5 exceptional wineries in Champagne
Take the opportunity to visit the underground galleries, which are miles long, where millions of precious champagne bottles hide away from the light and heat.
Mercier: love at first sight
The visit to this winery includes a trip on a small train, which crosses part of the 18 km of Mercier wineries, crossing 30 m under the limestone soil of Epernay until reaching the surface, where tastings await visitors. One of the obligatory stops is the barrel called Foudre Mercier, which was built in the 19th century by Eugene Mercier, who won second prize at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889.
Moët & Chandon: history and tradition
Moët & Chandon is one of the most famous champagne houses and also has the most extensive cellars, which form a 28 km deep labyrinth of 28 km in the ground beneath the famous Champagne boulevard in Epernay. Visitors can opt for three visits: Traditional, Grand Vintage and Imperial. They honor their commitment to history and honor Dom Pérignon with the statue in the center of the courtyard.
Mumm: the iconic Cordon Rouge
The white label with the red cord is recognized worldwide. Maison Mumm, founded in Reims in 1827, offers a “Cordon Rouge” experience where everyone will have to mobilize their olfactory senses, 7 or 14 meters below ground.A small museum portrays the history and knowledge of Maison Mumm, then we take a tasting break, where special vintages can be tasted.
Taittinger: a family passion
Located in Reims Place Saint-Nicaise, where the abbey was located in the 13th century, Maison Taittinger still retains some traces of this history. At 18 meters deep, time travel remains in the cellars, made of Gallo-Roman chalk, which are part of the “Coteaux, houses and champagne cellars”. About 15 million bottles rest and age in these cellars, preserving the family’s knowledge.
Veuve Clicquot: champagne inspired by femininity
In 1810, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, the widow Clicquot was the first woman to run a champagne house and created her own vintage. Since then, the gold label has become a world reference. During the visit, giant screens present and remember this beautiful story. Finally, a tasting allows you to close with a golden key.