Comfort Suites Epernay-Champagne
2 rue Francois Bonal
Phone: (33) 3 26553610
Fax: (33) 3 26553609
Founded in the year 1847, the Champagne Mercier is a must-visit for all the wine lovers. A guided tour through the winery will give you detailed information of the delicate process of champagne making. The cellar and the tasting room is worth a visit for its sheer magnificence and inspiring beauty, apart from the ambrosia it houses. To know more about specific calendar events, check the website.
The House of Deutz was founded in 1838, and has long since then been an inspiration in the world of champagnes. Deutz maintains the most rigorous standards in the industry, and produces a remarkable collection of cuvées. Visiting this vineyard is a feast for all the senses, and not to be missed if you are in the Champagne region. Also, we recommend that you taste the Cuvée Blanc de Blanc Millésimé, a true treat in their collection.
The Bollinger winery sprawls over 160 hectares of the central Champagne region. A visit to this place will not disappoint; tastings in the elegant main house overlooking the lush vineyards are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Bollinger champagnes have a base of pinot noir, with small amounts of chardonnay and other grapes that lend it a refined, complex flavor.
The Romanesque body of L'église St. Nicolas was constructed in the 11th or 12th century as the abbey-church of a Benedictine monastery. Subsequent additions are sculpted in flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture. Visitors to the church can inspect and appreciate the sculpted ceiling and pillars, the original altar from the 11th century, the gargoyles outside, and the lovely stained-glass windows representing bible scenes.
In the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne Launois offers visitors a chance to delve into the rich history of viticulture and champagne. Le Musée de la Vigne et du Vin presents in its two hour guided visit a collection of antique tools of the trade as well as the opportunity to taste three different champagnes at the end of the tour. Don't miss this chance to see first hand the culture of champagne.
The oldest surviving portion of this church dates from the 12th Century, including the vaulted Gothic church body. Much of the structure was added in the 19th Century and also built in the Gothic style, and the 14th-century statue of the Virgin and Child is certainly noteworthy.
Built atop the remains of a medieval castle, the stately mansion of Château de Montmort is a grand sight to behold with its early Renaissance architecture, imposing towers and beautifully maintained park and gardens. The castle stone platform is believes to date back to the 11th Century, while the château itself was built in 1577. Today, it is a protected historical monument of France and can be visited by tourists between the months of July and August.
Maison Godmé Père et Fils is a small, but very promising champagne producer. They bottle three Grands Crus and two Premiers Crus. Tours of the vineyards, caves, and production facilities are available as well as the opportunity to enjoy an excellent meal surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Godmé estate.
A bustling square in the heart of Reims, Place René Clair is exactly how one would imagine with its retained old world charm and happy backpacker crowd. Rows of hotels, brasseries, patisseries and little business establishments line the borders, The nearby Maison de quartier Val de Murigny, draws in the theater going crowds. French postal services (La Poste) is also situated on this square.
Mémorial des Batailles de la Marne is a monument created in memory of the French soldiers killed during the blood-soaked battle of Marne. Built over 10 years between 1921 and 1931, the site was chosen by Marshal Fosch amidst lush grounds and fruit orchards, which make for a soothing yet pensive walk. The 52 meter high tower along with the chapel, a 304 kilo bell among several others, a crypt and beautifully stained glass windows recreate haunting memories of those brave men who lost their lives for France. A visit here is well recommended for a walk down history as well as spectacular views of the city of Dorman from the belltower.
This beautiful stretch of forest, paths, flowers and fields was created in 1907 by Edouard Redont, commissioned by le Marquis Melchior de Polignac. Facilities and a school for athletics were created and managed with great success, and athletic competitions take place here to this day. The Parc serves as a venue for spring, summer, and autumn events such as art exhibits and concerts. Entrance fee is 2 euros for adults, 1 euro for children 6-18 years old. Timings vary every month, depending on events in the park. The park is open all year, but the timings for a few days may be different, please check the website for a complete schedule.
One mile from the world renown Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims sits the Saint Remi Basilica. The Basilica was predominately constructed during the 11th century in honor of Saint Remi, the patron saint of Reims, with additions being added from the 11th to 15th centuries. The basilica was heavily damaged during the First World War and had to be completely rebuilt over the following 40 years. Today, the basilica serves as a premier example of Romanesque Architecture as well as a burial ground for important French rulers, such as Carloman (Charlemagne's brother) and Louis IV.