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Aussiefolk Mar 5th, 2017 12:02 AM

Champagne cave visit on a budget
 
Hello Fodors Friends. Can anyone recommend a budget priced champagne cave destination? We have a Eurail Global train pass so can get to most places. (I'm sure I recently read of a family run champage cave place that would suit us perfectly, but didn't make a note of it).

bilboburgler Mar 5th, 2017 02:41 AM

budget means Euros?

bilboburgler Mar 5th, 2017 02:44 AM

http://en.ot-epernay.com/champagne-and-wine if you go out into the country you have to pay for the transport but you could hire bikes from Epernay tourist office and go to a smaller producer

Dogeared Mar 5th, 2017 08:05 AM

Well what research have you actually done?

You do realize that the city of Reims is the heart of the Champagne industry and that you can visit caves right in the city, there is no need to go out to the fields where the grapes are grown.

As for budget priced, what does that mean? It's meaningless unless you define an actual number.

Try doing some reading here:
http://www.reims-tourism.com/Discove...ampagne-Houses

Aussiefolk Mar 7th, 2017 11:15 AM

Thanks so much for your advice. Met a very helpful lady today in Bordeaux who has told us of a friend who can help us. Yay!!!

PalenQ Mar 7th, 2017 12:17 PM

We have a Eurail Global train pass so can get to most places.>

not places in the country but yes Reims or Epernay where the Champagne Houses are not small family-run places but owned by big companies and these tours are great - fancy wine houses and neat tours thru the caves where the bubbly is stored - some caves have works of art in them.

You may need a seat reservation to get to Reims or Epernay with your pass so keep that in mind. For lots on French trains check www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

Epernay is much smaller than Reims and Reims has much more than Champagne tours - great cathedral where monarchs of France were traditionally crowned and the WW2 War Room right behind the main train station where the Allies plotted the final assault on Germany - wall maps still there as are name placards on desks.

Plus Reims is a bustling market town with a Les Halles type iron market shed too.

I'd say Reims would be your best bet.


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