Champagne wine route: top 10 guide    In the first of a new series on wine routes in Europe, we explore the Champagne region, skipping the famous vineyards in favour of small cellars, staying at winemakers' B and dining at rural bistrots, tasting excellent champagnes at every stop

Champagne wine route: top 10 guide In the first of a new series on wine routes in Europe, we explore the Champagne region, skipping the famous vineyards in favour of small cellars, staying at winemakers' B and dining at rural bistrots, tasting excellent champagnes at every stop

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Less than a two-hour drive from Paris lies the near-mythical French region of Champagne, a bucket-list destination for wine lovers.

Less than a two-hour drive from Paris lies the near-mythical French region of Champagne, a bucket-list destination for wine lovers.

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In amongst the chalky earth underneath the House of Moët and Chandon lie 28km of of cellars, over three levels.  They are the largest in the Champagne region of France.

In amongst the chalky earth underneath the House of Moët and Chandon lie 28km of of cellars, over three levels. They are the largest in the Champagne region of France.

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Tips for a day trip to Champagne from Paris, with emphasis on Champagne tasting and sightseeing in Épernay and Reims, France.

Tips for a day trip to Champagne from Paris, with emphasis on Champagne tasting and sightseeing in Épernay and Reims, France.

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As its name suggests, Champagne-Ardenne is the birthplace of bubbly and one of the most beautiful regions in France. The area is covered with idyllic valleys and vineyards, of course, but also ancient castles, chateaus, and abbeys. Make sure to visit the capital city Troyes for splendid churches from the Middle Ages, and Reims for underground wine cellars and the masterpiece Cathédrale Notre-Dame.

As its name suggests, Champagne-Ardenne is the birthplace of bubbly and one of the most beautiful regions in France. The area is covered with idyllic valleys and vineyards, of course, but also ancient castles, chateaus, and abbeys. Make sure to visit the capital city Troyes for splendid churches from the Middle Ages, and Reims for underground wine cellars and the masterpiece Cathédrale Notre-Dame.

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A Taste of Reims - how to have a taste of Reims, France without breaking the bank

A Taste of Reims - how to have a taste of Reims, France without breaking the bank

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