Top 5 spots to enjoy a sunset in Champagne
To enjoy a sunset on the gentle slopes of the Champagne region, we have a selection of charming towns and villages that are a must-see. The ancient region of Champagne comprises four departments: Ardennes, Aube, Marne and Haute-Marne. The House invites you to explore the countryside around the Regional park of the Montagne de Reims. Your visit will be enhanced by sumptuous scenery, historic landscapes and memorable views. Follow the guide!
#5 Excursions from Épernay
The charming town of Épernay is about fifteen kilometers south-west of Ludes and about thirty kilometers from Reims. Every year, approximately 450,000 visitors visit the capital of the champagne and its 20,000 hectares of vineyards. There are many beautiful squares and monuments to visit in Épernay, including the Avenue de Champagne, the richest avenue in the world with 110 kilometers of cellars and millions of bottles, as well as nineteenth-century buildings.
A bike ride along the Marne Canal in the heart of the Champagne vineyards provides a more natural interlude. Allow yourself to be warmed by a beautiful sunset in a green setting, or climb into the tethered balloon for a 25-kilometers panoramic view.
#4 Stroll through Hautvillers
This charming village located north of Épernay welcomes you with numerous workshops centered on champagne and nature, such as a gourmet visit, a champagne aperitif, an apiary discovery, a treasure hunt… Hautvillers, known as the “Cradle of Champagne,” welcomes both young and old visitors to its rich natural heritage in the heart of Champagne.
Get lost in the village’s pedestrian streets, which are located on a hill. Discover the old-world charm of its stone buildings, authentic signs, and winding streets. Some of them can even provide a glimpse of the Champagne valley’s spellbinding union of vine and forest. The Marne River, just below, provides a unique opportunity to explore the Champagne landscape by boat.
Several walking paths alternate between ascents and descents, taking you right into the heart of the vineyards! The mission of seducing visitors is more than accomplished when the beauty of this exceptional setting is dressed in the magnificent rays of a sunset.
#3 Sparkling Reims
Reims is a city rich in culture and heritage.
Take advantage of its urban activities to play the roles of perfumer, chocolate maker, cooper… Find wine tourism and Reims-style experiences galore in the streets! Monuments and museums, parks and gardens, guided or unguided tours… Choose your programme.
After tasting the pink Reims biscuits, don’t leave without seeing the magnificent Reims Cathedral! It is well-known as the former coronation site of French kings such as Charles VII.
Allow your nose to lead you to a restaurant that will satisfy your palate! Restaurant owners in Reims will undoubtedly know how to pamper you!
#2 The spectacular scythes of Verzy
More than 800 scythes live in the forest adjacent to the village of Verzy, about fifteen kilometers from Reims. These numerous beeches, with their distinct and tortuous shapes, greet you in a mystical setting for a guaranteed plant immersion. These trees, labeled “Exceptional Forest,” have a lifespan of several hundred years and are a sight to behold. They add to the allure of the Regional park of the Montagne de Reims.
The natural setting is enchanting for your tourist stay in the Champagne region. There are many marked paths and botanical trails that invite you to go for a walk and have an adventure. Consider the vibrant colors of a sunset between light and shadow under this incredible foliage.
#1 The charm of Ludes
The picturesque flowery village of Ludes in the Marne region is a stronghold of Pinot Noir. It is situated on a hillside, with the mountain and forest to the south and vineyards and farmland on either side.
It is a Premier Cru village in the Montagne de Reims. Only 42 of the 320 villages in the Champagne region have this designation.
The Ludéen region is steeped in Champagne history, and it was here that cooper Victor Canard and winegrower’s daughter Léonie Duchêne fell in love. The Canard-Duchêne House, on the former site of the Château de Ludes, includes a large residence as well as a park with century-old trees. The incorporation of Ludes into the landscape in 2013 even preceded the Champagne region’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016, demonstrating Canard Duchêne’s dedication to its heritage.
The Canard-Duchêne estate lies in the heart of the vineyards and nature of Reims, idyllic for admiring the last rays of sunshine of the day.
To visit it, please go here; our doors are open all year and various activities will allow you to enjoy it in a variety of ways (brunch, yoga, tasting, cellar visits…).
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