The Champagne AOC, is a region in northeast France. At 150 just over 90miles east of Paris, it is the U.K.’s closest premium wine region.
The region is split into 3 departments designated as areas where Champagne grapes can be grown. Marne has 67% of the plantings, Aube 23% and Aisne 9%.
Four main areas within these deparments account for the majority of grapes: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs and Côte des Bar. These account for 281,000 individual vineyard plots.
Reims is a 13th Century cathedral town that witnessed the coronation of the majority of French kings. Reims is famous for gothic architecture and ornate sculptures. Make sure you look out for the gothic angel. Picturesque side trips can be enjoyed outside Reims. To the west are the valleys of the Andre and the Vesle which are renowed for rustic villages and impressive Romanesque and Gothic churches. To the south, one can meander through the vineyards of the on the slopes of the Montage de Reims. Leaving through Gueux through Villedommange you reach Verzenay and Verzy.
Epernay is a town entirely surrounded by vines. The Avenue de Champagme provides a glorious walking route where you will be entertained by magnificent mansion facades and opulent middle class homes. These are occupied by Famous champagne houses that include Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger and Perrier-Joët. Here it becomes clear to you why Epernay holds the titles of the “Capital of Champagne”. Nearby Epernay you can find the rich and fashionably market towns of Bouzy and Ambonnay. Other noteworthy nearby villages can be found in the Côte des Blancs. These combine a rural charm with an elegant church. Of note are the villages of Cuis, Cramant and Avize.