|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £635 to £797 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 wineries + 1 tasting session|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10 wines|
|Tour Transport:||Pre-booked and pre-paid taxi transfers as specified in the itinerary.|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year except in July and August.|
Our create your own Champagne package is a great opportunity to witness how Champagne is made and participate in a truly hands on activity with the winemaker of a small family-run Champagne House. Make some amazing memories and bring your very own Champagne back home!
Drive from the UK to Reims, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time and we have included Eurotunnel crossings as part of this package. Upon arrival in Reims, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel de la Paix, located in the heart of the city centre just off the main square. The hotel has its own secure underground car park and we will reserve a space for you. Parking can be paid for directly at check out. After checking in at the hotel, you will be welcomed at a tasting bar owned by a local Champagne House in the city centre. Here, enjoy a fun and insightful introduction to Champagne, with three tastings served alongside a cheese platter. The remainder of evening will be free for you to do as you please.
After breakfast on day two, you will be collected by a pre-booked, pre-paid taxi, which will take you the short distance out into the Champagne vineyards. Here you will be welcomed as the guests of a boutique Premier Cru Champagne maker where a unique opportunity awaits you! The Champagne maker himself will escort you around his vineyards, explaining the work he does and the history of his vines. After this, you will tour his cellars and production site, where he will explain the full Champagne-making process, from vine to bottle, which means that you will gain a full and excellent understanding of the practice. Following the extensive tour, you will then have the opportunity to participate in a blending lesson with the wine maker. During the lesson you will have the chance to taste a selection of still base wines (Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir/Meunier); these base wines will have been vinified in either stainless steel vats or wooden barrels and you will taste examples of both, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the different methods of vinification and its effects on the end product. You are then able to create and bottle your very own perfect Champagne, mixing your own personal blend, tailored to your specific tastes.
Of course, no visit would be complete without a tasting of the Champagne House’s own Champagnes, so having created your own, you will be welcomed to taste the Champagnes produced at the estate by the wine maker. After you leave the estate, the wine maker will age your unique Champagne in his cellars for a minimum of fifteen months. At each stage of the wonderful transformation from still wine to Champagne, he will send you photographs and any news relating to your bottle. Once ready, the Champagne maker will create a personalised label for your bottle with your names on and two to three years following your initial visit, you can either return to the region to collect your creation, or he will arrange for the Champagne to be sent to you in the UK.
You will be taken back to Reims after the activity, and you will have some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to visit your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims for a tour and tastings. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, GH Mumm, Pommery, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot.
Please note that some of these Houses (particularly Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart) are very popular and offer very few tours, therefore early booking is essential. You will be taken back to your hotel by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi at the end of the tour. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a cosy restaurant located ten minutes’ walk from the main square. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone. Before leaving the region, you may wish to take the time to explore Reims, the city of Kings and the gateway to Champagne. Reims is home to no less than three UNESCO world heritage sites including one of the finest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe where 25 Kings of France were crowned. 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 at your hotel as well as a stop-over on your way home and even a visit to another part of France.
Day One of your Create Your Own Champagne tour
Day Two of your Create Your Own Champagne tour
Final Day of your Create Your Own Champagne tour
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
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
BRING FRIENDS AND SPEND LESS!
A discount of £150 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together and sharing a car.
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.
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 your Champagne wine tour.
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To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Extremely enjoyable, educational and have come away with a much deeper appreciation for the art that is Champagne.
Jared - London, UK
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