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Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

Champagne country

A trip to this famous part of the world would not be complete without discovering for yourselves the secrets behind champagne. A drive through the region will whet your appetite, with the beautiful vineyards spreading far and wide creating some fantastic landscape.

A nearby vineyard

Monial

The Monastic cellar of Colombey-le-Sec is a former part of the Clairvaux Abbey. It dates from the 12th century and is listed as an historic building. This cellar was the pressure centre of the cistercians monks. Today, it has found all its heart by sheltering the production of the Monial Champagne.

This cellar remains a model of the cistercien art as its premises are very large. You can visit also the chapel Saint Michel, dating back from the 15th, 16th century and we can taste the Champagnes.

Château de Bligny

Bligny, our most visited attraction, gives you the opportunity to tour an historic monument, as well as take a look at a working champagne house. Set within its vineyards, the château is looked after by the very friendly proprietors, who themselves take you on the tour, finishing with a couple of glasses of finest champagne. (visites from 20 people)

Small champagne producers

Many small, independent, family run champagne houses can be found around the region. So why not try calling into one of these on the touristic champagne route. Many of them will offer you samples of their produce, and you will discover a very different side of the industry.

The major champagne houses

Reims and Epernay house many of the champagne producers you will be familiar with, and most of them offer tours and tastings.

Piper Heidsieck, based in Reims since 1785, takes you on a tour of its cellars by automatic car, with commentary in English. Then take a seat in the lush surroundings of the bar, and appreciate some of the finer things in life with a glass of champagne.

Also in Reims, champagne house Ruinart offers tours of its caves and caverns. They are officially classed as historical monuments, and the guide will explain all about the history of the buildings as well as the champagne making process.

Epernay considers itself the epicentre of the champagne industry, and rightly so. Around it are 45000 acres of vineyards, and under your feet are 200 million bottles in 60 miles of cellars. Just take a walk down the ‘Avenue de Champagne’ and you will have a real feel for the importance of the city.

One of the most famous houses, Moet and Chandon will take you on a walking tour of part of their 20 miles of caves. They will then offer you a tasting, an opportunity not to be missed.

Champagne Mercier, just a little further down the ‘Avenue de Champagne’, gives a tour with a difference. After a short introduction, they will take you down into the caves by lift, giving you a panoramic view of the levels as you pass. You will then board a small train for your guided tour of the cellars. Then take a lift back to the surface to taste the finest champagne on offer. A great experience for all the family.

 
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