The Champagne Tourist Route in Marne provides enthusiasts of wines and landscapes with 330 km of waymarked trails through its exceptional vineyards. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the wine growers who will share their know-how and their love of the wines of champagne with you. This will also be the occasion to visit the internationally renowned champagne houses.
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The City of Coronation and champagne, Reims will display the heritage of its renowned history and immerse you in the prestigious world of the most famous and festive of wines. Reims will reveal itself to you with its major listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the refined atmosphere of its champagne houses, its city centre adorned with the elegance of its Art Déco façades and imbued with the relaxed atmosphere which exists in the streets and on the terraces of the cafés.
The subsoil of Epernay, the champagne capital, houses more than 200 million bottles of champagne ageing in 120 kilometres of cellars which are hundreds of years old. The heart of the vineyards beats in Epernay, with its 30, 000 hectares dedicated to producing champagne. The famous Avenue du Champagne bears witness to this with its internationally renowned champagne production houses and merchants. The picturesque village of Hautvillers, situated very nearby, is classified as a historical site and monument and the “Birthplace of Champagne”. It owes its reputation to Dom Pérignon, who invented champagne. The road from Epernay to Dormans which follows the bends of the River Marne will provide visitors with a very attractive view of the vineyards.
Situated on the borders of the plains of Champagne, the Argonne Region is resplendent in its natural green setting. This kingdom of trees situated between forests and lakes was also the site of many battles. In particular, history will remember Argonne as being the place where Louis XVI was arrested during his flight, where the Battle of Valmy was fought and where the confrontations of 1915 and 1945 occurred. Today the huge forests, the green plains and the picturesque villages make Argonne a preserved haven where nature is fundamental.
A treasure of nature, dotted with wine-producing villages, the Regional Nature Reserve preserves a very original geological, wildlife and plant heritage. Its 68 villages boast a variety of specific architectural features which bear witness to the history of the men who influenced the region.
History is revealed in this region of hillsides and vineyards, of forests and marshes, by travelling from place to place: castles, abbeys, churches and prime sites charged with emotion. The Brie Champagne Region is an area which attracted Blanche de Navarre, Henri IV, Victor Hugo, Marcel Proust, etc.
In the heart of the immense plain of Champagne stands Châlons-en- Champagne, the Little Venice of Marne. A trading city for more than ten centuries, enriched with a remarkable architectural heritage, Châlonsen- Champagne offers a relaxed way of life which instantly appeals to visitors due to its canals and parks. In the surrounding area, many sites recall the battles that occurred here at various times between 1870 and 1945.
The sea in the Champagne region! The Lac du Der is the biggest manmade lake in Europe and is an ideal place for all those who wish to combine sport with nature in an extraordinary setting. Timber-frame architecture is particularly present there, both on the façades of houses or museums and inside the religious buildings. The Lac du Der is also an internationally renowned ornithological site: 200 species of birds including the common crane occupy the lake and are observed by amateurs and enthusiasts both in the summer and the winter.