to note that the total duration is approximately 210 minutes. The tour begins and ends in front of the Epernay Tourist Office. Throughout the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste a variety of Grand Cru champagnes, including Blanc de Blancs made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The visits to the production sites, presses, wineries, and cellars provide valuable insights into the champagne making process. Remember to bring your camera to capture the stunning views and memorable moments during the tour.

Reviews

Feedback from individuals who have experienced The Connoisseurs from Epernay tour has been overwhelmingly positive. Travelers have praised the knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating insights into the history of Champagne and the intricate process of champagne production. The visits to the Grand Cru vineyards, including Hautvillers, have been described as breathtaking, offering a true sense of the region's beauty. The tastings of exceptional champagnes have delighted guests, who appreciate the opportunity to sample a wide range of flavors and styles. Overall, customers have expressed high satisfaction with this tour, describing it as an enriching and memorable experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Avenue de Champagne

(Pass by)

Discover a must-see Champagne UNESCO World Heritage Site in Epernay the Capital of the Champagne vineyard. "Avenue de Champagne" is considered the most expensive Avenue in the world with its prestigious Champagne houses, its mansions and its 100 kilometers of cellars which hide 200 million bottles. We will cross the Avenue for a good kilometer to explain the history of its superb mansions and production buildings belonging for centuries to the Champagne Houses Moët & Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger to name a few.

Cramant

(Pass by)

Cramant is a village classified at the highest of the Champagne Appellation who is Grand cru in "Côte des Blancs" called the "kingdom of Chardonnay" in Champagne. We will cross to reach several other Grand cru villages such as Chouilly and Avize, pass in front of the largest bottles factory of the region and by the famous "Chateau de Saran", the ultra private property where the luxury LVMH group (who owns Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug ...) receives its biggest customers and VIPs as well as the "Montaigu site" dedicated to the champagne making of Moët & Chandon.

Oger

Oger is a renowned Grand Cru village of the "Côte des Blancs" with the famous "Blanc de Blancs" 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru. This is where we will visit one of the 2 families of independent producers/growers that you will discover during the tour with explanation of the champagne making process, visit to the presses, wineries and cellars. You will taste many 100% Grand Cru Champagnes with tasting advices : min. of 3 tastings per person to discover the different "Blanc de Blancs" such as natural Champagne without dosage, from old vines, vintage or even aged in oak barrels.

Hautvillers

We will stop in the unmissable village of Hautvillers in its hillsides classified as World Heritage by UNESCO to enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Champagne, in the vineyard exactly where Dom Pérignon conducted his experiments. It is the ideal place in the heart of the vineyards to take unforgettable photos of you and this breathtaking landscape! In this vineyard mainly planted with "Pinot noir" we will tell you about the work of the vines, the grape varieties, this exceptional "Terroir" and sustainable viticulture. We will visit one of the 2 families of independent producers/growers that you will visit during the tour with explanations of the champagne production process, visit of the presses, wineries and cellars. You will taste there, during a commented tasting, 3 different Champagnes mainly composed of Pinot Noir*. *depending on the season and availability, this visit/tastings may take place in a village of the "Côte des Blancs" or in Aÿ-Champagne.

Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers

Hautvillers is a historic village of the 'Vallée de la Marne" called the "Cradle of Champagne" and known for its history with the famous monk Dom Pérignon "Spiritual father of Champagne". We will visit the church where he officiated for 40 years and where he now rests forever. I will tell you his story and you will finally know whether or not he is the inventor of Champagne !

Reviews

(37)

5 (37)

AntoniaL101

Isabella was very personable, which alone made the tour a delight. Adding to that Isabella was extremely knowledgeable about the world, nay the universe, of Champagne. Quickly giving a concise, thorough and easily understandable background, Isabella expand on this and was able answer all the questions we had completely with a joyous spirit and a clear love of Champagne, the wine and the region. From Dom Perignon's church and the village where he experimented with the local wine, until he had perfected the Champagne method to the intimate boutique family run biodiverse organic Champagne houses to the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay we were allowed to experience it all. It was one of those serendipitous events that allowed us to meet Isabella and we feel all the more knowledgeable, worldly and fortunate for it.

Jackie_L

We had a beautiful time tasting champagne and seeing all the beautiful views of the area. I will never forget the views. Also, our guide was so knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. She did such a wonderful job.

Tania_E

We were met by our guide who went and got coffee for herself first. No water was provided which wasn't great. The vehicle was too small and very uncomfortable. Visiting Dom Perignon grave in the outer village was good however we felt their other tour pushed us along at a hurried pace. I do not recommend this tour.

642lindyb

The guides were delightful, caring, knowledgeable, punctual, friendly, well organised. However, I do think it is overpriced for the time and experience involved. The car was fun, but noisy, and difficult to hear the guide’s words. I don’t think it represented good value for money.

Paul_M

Nina our tour guide was excellent with profound knowledge of the wines, the wine making process and the terroir

Mary_B

Visiting the independent wine houses. So interesting! Really enjoyed Nina our tour guide. Knowledgeable and friendly!

Gregg_H

This tour was perfect for my wife and I. We really enjoyed getting out of downtown Paris for an afternoon. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a joy to spend the day with. The champagne was exceptional and learning more about the process was great!

chrisrY9646FS

What a fantastic tour we had. Emma was our guide for the morning and she made it absolutely perfect. With her happy, enthusiastic attitude along with endless knowledge about the wine and area we can absolutely say we would recommend anyone to book a tour with her and the team. We could have spent the rest of the day with her actually but we only booked the morning tour. We hope to have another opportunity to come back and if we do, we will be booking again. Thanks to Emma, Isabelle and the team for giving us the perfect experience. Merci :)

tsubuanzuki221

The guide Nina was knowledgeable and the tour was fun. I’m glad I was able to go to the church where Dom Perignon sleeps in Hautville village.

Daryl_L

Amazing private tour! Our plane was a little delayed getting and they were able to wait for us and still give us an amazing experience. Our tour guide was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about everything.
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2024-04-18 07:26