WINE TASTING & CELLAR TOURS
The Champagne Avenue in Epernay is said to be the most expensive in the world because of the millions of bottles stored beneath it. At the very heart of this celebrated avenue, stand the labyrinthine cellars of Moët & Chandon, the world’s largest Champagne house.
Located deep under the chalky soil and featuring over twenty-eight kilometers of historic galleries and sumptuous vaults, Moët & Chandon cellars are the longest in the region. At the end of the visit, we enjoy a tasting session with a master sommelier before heading to Hautvilliers, the neighboring village of Dom Pérignon, where Champagne was born.
The house of Billecart Salmon, situated in the hilltown of Mareuil-sur-Ay, just north of Epernay, is one of the few remaining Champagne houses to be owned by its founding family. Billecart-Salmon is known for fashioning supremely elegant artisans Champagne, notably a brut rosé that has acquired a worldwide reputation.
Touring the winery and the Clos St. Hilaire, the family’s most prized vineyard, is getting to see the entire production process from grape to bottling line, something many of the Champagne producers are reluctant to show. Some fortunate visitors even manage to have a look at the horse in action gently ploughing between the vines.