Pay visits to some of the world’s most iconic Champagne houses along with other family-run wineries on this three-day tour set among stunning French landscapes.
We will depart for France via the Eurotunnel and on the way we can relax and enjoy the scenery while tea and coffee are served. Upon arrival, we check in to our hotel where we will be treated to a welcome wine tasting. During this session, our esteemed Wine Guide will present the dazzling region of Champagne and the wines that elevate it year after year. The evening will be spent at leisure although you could choose to join our on-tour team at a local restaurant.
The first visit of our tour, which follows breakfast with champagne, takes us to the aptly named Grand Cru region of Bouzy and to Champagne Edmond Barnaut. This family-run domaine has been passed down for five generations and the Bouzy Rouge produced here – famous for good reason – is quite unlike any other champagne we’ve ever tasted. There will be free time over lunch in Reims and then we will make our way to the legendary Taittinger, where we discover its iconic chalk cellars. We will enjoy more free time this evening to explore the town and perhaps seek out local cuisine, do some shopping or just take in the ambience.
Another champagne breakfast rings in our final day. Afterwards, we pay a visit to the family-owned Champagne R.H. Coutier, which is an exceptional Chardonnay producer in a Pinot Noir-dominated region – namely the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. Here, we taste the wines it is known for and find out more about the magic of its Grand Cru bubbly before moving on to Champagne Philipponnat. With history spanning almost 500 years, this family-run domaine indulges us in its expertise with tastings of intense wines and a delicious lunch. We end this whirlwind tour on a high and from here, we head back to the Eurotunnel where we say our goodbyes and travel home.
Not only does he hold the WEST Diploma in Wine and Spirits, Matthew is also an Associate Tutor with the Cambridge Wine School.
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Enjoy two nights staying in a fantastic 4* hotel, located in Reims. This city, considered the capital of the wine-growing region by many, is truly enchanting. Home to Roman remains, many sites of historical interest and a wonderful gastronomy scene, this is the perfect place to make our base for the tour.
Every morning of this whirlwind trip will begin with a Champagne breakfast. The local cuisine here is also fantastic, with restaurants and bistros making fantastic use of seasonal produce.
Indulgence is the theme of this whirlwind tour of the stunning Champagne region. Taste the stars at world-renowned Champagne houses, discover their production methods and enjoy a little opulence among the vineyards in which these incredible cuvées are produced.