The Best Champagne Houses To Visit in Champagne (Reims, France)

I love a glass of wine as much as anyone else, but Champagne… I’ve had the privilege to visit many different Champagne Maisons over the years where I’ve had such great experiences I have truly fallen in LOVE with the region! What’s not to love beautiful scenery, amazing people and delicious wines.

I came to the realization that although I have made several blog posts on my favorite Maisons, I hadn’t yet shared my favorite champagne houses. Continue reading to see the Best Champagne Houses to visit in Champagne and Reims!

Maison Billecart

The Maison Billecart is a Maison House that has thrived across 7 generations, proving to be a majestic experience. Read more about this spectacular family-owned Champagne Maison and my visit and tasting with Winemaker Florent and their CEO 7th Generation Mathieu Billecart on the blog here.

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon

Chief Winemaker Florent Nys beginning our Billecart Maison tour

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon

Watch my Interview & Tasting with Billecart-Salmon Winemaker & CEO during my 2018 Champagne Travels. What a special experience that I’ll always treasure!

Billecart-Salmon

Watch my interview (above) with Billecart-Salmon CEO Mathieu Billecart during a recent visit to San Francisco hosting a Billecart-Salmon media wine tasting.

Maison DeVenoge: The Bar & The Sop l’Ecurie

Another brand that is open to the public with a beautiful tasting Salon I recommend is Maison DeVenoge. They’re located in downtown Champagne and have a fun bar that has a tasting lounge you can visit and also a hotel that’s lovely if you want a small boutique hotel experience. More on their website here.

Champagne Devonage

Champagne Devonage

The lovely lounge where my tasting was held with DeVenoge Brand President.

Champagne Devonage

Me and Venoge President, Gilles de la Bassetière.

Champagne Devonage

Champagne Devonage

Champagne Devonage

The line up of fabulous Champagne Wines we tasted during the visit! Also I love the beautiful bottle shape of the Venoge Champagne.

Champagne Devonage

Champagne Devonage

Maison Dom Perignon

My visit to Maison Dom Perignon was my first official Maison visit during my first of two (hopefully many more) trips to Champagne and it was spectacular.  As much as I want to suggest that you visit Maison Dom Perignon, it isn’t open to the public. However, you can see a behind the scenes visit of my tasting on the blog here and feel as if you’ve visited yourself.

Maison Dom Perignon

Me and Dom Perignon Eunologist Nicholas Lane

Maison Dom Perignon

The spectacular line up of Dom Perignon Wines we tasted during my visit!

Maison Dom Perignon

An absolutely lovely visit, I can’t wait to come back again!

Maison Krug

One of the most prestigious and well-known luxury Champagne brands Krug is another Maison I recommend visiting (if you’re able to secure an invitation). It’s also not open to the public however, they do host large collectors and media. I had the privilege of visiting Maison Krug so take a peek at my visit and see behind the doors of this historic Maison Krug. More about Maison Krug on the blog here.

Maison Krug Reims

Maison Krug Reims

All smiles arriving to Maison Krug for my tasting!

Maison Krug Reims

Maison Krug Reims

Such a bright and beautiful tasting room!

Maison Krug Reims

Maison Krug Reims

Hard at work smelling and tasting the stunning Krug Champagne Wines. I am so appreciative that I was able to visit Maison Krug and have this experience.

Maison Krug Reims

Laurent Perrier

Laurent Perrier has an amazing style and consistency combining the traditional and new ways of champagne. This beautiful Maison is ideally situated at the crossroads of the three main wine-growing areas of the Marne département: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.

Maison Laurent Perrier

Maison Laurent Perrier

Touring the tank room (the older original one) followed by the new tank room below.

Maison Laurent Perrier

Maison Laurent Perrier

Cellars in Champagne are truly magical. The bottles are aged so long that mold grows on them. This is seen everywhere in the cellars and is a good thing showing how long they’ve been aging.

Maison Laurent Perrier

Maison Laurent Perrier

The Laurent-Perrier Tasting has begun. What a line up of Champagnes we got to enjoy during this visit!

Maison Laurent Perrier

Maison Laurent Perrier

So delicious, more please!

Maison Laurent Perrier

Louis Roederer Maison

I have visited their California Winery, Roederer Estate located in Anderson Valley, check out my blog on Anderson Valley’s Top 10 Wineries here. So it was so exciting and beyond special seeing their Champagne Headquarters where it all began. Read more about my Spectacular Louis Roederer Champagne Maison Tour & Tasting here.

Louis Roederer
Louis Roederer

Touring the Louis Roederer Champagne House barrel room.

Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer Thank you to the Louis Roederer Maison team for hosting me and sharing your beautiful champagnes  with me.

Hotel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot

Another amazing and historic Maison on this list is Hotel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot’s private residence. This is not open to the public, however, VIP’s, media, and bloggers may be lucky to get to visit. Read about my spectacular wine tasting & lunch with Veuve Cliquot Winemaker here.

Hotel du Marc Veuve Clicquot

Hotel du Marc Veuve Clicquot

Touring the stunning Hotel du Marc during our Veuve-Clicquot tasting followed by lunch. What a magical and unforgettable experience!

Hotel du Marc Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Hotel du Marc

I was hosted for lunch and a wine tasting with Winemaker Bertrand Varoquier, read more about my interview with Bertrand Varoquier here.

Maison Michel Gonet

Another fabulous family-owned Champagne brand I had the pleasure of getting to know is Michel Gonet. Michel’s lovely daughter Sophie hosted me for a tour of their winemaking facility followed by lunch at their downtown Champagne Winery. See more of the fun below!

Champagne Michel Gonet

Champagne Michel Gonet

It’s picture perfect, it almost doesn’t feel real!

Champagne Michel Gonet

Me and Sophie Gonet during my fabulous Winery Tour & Tasting. She’s so smart, talented and full of information.

Champagne Michel Gonet

Champagne Michel Gonet

Champagne Michel Gonet

What a line up of stunning Michel Gonet Champaigns we had the privelage to taste during our fabulous lunch.

Maison Ruinart

Maison Ruinart and their Chef de Caves Frederic Panaitis is who I have to thank for my love for Champagne and the first invitation that brought me to Champagne. When I interviewed, Chef de Caves, Winemaker Frédéric Panaiotis of Ruinart in San Francisco, who would have known he would invite me to Champagne? 6 months later my romance affair with Champagne, their beautiful wines and their incredibly rich history would start. Watch my Interview with Winemaker Frédéric Panaiotis on the blog here, and check out my spectacular visit to Maison Ruinart and Tasting with Winemaker Frédéric Panaiotis here.

Maison Ruinart

Arriving at the historic and beautiful Maison Ruinart.

Maison Ruinart

Maison Ruinart

Heading into the Ruinart Caves. These are beyond historic and there’s so much rich history from WWII and the locals living for a few years below ground in these caves to hide from the Germans. Learn the full story on my Ruinart Blog post here.

Maison Ruinart

Maison Ruinart

Frederic Panaiotis Maison Ruinart

My guided tasting led by Chef de Caves Frederic Panaiotis. See more here. 

Veuve Clicquot Reims Maison

Veuve Clicquot is hands down the most well known Champagne brand in America, possibly worldwide. It wasn’t until my second trip to Reims that I visited the Maison and it was spectacular to see. I also had a magical video interview with one of their Winemakers Gaelle Goossens which you can watch on my YouTube Channel here.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Stepping into the Veuve Clicquot Crayeres. There are only 5 Maisons in downtown Reims with Crayeres. Veuve Clicquot, Reims so it’s very special getting to tour a Maison with a Crayeres such as Veuve Clicquot. Read more about my visit to the Maison here.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

The staircase exiting the cellars which is quite significant as each year a Vintage was made the year is noted on the steps.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

After the tour, we visited the Gift Shop where you can personalize a Veuve Clicquot tin with your hometown. How adorable is this?!

 

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