Eminent Wines Tour: Champagne
The very name is synonymous with celebration; it is the wine of kings and the king of wine. Champagne-Ardenne is a very special place for the connoisseur of fine wines. The region abounds in lakes, forests, pretty floral villages and steep hillsides covered in the precious vines. Underneath this chalk and limestone, hundreds of miles of rock have been excavated to provide underground galleries for the housing and maturing of the wine.
The region is rich in possibilities, from cultural tours in the city to walking and cycling among the vines. Alternatively, for a truly unique experience, try abseiling 30 metres into the cellars of a champagne maker or learning to take the top off your champagne in style - with a Sabre.
Luxury Grade - Les Crayeres
This 4* chateau is the finest hotel in the region. It was originally built as a private residence by the Pommery family at the end of the 19th century. It is located about 1 ½ miles from the centre of Reims adjacent to (and probably on top of) the cellars of Pommery, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart. It offers the finest accommodation set in a majestic 7 acre landscaped park. Each room is unique and has been sumptuously decorated with the finest fabrics and furniture. The elegant restaurant has been a long standing Mecca for lovers of gourmet food from across the world and currently has 2 Michelin stars
Luxury Grade - L'Assiette Champenoise
This 4* hotel is a member of the prestigious Chateaux & Hotels de France chain and offers a range of excellent facilities for guests. In particular, its restaurant is one of the best in North East France and boasts 2 Michelin stars. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and sauna and is situated in 4 acres of parkland in the suburb of Tinqueux about 1 ½ miles from the centre of Reims.
Reims, the city of kings and the gateway to Champagne is less than 2 ½ hours drive from Calais and an ideal location for an Eminent Wines Tour Weekend. The city is home to no less than 3 UNESCO world heritage sites, including one of the finest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe where 25 kings of France were crowned. In addition, it is home to many of the worlds most famous Champagne Houses including Krug, Louis Roederer, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot.
The city is home to no less than 3 UNESCO world heritage sites, including one of the finest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe where 25 kings of France were crowned. In addition, it is home to many of the worlds most famous Champagne Houses including Krug, Louis Roederer, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot.
The town of Epernay, situated on the banks of the River Marne 20 miles south of Reims, shares claim with Reims to the title of "capital of Champagne". The town is surrounded by the grand cru and premier cru classified villages where the best grapes are grown. While the streets may not be paved with gold, there are said to be over 100 million bottles of Champagne in the cellars of the town, with the Moet and Chandon cellars holding over 25 million bottles alone.