Week-end tastings and discoveries
You dreaming of a change of scenery vacation not too far from home? The Champagne-Ardenne region is the perfect place to plan your 2020 summer holidays. This beautiful region of France, only 3 hours by car from Brussels, is the ideal place for lovers of hiking, prestigious champagnes but also of fun activities of all kinds.
Visit the cellars and houses of Champagne
Champagne-Ardenne offers an underground tour over several kilometers of its prestigious cellars that delight lovers of bubbles. The greatest houses share their history and know-how through guided tours of their cellars and a tasting of champagnes that have been carefully preserved from the light and heat for years. We present you our favorite houses:
Moët & Chandon : Between tradition and history
Dug into the white chalk of Champagne, the underground cellars of Moët & Chandon form a 28 km long labyrinth that attests to the history of the house created in 1743. Guardians of a real treasure, they bear witness to the work of men over the years to make us taste exceptional wines today. The house reveals its know-how, its secrets and its history to all visitors curious to explore its depths. One of the most beautiful houses to visit and worth a visit.
For more information about Moët & Chandon and its visits, go to: www.moet.com
Boisselle & Fils : A family story
It is in the heart of Ville-Dommange, a small village near Reims, that the Boisselle family is located. These passionate producers have been cultivating the vine for more than 5 generations and have made it a real family story! From grandfathers to grandsons, they have passed on their quality know-how to produce today vintages elaborated with the greatest care. A small Champagne nugget that we advise you to discover during a detour in the region.
If you would like more information about Boisselle & Fils, go to : boisselle.business.site
Mumm: An iconic red cord
You surely recognize the Mumm house by its white label and red cord? Well, this label has travelled all over the world and has made the success of the brand. To celebrate this success, the house guides you through a visit of its cellars and a discovery of its iconic champagne. Live the "Cordon Rouge Experience" and use your olfactory sense to recognize its composition. You can then visit the small museum dedicated to the history and know-how of the house and taste other vintages. A true initiatory experience in the heart of one of the most beautiful champagne houses.
To visit the Mumm house and discover all its secrets, we give you an appointment just here: www.mumm.com
Ruinart: A French art of living
In the heart of Reims is the oldest champagne house, Ruinart. More than ever this year, the house wants to make you discover its nature, its culture, its gastronomy, its wine and especially its know-how. It has prepared for its visitors complete and enriching visits through virtual discoveries of its deepest cellars, tastings of some vintages without forgetting the explanations on the elaboration of champagne, from the harvest in the vineyards to the bottling. The house also stages an artistic installation to show the impact of global warming on the Champagne region. A visit that will allow you to learn a little more about the making of its champagne, its history and above all its authentic know-how.
To find out more about the Ruinart house and its visits, go to: www.ruinart.com
Discovery of Reims Cathedral
A discovery of the Champagne-Ardenne region cannot be made without a visit to the cathedral of Reims. Known for its imposing sculptures and statues, but also for having been the place of coronation of many kings of France, the cathedral of Reims is worth the detour. You will be amazed by the grandeur of the monument, even bigger than Notre-Dame de Paris, but also by its beauty. Whether it is the facade, the stained glass windows or the countless sculptures, the charm and the gothic style of the cathedral of Reims will seduce you for sure.
For more information on this emblematic monument of the region, visit: www.cathedrale-reims.fr.
Stroll in Troyes, the city of a thousand colors
Did you know that the city of Troyes has one of the richest architectural heritage in France, but also extremely well preserved over time?
It is nicknamed the city of a thousand colors because of its colorful half-timbered houses dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. During a visit to the city, you will be able to observe whole streets with a picturesque style and atypical design, especially thanks to these charming half-timbered houses.
For shopping enthusiasts, Troyes will amaze you with its many factory outlets open to the general public and which concentrate the biggest fashion brands. All the more reason to visit this beautiful region for a weekend.
To find out more about the city of Troyes, go to: www.tourisme-troyes.com
Family day in the Nigloland amusement park in Dolancourt
A fun activity for young and old, you dreamed of it? Here is an amusement park that will meet your expectations, no matter what your age. The park's 4 thematic universes as well as the numerous rides accessible from 2 years old allow you to get together with family or friends to share a fun day. Adrenaline junkies can take a seat in one of the 11 sensational attractions while the youngest ones can enjoy the different rides adapted to their age. In between attractions, you will surely cross the path of the two hedgehogs Niglo and Niglotte, the park's mascots, who are always happy to be present in the souvenir photos! Enough to spend a pleasant day with your family and leave with a head full of memories.
For more information on the park's activities, visit: www.nigloland.fr
Sporting getaway in the regional natural park of the Orient Forest, in Piney
In the heart of the Aube and its deep forests lies the Regional Natural Park of the Oriental Forest. It is the ideal place to enjoy fun and sports activities: hiking or biking, swimming or canoeing, everyone will find what they are looking for. Nature lovers will be seduced by the immense forests and the numerous ponds which offer an impressive natural setting. The perfect place to enjoy the warm summer days in Champagne-Ardenne!
For more information on the Orient Forest Regional Nature Park, go to: www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.fr
Where to stay in Champagne-Ardenne?
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
Stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in Champagne, in a setting that combines natural scenery and the charm of this wine-growing region. You will be able to enjoy a moment of well-being thanks to the various relaxation areas offered by the spa: hammam, sauna, whirlpool, yoga studio, fitness room without forgetting the luxurious indoor and outdoor swimming pools, all waiting for you to give you a Zen moment.
You will stay in spacious rooms decorated in a chic and modern style, perfect for a few days in the area. And for dinner, you can let yourself be tempted by the Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant or simply enjoy the brasserie and its pretty terrace overlooking the vineyards. A tasty cuisine that is sure to delight your taste buds.
For more information about this hotel, please visit: royalchampagne.com
Domaine Les Crayères
In the heart of Reims, the Domaine Les Crayères is a real exceptional accommodation. Decorated in the classic French style, this hotel-château is enthroned in an atmosphere of elegance and refinement. It is the perfect base for a weekend of discovery of the most beautiful places in the region. You will be able to enjoy its gastronomic double starred table and taste one of the 600 champagnes offered à la carte. It is a small haven of peace away from the noise of the city...
For more information about this castle, go to : lescrayeres.com
La Villa Eugène
Situated on the famous Avenue de Champagne, La Villa Eugène welcomes you in its majestic and upscale hotel. Its architecture and decoration in traditional style invite you to rest and discover the hidden treasures of the region. You can enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool or simply taste the local flavors in the few nearby restaurants. A stay off the beaten track to enjoy the jewels of the region for a weekend.
For more information on this hotel, visit: www.villa-eugene.com