If you’re planning a trip to France, there’s no doubt that the Champagne region – and therefore Champagne wine cellars – should be part of your itinerary. And of course, if you visit Champagne, there are a variety of Champagne tours, tickets, & excursions that Winalist can help you pick, plan, and discover. Discover the most incredible Champagne caves and Champagne wine cellars with the help of Winalist with the ultimate travel guide to visit Champagne.
At Winalist, we are passionate about all types of wine and champagne! Our staff is full of locals who have an in-depth understanding of the area’s history. For a one-of-a-kind experience, take one of our esteemed Champagne wine cellars tours – from local wineries to tasting exquisite wines with remarkable stories behind them.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for making lifelong memories set against France Champagne Region’s stunning landscape! Let’s get started.
In this Eastern region of France, the harvest have been carried out since the Middle Ages in order to produce mostly white wines, and the famous sparkling wines called “Champagne“, a beverage for which the whole world is pretty much crazy about. Over more than 34,000 hectares, the Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grape varieties drive a Champagne wine economy which is an integral part of the region’s history. Today, more than 4600 harvesters work to make wines and preserve the traditions of the region.
Wine tourism in Champagne is an excellent way to experience the daily life of winegrowers and to understand what is behind this refined drink, that is, Champagne. Winalist gives you access to the experience offered by the best cellar tours in Champagne in a few clicks: a unique way to discover the Champagne heritage!
Champagne Wine Cellars & Tours to Visit
Discover our selection of best Champagne Cellar Tours: tastings in wine estates and in Champagne appellation, together with winegrowers, producers and harvesters.
1. Champagne Mercier train visit
An institution in the region, the Champagne Mercier located in Epernay was created under the empire of Napoleon III. Its founder, Eugène Mercier, aimed to making accessible a drink at the time very elitist, without losing quality.
Today, the Champagne Mercier cellars are among the most visited in France!
In the 18 km (11 miles!) of underground galleries dedicated to the production of the precious beverage, you will be able to enjoy an audio-guided tour aboard a small train fully automatized (and believe us it’s impressive!). At the end of the visit, you’ll be able to enjoy a tasting. Touring Champagne Mercier is one of the only way to visit a Champagne cellar while not walking, great for the end of day after visiting the famous Epernay Champagne houses .
2. The iconic Champagne Moët & Chandon
Also located in Epernay, the Moet and Chandon Champagne House is one of the largest wine estates in Champagne (150 hectares) and produces 50% of Grands Crus in its vineyards located in the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, the Marne Valley, Sézanne and Aube (near Troyes). A history and exceptional products to discover with Winalist. Perfect to enhance your wine trip, the whole team of Champagne Moët & Chandon welcomes you for guided tours, after which you will have the possibility of taste the famous imperial brut. You arouse your curiosity while taking advantage of the oenological expertise coupled with the heritage of a unique family know-how passed down to all generations.
3. Champagne Veuve Clicquot
Distributed in best Champagne vintages , the vineyard of Veuve Clicquot Champagne House is now present in 12 of the 17 Grands Crus and 20 of the 44 Premiers Crus in Champagne. This incredible heritage has been built over the centuries since the founder’s time (1772), then by the various successors at the head of Veuve Clicquot. Today, the House is well committed to the sustainable development of responsible production, in order to preserve the Champagne terroir.
Immerse yourself in this historical universe by visiting the vineyards and the prestigious chalk cellars over more than 20 kilometers, while tasting these delicate wines with a peculiar style, mixture of power and complexity. For us one of the best Champagne houses in Reims to visit!
4. Champagne Taittinger House
In Reims, precious bottles rest in chalk pits before accompanying festive moments around the world. This is the Champagne produced by the Taittinger Champagne House. Throughout the year, their guide interpreters open the doors of Taittinger Champagne to you and help you discover the history and cellars of this beautiful family house. At the end of your journey, you will be able to savor the fruit of the work carried out by a team of enthusiasts: the house Cuvées will share with you the soul of family traditions, starting by the fact that each bottle is signed with the name of its owners.
In just a few clicks, Winalist gives you access to tasting experiences offered by Maison Taittinger. Visitors are delighted, and particularly appreciated “L’Instant Signé”, one of the best visits to the Taittinger cellars punctuated by the tasting Brut Reserve and Counts of Champagne . This house is one of the most beautiful champagne cellar tours.
5. Mumm, the famous Cordon Rouge bottles
Since its creation in 1827, the Mumm Champagne House combines ancestral traditions and avant-garde to meet the requirements of the greatest tables on the planet.
Did you know? The House adopted its final name “GH Mumm” in 1852 when one of the descendants of the family, Georges Hermann Mumm, affixed his initials to it. This same man created the famous “Cordon Rouge” vintage in 1875.
Discover the legendary Cuvées resting in the imposing chalk cellars of Reims during an informative and immersive visit with tasting to enhance your day. The Millésime, Grand Cru and Cordon Rouge Experiences are available for booking on Winalist in just a few clicks, with no additional booking fees. You can also discover other visits to cellars in Champagne.
Winalist’s Champagne Wine Cellars
The best champagne cellar tours, some of the larger Houses and many other family estates can be found on Winalist. Book easily the wine tourism activity that suits you in Champagne by using our unique search engine and consulting the opinions of hundreds of visitors. The wine heritage of the Champagne region and particularly its hillsides and cellars, is also listed as a World Heritage Site Unesco .
Champagne Wine Cellars FAQs
How many days do I need in Champagne?
If you wish to have a true immersive experience in Champagne or take multiple Champagne wine cellars tours, our suggestion is to at least plan a 3-day stay. If however your schedule cannot allow it, 2 days can suffice to already have an enchanted experience in one of the most iconic wine regions of the world, and the only place on earth that produces true Champagne.
Are Champagne wine cellars easily accessible?
The Champagne region is probably one of the easiest wine region to access from Paris. You can count about 45 minutes by train, and rather 1h40 if you rent a car, to reach Reims. Cellar accessibility depends on individual host, so be sure to reach out to your desired host to inquire on their accessibility capabilities before beginning your tour.
When is the best time to visit Champagne?
It is your choice to make according to personal preferences. Our suggestion is to come between May and October, knowing the summer is a particularly good time to visit the region. Late September is particularly busy as the fall harvest begins, but it’s also nice to witness this wine-making key-step.
Visit the Champagne region from Paris
Wine lovers visiting Paris often choose to take a day trip to Reims for Champagne tasting. Getting there via train from Paris is actually very easy and quick. Then you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy the bubbles at a few of the top Champagne houses in Reims.
Reims is the center of the Champagne world in France. You can visit world-famous estates, such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Taittinger, or check out the smaller Champagne houses you may not have heard of.
All you’ll need are a few advanced appointments, your walking shoes, and enough time to do it justice
How to Get from Paris to Reims ?
You can get to Reims from Paris by taking the TGV train. From anywhere in Paris, just get yourself to the East Railway Station. You can take the Paris subway to arrive at this station. This makes it very easy to visit Reims, no matter where in Europe you’re arriving from.
You don’t have to have tickets for the train in advance, but during busy times we do recommend buying them in advance to make sure you can get a seat. There have been times that the train has been full and we’ve had to take the next one. You can purchase tickets in advance on Trainline.com.