Day 2: Champagne Region including Moet Et Chandon
After breakfast, we visit the historical and magical House of Pommery. Located in the heart of Reims, the Pommery Domain is at the foot of the grapevines. Being the only domain of its kind in the Champagne region, Pommery has been welcoming visitors from around the world for over 150 years. With over 60,000 visitors a year descending the magnificent 116-step stairway and travelling through the cellar’s 18kms of labyrinths to discover the secrets of the Art of Champagne-making, this will be an experience not to be forgotten.
Later we visit the House of Piper Heidsieck. This fun and hi-tech place is a medium-sized champagne house, owned by Rémy Martin. It produces about 5 million bottles a year. Their premium brand is Florens Louis, and they produce a fully dry premium champagne called Brut Sauvage. Finally today we take a beautiful drive through the vineyards and arrive in Epernay where we will visit the Moet et Chandon cellars – the largest champagne house in France, founded in 1743 by Claude Moët. Moët et Chandon is part of the huge Moët-Hennessy group, which also has holdings in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. They produce over 18 million bottles of wine a year and own over 2,000 acres throughout the Champagne region. Fruit from these vineyards also helps supply the smaller champagne houses of Mercier and Ruinart, which are also owned by Moët-Hennessy. Moët et Chandon produces large volumes of non-vintage wine under the White Star and Brut Imperial designations. It is however best known for its premium brand Dom Perignon, named after the famous monk credited for enhancing the methode champenoise process. (BB)