Champagne Harvest break

Unique Champagne Harvest Tour

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At a glance

Region:Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration:3 Days
Guide Price:Guide price £599 per person
Number of Meals:1 hotel breakfast + 1 Harvest breakfast + 1 lunch
Number of Winery Visits:2 Champagne Houses
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 9
Tour Transport:Pre-booked transfers within Reims and the Harvest location
Dates / Availability:Available for travel between 3rd and 16th September 2020

Trip Summary

Important information: Please note that the definitive dates of the Champagne harvest is entirely dependent on the weather. Harvest in Champagne usually takes place in September, and the provisional dates are determined in June. However, in the case of extreme weather, the harvest dates can change (sometimes with just a few days’ notice). If this is the case, the Champagne House will propose some alternative hands-on activities which will be equally enjoyable. Based on the past few years, we recommend travelling earlier rather than later.

This package gives you the exclusive opportunity to experience the real life of a wine-maker and take part in the fascinating harvest. Discover the secrets of the wine-making process and bring unforgettable memories back home.

After settling in at the 4* Hotel de la Paix in the town of Reims, a pre-booked and pre-paid transfer will take you to the impressive Champagne Taittinger which is located on the outskirts of the city. Here, your guide will accompany you around the estate and through the extensive cellars. Your visit will conclude with two tastings of Champagne Taittinger including a glass of their Comte de Champagne. You will then be taken back to your hotel where the evening will be free for you to do as you please.

Harvest Tours

In the morning, you will be met at the hotel by a pre-booked driver, who will take you to a boutique Champagne House where you will spend a unique and exciting day as a Champagne harvester. Your day will start with a traditional harvest breakfast accompanied by a glass of Champagne to help get you ready for working in the vineyards!

You will then head into the vines, where you will try your hand at picking the grapes with the harvesting team. This once-in-a-lifetime activity will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of the Champenoise people and will last for around an hour. Following your time in the vines, you will have a private tour of the winery to help you understand the process from vine to bottle. You will then enjoy a typical harvest lunch accompanied by a selection of the estate’s Champagnes in a private area.

Champagne Harvest tours
Champagne harvestg tours

After lunch you will be given the opportunity to see the old-style press working within the winery museum to fully appreciate how the harvest would have been in years gone by. You will then have a guided tasting of three further Champagnes to help cement your new-found knowledge of the harvest process and its very special end product.  At the end of such an enlightening day, your driver will arrive in time to take you back to your hotel.

Champagne harvest tours
Champagne harvest tours- credits Carmen Moya

Region Map

Champagne harvest tours- Credits- Veuve Clicquot
Champagne harvest tours

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Reims, check into a Privilege room at the 4* Hotel de la Paix in the town centre.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a tour and two tastings at Champagne Taittinger.
  • The evening is at leisure and we would be pleased to recommend a restaurant for dinner that evening.

Day Two

  • In the morning, you will be met at your hotel by a pre-booked driver, who will take you to a boutique Champagne House.
  • Your day will start with a traditional harvest breakfast followed by a walk to the vineyard to harvest the grapes by hand like a true Champagne grower.
  • You will then enjoy a full tour of the winery to help understand the Champagne making process.
  • An authentic harvest lunch with Champagne will then be served in a private area of the winery
  • You will then have the opportunity to see the old-style press in action before enjoying a very special tasting
  • You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.
  • We would be delighted to reserve you a table for dinner if required.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.
Champagne harvest tours
Champagne harvest tours- credits Vine Escape

Accommodation

The hotel was excellent, clean, bright, modern and well-equipped. The location was perfect and even though it is a chain hotel, we felt it was very welcoming and not too corporate.

Charlotte- London, UK

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.

 

Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Hôtel de la Paix - ReimsPrivilege room4*3 Days£599Book Now
Harvest Tours
Harvest Tours ©J.K.Graeber__Moussy

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Enhance your Experience

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass or than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
Harvest Tours- Avenue de Champagne_©C. Manquillet

Further Information

Travel to your Champagne trip

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to our Champagne trips.

Essential Tours

For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To book our Champagne trips, a deposit of 20% is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the brilliant trip to Champagne."

Rebecca- London, UK

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