Moët & Chandon is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of champagne in the world. Take a guided tour around the headquarters located in the Champagne region of France where they still use the original cellars of 1743, when the company was founded. All tours, which are conducted in French and English (other languages available on request), include a tasting of champagne. For further details on timings and booking tours, call ahead or check the website.
While driving or walking down Avenue de Champagne, you'll be impressed by the magnificent buildings located alongside. Besides the city Hall (at the bottom of the avenue) and the visitor's bureau where they'll help you plan your visit of the town, take some of your time to visit the renown houses that made Champagne wines famous across the world, Mercier, Möet-et-Chandon or Mumm.
Situated in a region known for its fine wines and champagne, Champagne Tribaut is one of the wineries responsible for the regions popularity. Stretching over 12 acres (4.8 hectares), this is where some of the finest champagne available in the region comes to life. Everything that goes into the production of the wine is grown onsite, which ensures each batch is consistent and as perfect as the previous. Visitors can take the tour of the vineyard and winery, wherein each stage of production, from the picking of fruits to the barreling and ageing, is perfectly depicted.
Built in 1909 by the flamboyant Joseph Goulet to smuggle champagne along the coast, the Phare de Verzenay lighthouse used to light up at night and even had its own restaurant and dance door hidden below. Heavy bombing during World War 1 saw the demise of these impish activities and the lighthouse became defunct. However the commune of Verzenay transformed the space into an actual living museum. Today, it has become popular for day trippers who want to spend the day by the water while also learning the fascinating history of the lighthouse.
Situated in Châlons En Champagne, Parc des Expositions is a massive event venue. This center is popular for staging versatile events, right from concerts to trade fairs and business conferences. This spacious venue features well-facilitated spaces for small-and large-scale events. In case you feel hungry, Parc des Expositions houses a restaurant and bar ideal for a quick pre-show bite or an elaborate dinner post an event. Prior booking for major concerts and events are recommended.
The Bollinger winery sprawls over 160 hectares of the central Champagne region. A visit to this place will not disappoint; tastings in the elegant main house overlooking the lush vineyards are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Bollinger champagnes have a base of pinot noir, with small amounts of chardonnay and other grapes that lend it a refined, complex flavor.
The Notre-Dame de l'Epine is a basilica located in the village of l’Epine. Situated in Marne, it is also called “Basilica of Our Lady of the Thorn” and is built in Flamboyant Gothic architectural style. Inside the basilica is a rood screen made around the 15th century and many gargoyle installations. There are statues of the Seated Virgin, Venerated Virgin and St. Jaques. There are also altars, a decorated tribune consisting of 7 Pegan gods and 8 apostles and a choir organ which is from Merklin. Considered to be an architectural masterpiece, this UNESCO designated World heritage site has a unique layout which resembles a Christian cross when seen from the sky.