Savoring the Sparkle: A Journey Through the Enchanting Champagne Region

If you’re ever in Paris, I highly recommend considering a day trip to the Reims/Champagne region! This proved to be a standout experience during our last visit. With just an hour train ride from Paris, it’s effortlessly accessible, offering a plethora of winery options. While we opted for two wineries for the day, ensuring a seamless return journey, there are abundant choices for exploration.

Upon reaching Reims, we decided to grab a quick bite at En Aparthe, a charming café situated on the main street. Afterward, we took the time to explore the surrounding area, with highlights including the historic Reims Cathedral

Verve Cliqout

After enjoying a delightful breakfast, we embarked on our first stop at Verve Cliquot, a renowned champagne brand in the US. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the brand’s history, particularly highlighting the influential woman behind its success. Despite my curiosity about potential cost savings at the winery, the champagne prices were quite comparable to those found at European liquor stores—still more affordable than in the US!

As part of the tour, you have the opportunity to explore the Crayères, UNESCO World Heritage-listed cellars that stands as a symbol of the House’s legacy. You will also gain insights into the remarkable journey of Madame Clicquot, renowned as the ‘Grande Dame of Champagne’ in the twilight of her life.

The immersive tour is concluded with a tasting experience featuring the iconic Brut Yellow Label cuvée in Magnum, the Rosé Brut, and the prestigious La Grande Dame cuvée.

Following our tour at Verve, we proceeded to enjoy a quick lunch and another glass of champagne at Pommery, before we made our way to Ruinart for our second tour of the day.

Ruinart

Our second tour led us to Ruinart, renowned as the oldest established champagne house in the region, preserving the art of living since 1729

My personal favorite among the champagnes we sampled was the Blanc de Blanc! During our tour, we had the delightful company of a group of guys studying abroad, leading to some hilarious moments. By this point, we had indulged in quite a bit of champagne, and needless to say, our spirits were quite effervescent!”

Our tour at Ruinart encompassed a guided exploration of the Crayères, followed by a delightful tasting experience featuring two exquisite cuvées. Both tours we did were unique and provided us with different perspectives.

Explore our travel itinerary for inspiration or customize it to suit your preferences. For a vibrant visual experience, don’t forget to follow my travel adventures on Instagram Stories! @diaryofadirtyblonde

ItineraryTimeAddressNotes
Train to Reims08:28 > 09:14 arrival
departure 19:14 (7:15) > 20:01 (8:01)
Office de Tourisme du Grand Reims – Site Gare (Train Station), Cr de la Gare, 51100 Reims, FranceCan book ticket in advance
Coffee/BreakfastEn ApartheCute little brunch/coffee place
Walk to Reims Cathedral3 Rue Guillaume de Machault, 51100 Reims, France
Veurve ClicquotAppt at 11am1 Rue Albert Thomas, 51100 Reims, FranceLoved! Pre-book tour
RuinartAppt at 14:30 (2:30pm)4 rue des crayères, 51100 ReimsLoved! Pre-book tour – timing in-between these tours was good as well – we stopped at Champagne Pommery (quick walk) for another glass of champagne and lunch
Dinner before the train backWe were starving and ended up at a random burger place I don’t recommend haha – but you could do some googling or just pop in somewhere

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