Tourism in Epernay
Located at the heart of the Champagne wine region in the Marne Valley, Epernay is the capital of champagne. The perfect starting point for different tourist routes and home to various institutions revolving around champagne (such as the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne and the Syndicat Général des Vignerons), this country town is the economic heart of the Champagne region.
Just a few minutes on foot from the hotel, discover the Avenue de Champagne, the “most prestigious street” in Epernay, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot! Lined with grand houses, the Avenue de Champagne is home to several big champagne houses, including Moët & Chandon, Mercier, Perrier-Jouet, Boizel, Comtesse Lafond, De Venoge, Vranken, De Castellane, Pol Roger, and Esterlin.
Listed as a “Site Remarquable du goût” (Remarkable Site of Taste), Epernay’s answer to the Champs-Elysées is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars. Each year, more than 400,000 visitors from the four corners of the globe head down the famous Avenue de Champagne, with 110 km of cellars and 200 million bottles preciously kept.
The AC brand was created in 2011 to increase awareness of the Avenue de Champagne and make it well known throughout the world. The first champagne house was set up in Epernay in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Moët & Chandon came in 1743, then many more followed suit.
Find out more about the history of the great champagne houses of Epernay aboard the little tourist train. During the unique 45 minute tour, sights include the Avenue de Champagne, the town centre, and the gorgeous private townhouses.
For more information, contact the Office de Tourisme d’Epernay.