Best Champagne Houses in Reims for First-Timers :My Expert Picks

Discover the Top Champagne Houses in Reims for First-Time Visitors

You’re coming to Reims, in the heart of Champagne, to visit famous champagne houses, a dream for many and soon to be a vivid reality for you. I’m here to share my expert picks of the best champagne houses in Reims, tailor-made for those embarking on their first journey to this exquisite area. But why is Reims a must-visit for every champagne enthusiast? Which houses offer the most unforgettable experiences for a first-time visitor? And how do these selections reflect the diversity and richness of Champagne? Join me on this exploration to uncover the hidden jewels of Reims, through the eyes of a local aficionado eager to divulge the most closely guarded secrets of this iconic region.

Reims: The Gateway to Champagne

Welcome to Reims! This city is not just a destination; it’s an invitation to explore the rich tapestry of flavors, history, and culture that defines the Champagne region. Choosing Reims as your first step into the champagne world is an excellent decision. You’re here to gather ideas and information about this magnificent city and its best champagne houses to visit in Reims.

Tips for First-Time Visitors

Embarking on your champagne adventure in Reims is thrilling, yet it demands a bit of preparation to ensure a seamless experience. The golden rule? Book, book, book! From my extensive explorations and heartfelt recommendations on BnB Epernay Champagne, the importance of booking cannot be overstated.

The champagne houses in Reims are celebrated worldwide, drawing visitors to experience the heart of champagne culture. To avoid the disappointment of missing out, make booking your cellar visits and accommodation a top priority. This piece of advice is perhaps the most vital for those eager to explore the best champagne houses to visit in Reims.

Champagne Canard Duchêne close to Reims to visit the best champagne house

What Else to Do in Reims

But Reims is more than just its champagne houses. Whether planning a quick visit or a more extended stay, the city offers a plethora of activities that promise to enrich your journey. Venture beyond the cellars to explore picturesque villages, lush vineyards, and the architectural marvel of the Reims Cathedral, immersing yourself fully in the Champagne region.

Visit Reims in Champagne region one of the Best place to visit champagne houses

For those looking to make the most of their visit, I’ve put together guides that highlight the essential experiences in Reims:

Your exploration of Reims is an adventure into the heart of champagne’s legacy, guided by the stories, beauty, and flavors of this iconic region. As you discover the best champagne houses to visit in Reims, let the experience be a doorway to understanding the tradition, innovation, and passion that fuels the Champagne region.

Discovering Champagne Veuve Clicquot

Visit The Champagne House Veuve Clicquot - One of the most beautiful champagne house in Reims to visit

If I had to pick a favorite champagne house visit, it would be Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Nestled in the heart of Reims, this house embodies the spirit of the Champagne region. The story of the Widow Clicquot is not just inspiring; experiencing it in the authentic Crayères, where history meets the art of champagne making, is truly unforgettable. The tasting session, set in the atmospheric caves, offers a perfect introduction to champagne for first-time visitors. It’s a blend of history, beauty, and flavor that makes Veuve Clicquot a standout experience.

Champagne Canard-Duchêne

Visit champagne Canard Duchêne in Ludes close to Reims in Champagne Region one of the best champagne house to visit in Reims

A short journey from Reims takes you to Champagne Canard-Duchêne in Ludes, another gem perfect for newcomers. This house offers something truly special: the chance to saber a bottle of champagne among the vines. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery that shifts with the seasons, Canard-Duchêne is a place where the beauty of nature enhances the champagne experience. Offering both sabrage and a picturesque setting, it’s a visit that combines adventure with the allure of the vineyards, making it an essential stop for first-time visitors seeking the best champagne houses to visit in Reims.

Champagne Lanson

Champagne Lanson
One of the best champagne house to visit in Reims

Champagne Lanson stands out among the storied houses of Reims not just for its heritage but for a unique feature unmatched in the city’s heart: a clos. For those unfamiliar, a clos is essentially a walled vineyard, and Lanson’s includes an hectare of Chardonnay vines thriving amidst urban surroundings. Discovering this oasis in the middle of Reims was a delightful surprise! The visit to Lanson is a blend of history and innovation, offering a journey through time with its fascinating story and beautiful visitor path. The presence of the clos in such an unexpected setting adds a special touch to the experience, making Lanson a must-visit for those exploring the best champagne houses to visit in Reims.

  • Price: Starting from 26 € for an adult ticket
  • Tour Duration: Approximately 1h
  • More Info: 66 Rue de Courlancy, 51100 Reims
  • Getting there: The nearest tram stop “Courlancy” is just 450 meters away. Perfect for a Reims champagne tour.

Champagne Ruinart

Champagne Ruinart offers one of the most stunning cellar tours in Reims, thanks in part to its ancient Gallo-Roman crayères. As the oldest established champagne house in Reims, Ruinart’s visit is nothing short of spectacular, taking guests on a journey through time in the heart of the city. The crayères themselves are an architectural marvel, providing a dramatic backdrop to the rich history and exquisite champagnes of Ruinart. For anyone looking to delve deep into the heritage of champagne in Reims, a visit to Ruinart is an unforgettable experience that beautifully combines historical depth with the art of champagne making.


Discovering the best champagne houses to visit in Reims has been a journey through the heart of champagne culture, from storied cellars to breathtaking vineyards. Each house we explored offers a unique taste of the region’s rich history and the exquisite craft of champagne making.

I hope this guide has inspired you to visit one (or more!) of these exceptional destinations in Reims. Whether you’re drawn to the historic allure of Champagne Veuve Clicquot and Champagne Ruinart or the unique experiences offered by Champagne Canard-Duchêne and Champagne Lanson, there’s a story waiting to be discovered and savored.

For further planning and inspiration, consider exploring our guides for a champagne tour from Paris or understanding the costs of a weekend in the Champagne region. These resources are crafted to help you make the most of your visit to Reims and the surrounding Champagne area.

May your adventures in Reims deepen your appreciation for champagne and leave you with memories that sparkle as brightly as the drink itself. Cheers to your champagne discoveries in the beautiful city of Reims!

Where to sleep in Reims or Epernay ?

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Check out my cozy apartments in the city’s heart of Epernay for a home-like experience. For more options, explore Champagne region’s diverse accommodations. Book soon to secure your ideal stay!

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