Champagne - famous for its sublime sparkling wine, verdant vineyards, and charming churches and villages. It’s a region of breathtaking beauty, and a bicycle tour through its UNESCO World Heritage vineyards is a delight for every sense.
The region of Champagne, lying in the north-west of France, is split into five viticultural districts: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims (a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its cathedral, used for coronations), and Vallée de la Marne.
Champagne gained its wonderful reputation as a wine making region during the Middle Ages with its principal grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, and its proximity to Paris ensured the success of the region’s wine trade. The landscape of the region consists of vibrant vineyards on chalky hills, where sparkling wines like champagne began to be produced in the 17th Century. The ripening of the grapes is helped along by the presence of forests and often cool temperatures, which help to improve the acidity of the grapes, essential to the unique taste of champagne.
A guided bike tour of Champagne is an unrivaled way to explore the natural beauty and incredible history of this region, from the UNESCO vineyards to Hautvillers, the Avenue de Champagne to Dom Pérignon Church. On a wine tasting bike tour, you can cycle, sip, and snack your way to a full appreciation of the sights and tastes of this incredible area!