City Guide: Paris

By Kiri Tannenbaum

Epernay’s Champagne Houses

A worthy day trip for oenophiles who wish to visit the Champagne caves in their eponymous home.

The capital of the Champagne region for which the country’s most famous sparkling wine is named is Reims. However Epernay, slightly south of Reims, often competes to win that title. Only 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from Paris Gare de l’Est station, though slightly touristy it is a worthy day trip to visit the Champagne caves in their eponymous home.

What to Expect:

Once there, it’s easy to get around on foot. Walk along Avenue de Champagne and you will find the magnificent houses of Perrier Jouët and Möet & Chandon where you can book a private “Grand Vintage” visit for 76 euros per adult. The vineyards are not part of most tours as it’s what’s underground that’s the excitement. You’ll have a deep descend (roughly 10 storey) in an elevator that lands you among the miles of caves filled with endless rows of bottles. Finish up with tastings and purchase a bottle to stash in your luggage (you’ll want to be reminded of your journey to the home of the prized bubbly of France, right?).

Bitesee Tip: If traveling by car, take a side trip to Reims to visit the stunning medieval cathedral—one of the most breathtaking in France—and the much-heralded Champagne house, Veuve Clicquot. For more info email:

Must try:
A Tour of Möet & Chandon
Epicurean Excursion / Champagne Caves
Reservations: Call ahead to the higher-end houses
Hours: Most cellars close at 5:30 p.m., plan your trip accordingly
Location: Epernay
Address: 20 Avenue de Champagne
  • Train to Epernay from Paris Gare de l’Est
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