Are you looking for great tips to discover Epernay and the Champagne region? You’ll love reading my blog posts with reviews and tips, especially my favourites for the best visits, tours, and tastings, including the Champagne House Vollereaux!
During a stay in our beautiful region, the must-do activity is to visit a Champagne House in Epernay. I share with you my reviews, opinions, impressions and the essentials after each discovery of a new wine cellar of Champagne.
Here is a Champagne House, which is one of my favourites, to visit and tour in order to discover a glass of exceptional champagne and an ancestral working method.
We take the road from Epernay to Pierry to reach the Champagne House, Vollereaux, 5 minutes from our apartments in the heart of Epernay.
The Champagne House Vollereaux
The history of the Vollereaux family business began in 1805 when the first generation decided to start a wine-growing business in the heart of the Champagne region, France. More than 200 years later, the know-how, passion and love of the land are still transmitted between the members of the Vollereaux family.
They produce like a great Champagne House in quantity while keeping the family spirit and the contribution of each member remains an important pillar.
For me, the Vollereaux Champagne House is a perfect balance in-between the big Houses and the local wine-maker.
With the size of the house and buildings, one has the impression of visiting one of the Houses of the Avenue de Champagne, Epernay. But as soon as you discover the history and the work done at Vollereaux, you feel like you are visiting an independent winegrower who help you discover the world of champagne in a different way.
I liked the Vollereaux cellar visit and tour so much because we had the opportunity to see the workers in action and the machines in operation, something you have to see with your own eyes.
What was different compared to traditional tours was that we got to enjoy the whole production, which was excellent! We even got to see how the champagne bottles at Vollereaux House are dressed, using complex machinery that we are not used to seeing.
After a passage through the vat room and discovering the production part, we could discover the superb wine cellars. You can also see old wine presses on display, which I thought was great to get an idea of the equipment used by the house at the time.
For those in the know, this visit brought us back to our memories of discovering the cellars of the Maison De Castellane, except that here we could also see the production in action.
Special mention for our guide, Aurore, who was very friendly and gave us great information during the visit.
In addition to learning the basics about champagne and the production process, we also learned about the history of the Vollereaux House. Much more than a Champagne institution, it is the story of a family and house that has kept history alive for over 200 years.
At Vollereaux, the family dimension takes precedence over everything else, and they do everything to preserve this precious heritage. For example, the 40 hectares of vineyards are owned by family members, and this is not about to change.
The tasting was great, but for me, there is one cuvée that is a must-taste, the Rosé de Saignée Brut! I had a big crush on this champagne which I found exceptional in every way.
Even if I am not usually a fan of rosé champagnes, this one is clearly worth the pursuits, and you can tell me what you thought of it in the comments and reviews!
Visits to the Vollereaux Cellars
- The discovery moment: guided tour of the cellars followed by a tasting of 3 champagnes
- Gourmet moment: discovery of the cellars with your guide before a tasting of 3 champagnes and biscuits from the Maison Fossier
- Chocolate moment: guided immersion in the cellars with a tasting of 3 champagnes in association with three chocolates from the Thibaut chocolate factory
But that’s not all! The Vollereaux House also offers wine-tourism activities for gourmets and the curious.
Gourmets will be delighted to try the Champagne and Cheese pairing experience for a sparkling and creamy tasting at the end of the cellar visit.
And for a little more escapism, I advise you to opt for the Picnic in the heart of the vineyards. It is the ideal opportunity to taste local products associated with the vintages of the Vollereaux House, all in an idyllic setting.
Finally, to discover the work in the vineyards, the experience of becoming a grape picker for a day is a must. Discover the estate, pick your own grapes with the other grape pickers, visit and tour the cellars and press during this unique day trip.
Tour Info: this activity is, of course, only available during the harvest period in September
- Address: 48 Rue Léon Bourgeois, 51530, Champagne, France
- Tel: + 33 3.26.54.03.05
- Opening hours: open from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Friday / open from 10.30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 5.30 pm on Saturday
Info: The Vollereaux guided tours are available in French or English. On request, it is possible to make a reservation for a group or an individual visit. Please note that the Vollereaux Champagne House is closed on Sundays.
Of all the cellar visits I’ve been on, the one at Vollereaux is really superb, and I recommend you go with an open mind!
Even if it is in Pierry, we liked it so much that we also mention it in our top of the most beautiful cellars of Epernay, to discover during your stay.
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See you soon for a sparkling meeting!
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