Champagne RECOMMENDATIONS See all

Wine Lover's Guide to Champagne

By Viator, April 2018

5 528 Reviews | Add your review

The bubbly produced in the Champagne region of France is the go-to wine for celebration, and the Champagne winemakers’ reputation for excellence is recognized the world over. Here’s what you need to know about the sparkling wines produced in this UNESCO World Heritage–listed region. 

Must-Try Varietals
In this part of France, there is one particular wine style that monopolizes oenophiles’ attention: Champagne. Champagne producers create the eponymous sparkling wine using pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay grapes, which must be carefully pruned, picked, sorted, pressed, fermented, and blended according to strict regulations designed to ensure the quality of wines from the protected appellation. 

Champagnes can be broken down into several distinct styles. There are blanc de blancs (made entirely from chardonnay grapes), blanc de noirs (made entirely from pinot noir and/or pinot meunier), and rosé (made either by adding a small amount of red wine to the blend or by exposing the skin during pressing). It can be categorized as being non-vintage (a blend of different years and crus), vintage (made from grapes harvested during a single year), or prestige cuvée (a premium product made with the vineyard’s best grapes). Villages in the Champagne region are classified to help determine grape prices, with grand cru being the highest classification, followed by premier cru and autre cru. 

Must-Do Experiences
  • Tour the cellars of legendary Champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, and Taittinger.
  • Take part in Champagne tastings during a wine tour of the region. 
  • Enjoy a picnic amid the vineyards
  • Take part in a chef-led culinary workshop, creating dishes that will pair well with Champagne. 
  • Explore Hautvillers, the birthplace of Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk credited with creating Champagne. 

Tours & Tickets

See all

Small-Group Day Tour of Moët et Chandon and Taittinger with Champagne Tasting from Reims, Reims, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Day Tour of Moët et Chandon and Taittinger with Champagne Tasting from Reims

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 95 Reviews

Take a day to explore Reims, France including visits to the Champagne Grand Cru Villages such as Bouzy, Verzenay, Le Mesnil,... discover the Dom Perignon's ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.66
Small-Group Day Tour of Reims to Veuve Clicquot and Montagne with Champagne Tasting from Reims, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Day Tour of Reims to Veuve Clicquot and Montagne with Champagne Tasting from Reims

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Discover the vineyards and taste all kinds of Champagne, which range from great Champagne houses to small producers. Start your day with a sightseeing of the ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.82
Champagne Day Trip to Moët et Chandon and Family Winery including Lunch from Reims, Reims, Wine ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Champagne Day Trip to Moët et Chandon and Family Winery including Lunch from Reims

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Meet your personal guide in Reims and start the day with a drive to Epernay for the visit of the most famous Champagne producer : Moët & Chandon. ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.88
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region from Paris, Paris, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 168 Reviews

Enjoy a wonderful day trip from Paris to Champagne, one of the most famous regions in France, and indulge in eight tastings of bubbly in three different ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $291.26
Champagne Tour from Paris: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers, and the House of Mumm, Paris, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Champagne Tour from Paris: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers, and the House of Mumm

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Embark on a Champagne pilgrimage on a full-day trip from Paris! With an expert guide, head to the heart of the Champagne region and tour the glamorous Moet and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $243.71
Small-Group Day Tour of Epernay: Picturesque Moet et Chandon and Hautvillers with Champagne Tasting ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Day Tour of Epernay: Picturesque Moet et Chandon and Hautvillers with Champagne Tasting from Reims

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover the delicate flavors of the Champagne region at Moet et Chandon and Hautvillers on this 8-hour small-group day tour from Reims, France. Spin along the ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.82
G.H. Mumm Champagne House Cellar Tour, Reims, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

G.H. Mumm Champagne House Cellar Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Make the most of your time in Reims and discover one of the region’s finest Champagne houses on this 1-hour Mumm Champagne cellar tour. Located in the heart of ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.78
Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch from Reims, Reims, Wine Tasting & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch from Reims

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Spend a short day tour from Reims to explore the heart of Champagne around Epernay. Drive through Champagne Avenue, have a walk in the vines of a well-known ...  Read more

Location: Reims, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.44
Private Tour: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers and the House of Mumm Champagne Day Trip from Paris, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Private Tour: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers and the House of Mumm Champagne Day Trip from Paris

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Head to the home of Champagne on a full-day private tour from Paris that includes samples galore! With a knowledgeable guide, passionate about fine wines and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $280.56
Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch from Epernay, Reims, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch from Epernay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Meet your local and friendly guide from Moët&Chandon's entrance and spend a short day tour to explore the heart of Champagne around Epernay in a ...  Read more

Location: Épernay, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $166.44

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message