Discover the magnificent coronation city of Reims on a pleasant morning tour. Drive through local vineyards and visit the world recognized Taittinger…
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We booked this at the last minute due to being delayed in France for a day. We lucked out ending up in a small group (just 4 of us) and a fantastic guide, Susanne. The tour of the Taittinger cellars was incredible - so interesting, fascinating detail about the history of the caves and their relevance to the history of Reims, as well as about the production of champagne, the Taittinger house and history. The mini tour of Reims was a great intro to the city as well, and our guide was able to bring it to life for us. Her knowledge of both viticulture, champagne, Reims and the region was excellent - when we asked questions we were often given amazing little snippets of history or local culture which made the trip feel so special. We then visited a very small local house: the contrast was stunning and really brought home to us just how much hard work and time goes into any bottle of champagne. We loved our tasting in the small house; it was so relaxed and personal. Highly recommended.
There are many different tasting champagnes and not all of them will suit your palette. I now have a certificate ...a Champagne Knowledge Certificate. A free car park in the middle of Reims, one minute from the centre. A wonderful setting with hanging champagne bottles, comfortable tasting area and a more formal classroom area. Our knowledgeable teacher was honestly superb! This is a class I would highly recomend and is superb value for money. Undertake this class before you go tasting on your champagne tour of the small scale, local producers of champagne and find the champagne that you like.
I liked this tour because it showed all the important aspects of the champagne area, including the small town and origins of champagne in relation to Dom Perignon, a vineyard, Tattinger tour and tasting, Moët and Chandon tour and tasting, and the Champagne Grand Avenue in Epernay. The guide, Marie, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was on our own, but easy to obtain, and not expensive in Epernay.
Vincent was a very knowledgable guide who covered much more than just champagne production. The contrast between the big winery and the small family run wineries was very interesting. My only criticism is that I should have been warned of all the steps. I have bad knees and would have brought my stick with me if I had known.
Excellent choice in a couple of small champagne houses (plus Taittinger). Learnt much more, were incredibly well looked after and got to drink some excellent champagne along with delicious food in the smaller houses. Victoria did an excellent job as host and guide and demonstrated her wine and champagne knowledge.