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Article written by Elisa - Travel Writer & Local in France
Champagne in Reims
Reims, in Eastern France, is the capital of the historical Champagne region, today part of the Grand Est new region. The city is well known for the Reims Cathedral, the place chosen by the French Kings to be sacred under the eyes of the world and God. It is also a pretty walkable city of cafés, shops, and champagne houses.
If you enjoy champagne wine, you can learn more about it and even do some champagne tastings in Reims. In fact, visiting one of the champagne houses in Reims is one of the best things to do!
Reims is less than two hours from the French capital, so you can visit on a day trip from Paris or as part of a champagne road trip. To help you plan your Reims champagne tour, here’s a list of the best champagne houses in Reims for the sophisticated traveler.
Champagne Tasting in Reims Trip Planning
Below are some of the best champagne tours in Reims, hotels, and more!
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Top Reims Accommodation and Lodging
La Caserne Chancy Hotel & Spa (top suggestion), Grand Hotel des Templiers (luxury), La Demeure des Sacres (mid-range), Hotel des Arcades (budget), Les Berceaux de la Cathédrale (apartments), Domaine Les Crayères (château-hôtel 2.3Km from the center).
Do you prefer touring the best champagne houses in Reims with an expert guide? No problem! Here are the best Champagne tours in Reims:
Best Reims Champagne Houses to Visit
Do you want to visit the most beautiful champagne cellars in Reims and do some tastings? Here’s the list of the best champagne houses to visit in Reims and their most popular proposals. Enjoy!
TIP: If you plan to buy a few bottles of champagne in Reims (who could resist?!), make sure you pack your wine properly so it arrives safely home!
1. Veuve Clicquot
- Address: 1 Rue Albert Thomas, Reims
- Wine prices: 40€ to 200€
Veuve Clicquot is one of the best champagne houses in Reims. It’s also the second-largest champagne house, churning out more than 18 million bottles yearly. Located on the outskirts of Reims, the house is perched over crayères, which are a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
Veuve Clicquot is located in a grand old house that perfectly mingles the old and the new. It’s best known for its Cave Privée vintages, which are aged in the cellars for two decades.
You can discover delicious and (surprisingly) affordable champagnes at Veuve Clicquot with a tour like:
- Discovering Vintage, with 2 tastings
- Clicquot Fiend’s Class, vineyard visit with tastings (visit to the cellar not included)
2. Champagne Pommery
- Address: 5 Place du Général Gouraud, Reims
- Wine prices: 30€ to 170€
If you’re going to take a Reims champagne tour, why not do it in one of the most architecturally stunning estates in the area? Champagne Pommery is one of the biggest champagne houses in Reims (and the region), and it’s located in an Elizabethan-style estate built in the 19th century by Jeanne Pommery.
Every part of this estate is beautiful, from the staircase leading down to the ancient Roman caves that house the aging wine to the art nouveau tasting rooms. The Pommery champagnes are world-famous, so you should try a few of them.
This estate offers some of the best champagne tours in Reims, including:
- Guided tour of Pommery’s cellars with 1 tasting
- Pommery & Villa Demoiselle self-guided tour with 1 tasting
- Pommery & Villa Demoiselle guided tour with 1 tasting
- Guided visit from the vine to the glass with 1 tasting
- Gastronomic visit (estate, cellars with 1 tasting, and lunch or dinner)
3. Champagne Taittinger
- Address: 9 Place Saint-Nicaise, Reims
- Wine prices: 30€ to 180€
Champagne Taittinger is one of the best champagne houses Reims has to offer for a total champagne experience and delicious wines. Located between the Côte des Blancs, the Vallée de la Marne, and the Montagne de Reims, this is the third-largest vineyard in the region.
The estate is guarded by enormous entrance gates, and once inside, you’ll walk through the old Saint-Nicaise Abbey, which dates back to the 13th century, before descending to the 4th-century chalk cellars. The cellars have recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Champagne Taittinger is best known for its legendary Comtes de Champagne, rated among the finest Blanc de Blancs in the world.
At Champagne Taittinger, you can enjoy some of the most popular champagne tours in Reims, including:
- L’Instant Rosé Tasting (without cellar visit)
- Instant Gourmet Tasting (without cellar visit)
- A la table de Thibaud IV experience (without cellar visit)
2023: the cellars are temporarily closed. Expected reopening in 2024.
4. Champagne GH Martel & Co
- Address: 17 Rue des Créneaux, Reims
- Wine prices: 15€ to 100€
Champagne GH Martel & Co is centrally located, close to other popular choices like Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot, and features medieval chalk quarries dug between the 14th and 15th centuries. When you visit this famous champagne house in Reims, you can tour the cellar and see their interesting wine-making machinery and tools collection.
Champagne GH Martel was founded in 1860 by the Tabourin family, and this long history shows in the house. It has gorgeous private rooms and a lovely Orangerie and Belle Epoque lounge where you can enjoy a sumptuous wine tasting or hold an event.
While you’re at GH Martel, you can try the following champagne tours:
- Visit and Tasting – Initiation, with 3 tastings
- Visit and Tasting – Discovery, with 2 tastings
- Visit and Tasting – Prestige, with 2 tastings
- Tasting of 3 vintages (no visit of the cellar-museum)
TIP: If you want to make your Champagne trip even better, then make sure that you stay in one of the luxurious château-hotels in the Champagne region.
5. Champagne Ruinart
- Address: 4 Rue des Crayères, Reims
- Wine prices: 30€ to 1,000+€
Champagne Ruinart was first established in 1768, making it the longest-established champagne house in Reims. It’s located at the top of the hill on Rue des Crayères and has huge chalk wine cellars where they age their champagne. The cellars are classified as a national monument and were created in the 3rd century by the Romans. You can actually still see the score marks left behind by these long-ago creators.
This is one of the Reims champagne houses known for its 100% Chardonnay cuvées with their fruit tastes and silky textures.
- Cellar tour with tastings
And there you have it, the list of the best champagne houses in Reims to visit for a day full of bubbles. Which champagne house would you like to visit for your champagne tastings in Reims?