For The Love of Fizz: The 5 Best Champagne Houses in Reims, France

As the centre of the Champagne region, Reims is the best place to taste premium French bubbles. But which are the best Champagne houses to visit in Reims?

This is where I can help you. I spent a fabulous day sipping the best on a self-guided tour of Reims Champagne houses and am excited to share my first-hand experience.

Hit the ground running with my guide to Champagne tasting at Pommery, Taittinger, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and G.H. Martel.

champagne bottles on rack in cellar in a champagne cellar in reims

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Top-rated Champagne Tours

TOP Pick

Full-day tour

  • 6 tastings
  • 2 glasses of Pommery
  • Includes Épernay and Hautvillers
#2 Pick

Half-day tour

  • Visit two family-run wineries
  • Includes Épernay and Hautvillers
#3 Pick

E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour 

  • Cycle through Champagne avenues
  • Visit 2 wineries
  • 6 tastings

How to Go Champagne Tasting in Reims

The labyrinth of 200 km of caves, or crayères, beneath Reims, provides the perfect environment for the second fermentation of Champagne. In 2015, UNESCO placed the crayères of Reims on the World Heritage list.

Each of the city’s Champagne houses has a slice of this prime underground real estate. These range from behemoths like Veuve Clicquot to smaller boutique houses, and each has its distinct personality. 

You have three options for touring the Champagne houses of Reims: self-guided, a guided tour or a private tour.


As I wanted to pick which Champagne houses to visit, I went down the DIY route.

Although this takes a little planning, it is easy to do. As you can walk between the houses, you don’t have to worry about driving or figuring out transport options.

You will need to pre-book most of these tours, which you can do directly with the Champagne house or via Rue des Vignerons.

woamn in sunglasses holding a glass of champagne
Tasting the good stuff!

Guided tour

Joining an organised Champagne tour may be for you if you want to visit Moet & Chandon in Épernay or combine more than one Champagne house in a time-efficient way. It is also useful if you wish to visit one of the small wineries in the region.

All of the arrangements are taken care of and it’s also a fabulous way to meet other travellers if you are on a solo trip.

Private tour

If you want to let someone else take over the reins but want a more curated experience that is not shared with strangers, book a private tour. This is the most expensive option but may be cost-effective if you are travelling with a few other people.

Best Champagne Houses to Visit in Reims (+ Map)

I visited these Champagne houses independently.

Four of the houses are located in the Saint Remi area of Reims, a 30-minute walk from the city centre. The houses are within a 5– 10-minute walk of each other.

If you don’t fancy walking, jump in a taxi or use Uber. I recommend starting at Veuve Clicquot, making your way back to the city centre from there.

Taittinger is in the centre of Reims.

If you like to map it out, here’s one that I have prepared. For an interactive map, click here or on the image itself.

map showing the location of the best champagne houses in reims
Reims Champagne Houses. Map data @ Google 2022

1. Champagne Pommery: Reims’ Champagne Disneyland

exterior of neo tudor blue building belonging to pommery champagne house of reims france

Pommery is not your typical Reims Champagne tour.

Its vast caves are not only used for storing fermenting Champagne bottles. They are also spaces for sound and light installations. What you lose in information about the intricacies of Champagne production, you gain in a multisensory experience. 

Select the self-guided tour – the first of its kind in Reims – and you can rock up at any time during the cellars’ opening hours. This makes it super easy to shoehorn Pommery into your day of Champagne tasting in Reims.

Unlike other Champagne houses in Reims, there’s no need to book a ticket in advance. There are ticket machines in the lobby.

Download the audioguide by scanning the QR code at the information desk. An excellent printed guide is also provided.

set of steps leading to champ[agne cellar tour in reims illuminated with vibrant lights
illuminated cavern with red lighting and place names

Cellar tours at Pommery

  • Brut Royal Visit – Self-guided or guided visits of cellars. One tasting (Pommery Brut Royal)
  • From the vine to the glass – A more in-depth guided tour. One tasting (Pommery Grand Cru Royal vintage)
  • Henry Vasnier – Includes a guided or self-guided cellar tour and a visit to Villa Demoiselle. Two tastings (Pommery Brut Apanage + Diamant Brut or Pommery Brut Royal + Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée)

I recommend the Henry Vasnier tour that I did.

Villa Desmoiselle is a gem of an Art Nouveau building, commissioned by Henry Vasnier, then director of Maison Pommery, in 1906. Sipping your Champagne in the villa’s gorgeous garden after your tour is a bonus.

art nouveau exterior of villa desmoiselle
Villa Desmoiselle, Reims, France

The Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée was also my favourite Champagne in Reims.


Address: Place General Gouraud, 51100, Reims, France

Visit the official website for prices, opening hours, contact details and to book.

2. Taittinger: The elegant one

gateway to taittinger champagne house

When I visited Reims, the hugely informative Taittinger cellar tour was the best of the bunch. Sadly, as their main location at Place Saint Nicaiseis is currently closed, cellar tours are not available at the time of updating this post (October 2023).

As an alternative, they offer tasting experiences at Demeure des Comtes de Champagne in the centre of Reims.

Taittinger tasting experiences

  • At the table de Thibaud IV – Two tastings (Brut Réserve + Comtes de Champagne Blanc) + 25-minute audio show
  • Champagne tastings– Two tastings. Choose between L’Instant Rosé ( Brut Réserve and + Prestige Rosé) and L’ Instant Gourmet (Prélude Grands Cru +  Brut Vintage)

Address: 20 rue de Tambour, 51100 Reims, France

Visit the official website for prices, opening hours, contact details and to book.

3. Ruinart: The Grand Old Dame of Reims Champagne houses

modern sculpture of a man

Established in 1729, Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house in Reims.

This cellar tour began and ended with the group sitting around a circular table, laid with glasses and bottles of water. It felt like going into a board meeting.

However, this was by far the most social Champagne tour, and an excellent choice if you are feeling the pangs of solo travel loneliness. Furthermore, Ingrid, our outstanding guide, asked each person a few questions by way of an icebreaker.

It was here that we learnt about the rich history of Ruinart before descending into the cellars. The whole experience lasted two hours and included tastings of vintage and non-vintage Champagne.

set of steps painted with an image of a lady
bottles of ruinart champagne

Although this was the most expensive of the Champagne cellar tours in Reims, it was one of the best.

Cellar tours at Ruinart

Ruinart keeps it simple and offers just one tour, which includes two tastings.

2 glasses of rose champagne
Comparing vintage and non-vintage Champagne

Address: 4 Rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims, France

Visit the official website for prices, opening hours, contact details and to book.

4. Veuve Clicquot: It’s all about the Widow Clicquot (and the colour yellow)

wall display of bottles of veuve clicquot champagne

Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot has 24 km of crayères, the most extensive cave network in Reims and the second largest in the Champagne region. These caves double as a museum space and host an unusual installation.

The three grape varieties used in the house’s signature Yellow Label Champagne – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier – are projected onto the cave’s wall. At the same time, a hidden machine pumps out the odour of the grape, with the aroma of the Yellow Label as the grand finale.

It’s like a slightly peculiar scratch-and-sniff experience.

Although this was a slick and professional operation – iPad support in different languages was available if needed – I found it the least compelling of the Reims Champagne tours. The focus was more on the family and the formidable Mme Clicquot than on the fizzy stuff.

The cellar tour concluded with a tasting of the Yellow Label Champagne. 

set of steps to veuve clicquot champagne cellars marked with different years

Cellar tours at Veuve Clicquot

  • Brut Yellow Label– cellar tour and one tasting (Yellow Label)
  • Art of Blended Rosé Champagne – cellar tour and two tastings (Yellow Label and Rosé Non-Vintage) + charcuterie and cheese slate.
  • Only One Quality, The Finest – cellar tour and four tastings (Brut Carte Jaune, Extra Brut Extra Old, Vintage 2015 and Vintage Rosé 2015)
  • The Art of Aging – cellar tour and tastings of four vintages (Vintage Brut 2015, Vintage Brut Rosé 2015, Vintage Brut 2002 in Magnum, Cave Privée 1990) + slate of refined cheeses

Address: 1 Rue Albert Thomas, 51100 Reims, France

Visit the official website for prices, opening hours, contact details and to book.

5. G.H. Martel: The Boutique Champagne House Experience

courtyard and building of g h martel champagne house in reims france

In the shadow of Saint Remi Basilica is one of the smaller Champagne houses in Reims. Founded in 1869, G. H. Martel is one of the younger kids on the block.

Its cool cellars also double as a museum, displaying typical Champenois tools and machinery, used for planting, maintaining the land and harvesting. The informative cellar tour lasts 60 minutes and ends with three tastings.

g h martel shop counter selling champagne

Cellar tours at G. H. Martel

  • Initiation – Cellar tour and 3 tastings
  • 150 years – Cellar tour and 3 tastings (2x non-vintage and 1x vintage)
  • Prestige – Cellar tour and 3 tastings (3x prestige Champagnes)

Address: 17 rue des Clenches, 51100 Reims, France

Visit the official website for more information and contact details. At the time of updating this post, it was not possible to book directly online with the Champagne house. However, you can reserve a slot here.

Other Cellar Tours

These are not the only cellar tours that you can do in Reims. Here are a few more to consider but they are not located in the Saint Remi area of the city. 

Charles de Cazanove is a five-minute walk from Reims train station.

G.H. Mumm is a ten-minute walk northeast of Charles Cazenove and offers a number of experiences.

Finally, Lanson is southwest of the city centre

Best Champagne Tours in Reims

Here are a few tours that are highly-rated:

From Reims

Champagne Day Trip with 6 Tastings

This one is for you if you want to squeeze as many tastings as possible into the day. I like that it includes two glasses of Pommery Champagne at the end of the tour.


Champagne, Épernay and Family-Run Wineries Tour

This half-day tour includes visits to two family-run wineries, Hautvillers and Dom Pérignon’s church and a vineyard stop. You also gate to drive through the famous Avenue de Champagne in Épernay.


E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

This tour does it all. Cycling through Champagne avenues in Épernay and the village of Hautvillers. Visiting two Champagne producers including a family-run winery. And there’s also lunch and six tastings throughout the day.


From Paris

Day Trip to Épernay and Hautvillers from Paris

If you want to visit the Champagne houses from Paris and simply want someone to take care of the arrangements for you, this tour should tick a lot of the boxes. Over the course of the day, you will taste eight different types of fizz in three Champagne houses. Lunch and a masterclass in the heart of the vineyard are also included.


Reims and Champagne tasting from Paris

This ten-hour tour includes up to six tastings, lunch and a visit to Reims Cathedral.


Tips for Champagne Tasting in Reims

  • When planning your DIY cellar tour, consider how long you will need to spend in each house and the time needed to move between cellars. Also, factor in time for your tasting. You don’t want to have to knock back the bubbly.
  • Although there is a restaurant opposite Saint Remi Basilica, there are no other places to eat or buy food near the Champagne houses. The one exception is the pricey restaurant at Pommery. Pick up supplies before you head out for the day.
  • Dress appropriately. As the cellars are at a constant 12 degrees year-round, bring layers even if it is blazing hot outside. Comfortable shoes are a given.

How to Visit Reims as a Day Trip from Paris

It is very easy to get from Paris to Reims.

The non-stop TGV from Gare de L’Est reaches Reims in 45 minutes. Slower trains are also available.

Some people I talked to had also visited Épernay, another major centre of Champagne production. There are swift and easy connections between the two cities.

You can check train times and costs here.

It is even possible to visit Reims as a day trip from London. Eurostar trains arrive at Gare du Nord, less than ten minutes walk from Gare de L’Est.

Where to Stay in Reims

I stayed overnight as part of a solo holiday in France. This not only gave me a chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Reims Cathedral but the city itself is a pleasant place to spend a relaxing few days.

Mid-range – Best Western Premier Hotel de la Paix

I stayed at this 4-star hotel in the heart of the city. Recommended for its comfortable rooms, extensive breakfast buffet and indoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

hotel bedroom in reims france with bed and small sofa
hotel bathroom with walk-in shower and sink


Here are a few other places to stay that may suit other budgets and tastes

Splurge – Domaine les Crayères

This gorgeous property is the perfect excuse to blow the holiday budget. It is in the heart of Champagne house territory, just 350 meters from Pommery.


Budget – Le Sacré, Au pied de la cathédrale

This centrally-located apartment has two bedrooms and is equipped with a washing machine.


>>> None of these takes your fancy? Check other accommodation options in Reims here.

My Favourite Champagne Houses in Reims

It was a close call but Ruinart was my favourite cellar tour. It wasn’t cheap, but the guide demonstrated a real passion for her subject and it was a welcoming and sociable environment.

Pommery was stimulating and fun and also gave me the opportunity to visit the wonderful Villa Desmoiselle. As you don’t need to book ahead, it is also a very flexible option.

But whichever Reims’ cellar tours you select, you will come away knowing a lot more about Champagne production and your preferred type of fizz. I’ll raise my glass to that.

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