For our first year wedding anniversary, we wanted to do something special. After some research, we decided to book a full day private tour to the Champagne region of France. This was a great decision and this was one of the most memorable days of my life!
Stop one was Moët et Chandon, which is the largest and most famous Champagne house. It was founded in 1743 and currently sells about 8 billion bottles of Champagne per year.
The entire tour was luxurious and it was very evident how much care they take to protect their brand.
The tour took us through the famous cellars as we learned all about the Champagne making process.
A gift from Napolean, no big deal…
This was a great first tour which helped us dip our toes into the world of Champagne. Before this day, we knew very little about wine and Champagne so visiting the largest house first was very helpful.
Our next stop was Henri Giraud which is the smallest Champagne house in the region producing only 250,000 bottles per year. They use a classic blending of 70% pinot nior grapes and 30% chardonnay grapes all 100% from Grand Cru. They age their wines in local oak barrels, and even have a special employee who is the only person in the world that specializes in finding the correct wood to make Champagne barrels.
Our tour guide gave us lots of information and let us sample their entire line of Champagne. We loved their blends and went home with a Vintage bottle and three bottles of their Ratafia, which is a liquor made from Champagne grapes.
The entire day, I could not get over how breathtaking the scenery was in the Champagne region and had my eyes glued to the car window while we were driving from house to house. It was beautiful!!!
Our third and final stop was Godmé Père et Fils, which is a newer Champagne house founded in 1946 that is almost finished with the application process of being named an Organic Champagne house. Everything there is made in the best way for the environment and you could really tell how much care they put into their process.
Our tour was given by Monsieur Godme’s wife, Dominique, which made our private tour extra special. You could really tell how passionate they are about Champagne and the environment. We could really tell the difference in the quality of their Champagnes and sent six bottles of their Reserve Vintage home for us to enjoy for many special occasions to come!
After our final stop, Rich and I both took a long nap on our drive back to Paris. All that Champagne knocked us out, but the memories will last for a lifetime!