Oenotourism in Champagne
Discover the savoir-faire and the art of the champagne tasting
Champagne: symbol of celebration and great moments
This prestigious wine made its appearance in the 19th century. Its notoriety was developed during the advent of Louis XIV where it became the wine of coronations. Produced only in France, in the Champagne region, the champagne appellation (AOC) is unique in the world. However, thanks to the diversity of the harvests, the vintages and the blends specific to each house, you will find champagnes with diferents flavors. This diversity means that you can find a champagne which perfectly fits with every occasion and every dish. Enjoy your stay in our cottages, located in the heart of the Champagne vineyards to discover this unique savoir-faire and to explore the sumptuous Champagne vineyards, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how to taste the different champagne cuvées and how to combine them with your favorite dishes. Exchange with local producers to discover their passion for this wine and the gestures of their work.
The different grape varieties and their characteristics
The three main grape varieties used in champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay brings delicate notes with floral and fruity (citrus) scents. Pinot Meunier gives the champagne suppleness and roundness. Pinot Noir gives the wines body and power, marked by aromas of red fruits. Other grape varieties are planted in Champagne wine-growing lands, but they are poorly represented, they are called “forgotten grape varieties”. Among them, there are: Arbane, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Meslier.
The Champagne Tourist Route
A circuit around 220 kilometers between Bar-sur-Aube and Bar-sur-Seine, around green hillsides and valleys, the côte des Bar area has more than 100 producers. Pinot Noir is the most grape variety planted in the Aube vineyards and this is where it flourishes the most. What are you waiting? Come explore the cellars of the producers and taste their champagnes!