Epernay, champagne capital and home to the sector’s most prestigious Houses, awaits your arrival in the very heart of the Champagne vineyards. Discover the (often buried) treasures abounding in this little city surrounded by vines, and the wonders of the villages nearby.
Epernay’s Champagne Houses
A symbol of its winegrowing tradition, Epernay’s kilometre-long Avenue de Champagne is lined with some of the sector’s most prestigious Houses. Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with its mixture of Renaissance, Classical and 19th-century buildings, little châteaux and sumptuous edifices, the site can hold its own against the finest avenues Paris has to offer.
To discover the full charm and elegance of these temples of French gastronomy, take a wander along these “Champs Elysées of Champagne”. Between tasting sessions, visits to Champagne Houses and exploration of wine cellars and galleries carved out of the chalk, it’s an unforgettable experience.
Epernay’s panoramic views
Aboard a tethered balloon 150 metres up in the air, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over Epernay and the whole region. For 15 minutes, get your fill of thrills as you discover some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes.
You’d like to enjoy outstanding views without having to take to the skies? Then climb the 237 steps of the Castellane Tower on the famous Avenue de Champagne. From the top of its 66 metres, this imposing red-brick structure promises you stunning panoramic views over the city of Epernay. A pleasant spot for a stroll, Mont Bernon and the Pierre Cheval Belvedere provide a 360° panorama of the hillsides and city centre down below.
Visiting Epernay and its surroundings
Near Epernay, in the little village of Hautvillers, also known as the “Cradle of Champagne”, you can stroll among the vines, taste local products in a wine cellar and visit Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers Abbey, where the cellar master was a Benedictine monk whose name has gone down in Champagne history: Dom Pérignon.
The Tourist Route across the Champagne vineyards will take you to Aÿ-Champagne. Here, as well as some of the greatest and most famous Champagne Houses, you can visit Pressoria’s Champagne Interpretation Centre, where Champagne is put well and truly in the spotlight through a sensory journey into the region’s winegrowing history.