Champagne is the ultimate celebratory drink—one that’s practically guaranteed to put you in a good mood. So what better beverage is there to plan a vacation around? To find true Champagne, you’ll have to head to the eponymous region of Champagne, France. Bubbly wines from other areas are merely sparkling wine, prosecco, or Cava.
On these Champagne tours you can raise a glass, tour the caves, and learn the history of this festive tipple.
Taittinger is one of the most iconic champagne houses in the world, and now aficionados can book a special experience for their visit. Taittinger’s At the Table of Tibaud IV tour features a guided audio session focusing on Tibaud IV, an iconic figure from the Tattinger dynasty who is known as the Count of Champagne. Of course, some Champagne samples are also included―you can look forward to glasses of the Brut Réserve and the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs during the tour.
Looking for a more intimate Champagne tour experience? You can’t just book a tour online of Billecart-Salmon. Instead, prospective visitors will have to fill out a visit request form and hope that the house will grant your wish. Maison Billecart-Salmon warns that they receive a large number of visit requests and can’t accommodate everyone who wants a tour.
If your request is granted, you’ll be treated to a small group tour of the stunning vineyard, gardens, and cellars—followed by a generous Champagne tasting.
Show off your expert palate at Veuve Clicquot’s Discovering Vintage tour where you’ll have the opportunity to do a blind tasting of the house’s Brut Carte Jaune cuvée and a vintage cuvée—will you be able to identify them correctly?
You’ll also be treated to a tour of Veuve Clicquot’s crayères (the vertical chalk pits where the Champagne is aged) along with stories and anecdotes from the brand’s history.
Founded in 1972, Nicolas Feuillate is one of the youngest Champagne houses in the region, and according to them, the number one Champagne in France. Decide for yourself on one of Nicolas Feuillatte’s tours, which include a guided tour plus a tasting of several different types of bubbly.
Hoping for some food to soak up the alcohol on a Champagne tour? Book brunch at Maison Ruinhart, where every Saturday and Sunday the house hosts a boozy breakfast in its stunning French garden (or inside in the lounge).
The locally-sourced brunch is paired with two glasses of your Champagne of choice.
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