Visiting the Champagne region: A corker of a time in Épernay

Visiting the Champagne region: A corker of a time in Épernay
I was hosted by The Agence Regionale Du Tourisme Grand Est on a press trip but all views and photos are my own.

Épernay, the ‘Champs-Elysées of the Champagne region,’ is considered as the “capital” of the Champagne region due to the density of the champagne industry and how many residents work in it. It has a very different feel from Reims, and from the two, this was my favourite.

Épernay is also home to the famous Avenue de Champagne with many of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses housed on it such as Moet, Perrier-Jouët, Pol Roger and Mercier.

Getting to Épernay

Épernay is accessible both directly from Paris or from Reims, and I recommend combining the two for the perfect weekend break.

Things to do and see in Épernay

A tasting at  C. Comme

Kick off your trip with a tasting of a flight of champagnes and a lesson in flavour and varieties. This tasting room and wine cellar carries only small producers, so you’re guaranteed to try something that you may never have tried before.

The six glass tasting is ideal as it exposes you to the three main champagne grapes (chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier), different crus, and the two ways of making rosé champagne.

I would recommend sharing the tasting rather than ordering 6 glasses each 😉

An aerial view from a Hot Air Balloon

Marvel at Épernay from an aerial view from a Hot Air Balloon whilst sipping on champagne of course! Each day, a different local champagne producer provides their champagne to the hot air balloon as the ‘champagne of the day’, and so if you go again another time you are likely to experience a different champagne. You also get to keep a champagne flute as a gift!

Little Tourist Train Ride

Hop on board the little tourist train and hear about the history of Épernay’s great champagne houses, as the train takes you along Avenue de Champagne and through the city centre.

Tour and Tasting at Maison de Champagne de Castellane

A tasting at Maison de Champagne de Castellane is an absolute must! I loved learning about the processes as well as seeing the views of Épernay from the iconic Tower, which can be spotted from anywhere in the town.

We were lucky to have a private tour organised for us and it was the highlight of the trip for me.

Where to eat and drink in Épernay

Champagne de Venoge

We popped into Champagne de Venoge on Avenue de Champagne for a glass as we are intrigued by its gorgeous courtyard and it was a fabulous spot for some fizz!

La Banque

La Banque, a brasserie set in a former bank, is a wonderful spot for lunch, and we especially loved the themed carpet! The food was fantastic and I enjoyed a glass of Pol Roger here.

La Table Kobus

La Table Kobus has gorgeous French cuisine served beautifully and a must try for a fine dining experience!

Where to stay

Magna Quies Bed and Breakfast

Magna Quies Bed and Breakfast on 49 Avenue de Champagne, is the perfect base for your Champagne adventure, a stately home converted into a B&B with the friendly host staying there. It is 5 star standards and I would totally stay there again on a return trip to Épernay.

The best thing is their dog!

From my room I had an amazing view of the tower too.

Have you visited Épernay? What were your highlights?

I was hosted by The Agence Regionale Du Tourisme Grand Est on a press trip but all views and photos are my own.
Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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1 Comment

  1. November 6, 2019 / 10:21 am

    This makes me want to go back! Is there anything more fabulous than champagne tasting in Champagne!

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