Reasons why you must come to Champagne in 2014.
If you’re looking for a reason to visit Champagne in 2014, then look no further.
We’d love to have you come and stay with us at our beautiful 19th century former grape farmer’s house in the heart of the region.
We’re English, speak fluent French and completely independent.
Not only will you get to experience the ‘real’ Champagne, but you’ll have insider knowledge on the region, the people, the places to go and see and, you can be sure of spacious rooms, very comfortable beds, soft duvets, fluffy towels, good food and great company!
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There’s nothing quite like discovering something that no-one else knows about, and what better place to start than with some of the wonderful champagnes made by small local producers. There are 3 great champagne tasting events coming up in April this year, and you can get full details by clicking here. For a full list of our favourites, pick up a copy of Your Personal Guide to Champagne here
You can either call them in advance, knock on their doors, or let us make an appointment for you. Either way, you will receive a very warm welcome.
Take a trip out into the vineyards with Champagne Expert, Jiles Halling. Jiles has lived and worked in the region for over 18 years and he loves to share his knowledge with champagne lovers. Let him guide you into the heart of champagne, and introduce you to some of his favourite small producers and their champagnes, while you sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere that is Champagne. You’ll learn so much about this fascinating subject.
Balloon rides from April to September
Taking a ride in a hot-air balloon high above the vineyards and the villages must be one of the best ways to see the region. Let your hosts at Air Tonic delight and surprise you with an experience not to be missed.
Swing through the trees like Tarzan at Arboxygene in Verzy ! Three circuits to choose from depending on how brave you are, then afterwards why not enjoy a glass of bubbly at the wonderful new Perching Bar. Situated 18 feet off the ground in the trees, with a fabulous view of the surrounding area.
Eating out in France is always a pleasure, and there are lots of great restaurants within 15 minutes drive from Les Molyneux. Let us make a reservation for you, or if you want to do it yourself, pick up a copy of Your Personal Guide to Champagne and you’ll find all the names and contacts details of the ones we have tried ourselves and recommend.
Spring Fair at Mailly en Champagne
The “Fete de la Gastronomie et Champagne” at neighbouring village Mailly Champagne takes place over the weekend of Pentecost (6th, 7th and 8th June 2014) and is certainly worth a visit. Many of the champagne makers of the village open their doors to visitors to serve you champagne and local delicacies – a feast for your tastebuds indeed awaits you here.
Starting on Midsummer’s Day the 21st June, the towns of Reims and Epernay are alive with live music, and free concerts await you at champagne houses, churches, restaurants and parks. Choose from the many artists who come from all over the world to perform at this music festival.
Harvest Time in September
When the grapes are ready and the harvest begins, there is a flurry of activity everywhere. You too can be part of it by contacting us in advance. The 2013 harvest was one month later than usual, and so we won’t know what that means for at least another 2 years!. You can see lots of pictures and videos about it here. If you’d like to be part of it in 2014, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org now so you won’t be disappointed.
La Foire de Vins des Vignerons Indépendants à Reims. This is quite simply the most fabulous wine fair I’ve ever been to. Strange that so few English people have ever heard of it. Hundreds of wine growers from all over France exhibiitng their wares in one location, not to mention the chocolates, patés , cheeses, charcuterie and
much much more. Come and stock up for Christmas.
The Avenue de Champagne, surely one of the world’s most elegant avenues, is lit up with fairy lights and candles as are the famous champagne houses on both sides of the road.
Stroll up the avenue, listen to the live music, watch the fireworks, try a roast chestnut and soak in the atmosphere in the Capital of Champagne, all accompanied, of course by a glass or two of wonderful champagne.
Browse around the fascinating Marché de Noël for some Christmas shopping in Reims where you’re bound to find something unusual to take back home and when you’ve had enough shopping for one day, then just drop
into any one of the dozens of bars all around and relax with a flute of champagne (or two?).
And if all this isn’t enough, we can show you some fabulous woodland walks and mountain biking trails, where to play some golf, see some rare birds (the feathered ones), take a riverboat cruise on the River Marne, take a peek inside a snail farm, (the ones you eat!), and so much more!
There’s so much more to discover.
Looking forward to welcoming you to your home from home in the heart of Champagne very soon