Champagne: FRANCE

Tour duration: 4 days
Tour Rate: $2,000
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 2 people in a travel party), and include breakfasts/dinners, hotel stays, wineries/vineyards/attraction entry fees, bikes, and brochure guide, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Champagne Organic Winery Tour and Biking Expedition is a naturalist advised self-guided tour, which takes travelers through historical situates and to eco vineyards and wineries in Champagne, France.

Champagne is located a mere 90 miles north of Paris. Since the 9th century, Champagne has been hailed as one of the greatest wine-making regions in France. Most notably, Champagne is known for its sparkling or fizz wines. While Champagne is celebrated for it sparkling wines not all sparkling wine is from Champagne. This depends on the region where the particular wine was produced.

Dom Pérignon played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the technique that produce the popular white wine, Champagne.

On the Champagne Organic Winery Tour, you will visit vineyards and learn more about the man (Dom Pérignon. French monk) and his techniques.

Although Champagne is known around the world, its region outside of the vineyards is relatively unexplored.  The Champagne Organic Winery Tour and Biking Excursion was designed to give travelers an opportunity to discover this region in its entirety.

As the tour’s name suggests, you will be visiting biodynamic and organic wine vineyards.

“Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.” – Biodynamic Association.

By bike, you will traverse steep and hilly landscapes. Champagne Organic Winery Tour covers the following locales, where you will sample Champagne’s three best known wine types:

  • Château-Thierry *Pinot Meunier
  • Dormans/Epernay/Marne valley *Pinot Noir
  • Reims Mountains *Chardonnay

*  wine type

The Champagne Organic Winery Tour winds downwards with detours to paths that go off the main routes. These areas offer naturally beautiful landscapes with views, including garden and historic fortresses.

Tour’s Program

You will arrive at your hotel in Château-Thierry. Collect your rental bikes, depending on your time of arrival, set out on a short bike tour.

  • SHORT ROUTE: Discover the historic city centre of Château-Thierry, its ancient buildings, its castle keep and its fortification walls.
  • Head out towards Brasles for a wine tasting at an organic winery and enjoy its delicious Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.
  • Proceed towards Condé-en-Brie for a visit of Château de Condé, a listed and privately owned castle serving as a permanent family residence. Its grand interior was decorated by renowned 17th and 18th century artists with paintings of important historical figures such as the Princes of Condé and Savoie, Jean de La Fontaine and Cardinal de Richelieu guiding you through parts of France's history. The castle's magnificent garden holds several surprises, hidden under tercentennial trees. On your way back to Château-Thierry, enjoy a refreshing glass of wine at our organic winery in Brasles.

    Distance: approx. 32 km (19 miles).

CHATEAU THIERRY *Pinot Meunier

  • Start out your day by visiting the market in Château-Thierry and explore the city. Afterwards, take the train to Nogent l’Artaud (approx. 9 min.), arriving at a biodynamic winery just in time for today's apéritif. Following the wine tasting, head on to Chézy sur Marne to enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Depending on the season, visit an organic saffron farm to admire its gorgeous flowers and colours (bloom: October).
  • Continue on towards the picturesque wine village Azy sur Marne and the Mont de Bonneil vineyard. The amphitheatre-shaped vineyard overlooking the Marne Valley is among three designated beacons of landscaping, viticulture, biodiversity and sustainable development representing the Champagne region in its endeavour to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet with one of the region's pioneers in organic wine-growing and savour his outstanding wines before returning to Château-Thierry for another relaxing night.

    Distance:approx. 35 km (21 miles).

DORMANS/EPERNAY/MARNE VALLEY *Pinot Noir

  • Following a short train ride to Dormans (approx. 15 min.) discover the southern part of the Marne Valley. Follow the scenic route from one charming French village to the next, taking in the beautiful landscape dominated by Pinot Noir vineyards. Take a break to visit the 1914-1918 WWI memorial in Dormans and the eco-museum in Oeuilly and don't miss Boursault Castle as you ride past it. Just outside Epernay take a left turn to visit one of the Marne Valley's few biodynamic wineries and taste their excellent Pinot Noir. From here it is only a few more kilometres before you reach Eperany where you will spend the last night of this trip.

    Distance: approx. 35 km (21 miles).

REIMS MOUNTAINS *Chardonnay

  • SHORT ROUTE: Hautvilliers: From Mareuil, just east of Epernay, head out for a ride towards the birthplace of champagne, the world famous wine village Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon spent the better part of his life as a monk and winegrower. Round off your trip with another organic wine tasting in Hautvilliers.

    Distance: approx. 25 km (16 miles).

  • LONG ROUTE: Reims – Epernay: After breakfast, take the regional train to Reims (approx. 20 min.) and start your last tour by exploring the beautiful city of Reims with its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Palais du Tau, Saint-Remi Abbey and the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. Afterwards, follow the “green trail” along the Canal de l'Aisne à la Marne towards Sillery. Continue on through the Reims Mountains passing Puisieulx, the mill and lighthouse of Verzenay and finally Verzy. If time allows, take a short detour to admire the Faux de Verzy – strangely twisted beech trees, born of a genetic aberration, whose peculiar shape has inspired many a legend. Before returning to Epernay, visit our winegrower Benoît in Bouzy to taste his delicious organic Chardonnay.

    Distance: approx. 35 km (21 miles)

Now that you have visited 4 organic wineries, 2 of which grow their grapes according to biodynamic criteria (Demeter / Biodyvin certified), depending on the time you scheduled to leave, you will have the opportunity to visit another organic winegrower.

The wines are available for purchase and can be shipped to your home address for your convenience.

INCLUDED

  • 5 nights stay at the accommodations
  • Complementary breakfasts
  • Complementary dinners
  • Complementary luggage transfer service (except during the train ride on day 3)
  • 4 wine tastings
  • Audio-guided tour at Château de Condé-en-Brie
  • "Naturalist Guide Pamphlet" for exploring the best local sites
NOT INCLUDED

  • Train/plane fare to/from Château-Thierry/Epernay,
  • Bike (rental)
  • Lunch
  • Beverages/drinks
  • Entrance fees where applicable. This include the saffron garden
Champagne, France is notable for its production of bubbly and costly wine, branded as champagne.

Regardless of it northern location, Champagne have a mild and consistent climatic condition. This is great with regards to producing the grapes. During summers, tourists flock to the region.

For wine tasting, you can visit Champagne anytime of the year (notably L’Avenue de Champagne in Épernay is most popular for sampling some bubbly). Champagne Organic Winery and Biking Tour takes travelers exploring Epernay and its surrounding areas.

Spring and summer in Champagne offer much opportunities for outdoor adventures such as bike tours and hiking.

Mid-autumn, the vineyards are at their busiest and harvest is at its peak. Spring can be good and is referred to as a period of “hit-or-miss. Mid to late summer, you can still see grapes in the verdant vineyards.

Winter tends to be gloomy outdoors, and the grape vines appear forlorn.

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  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
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  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
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