The Marne Valley is one of the four main wine growing areas of Champagne and offers a rare example of a perfect osmosis between humans and the environment. It is also the cradle of this world-famous wine. The vineyards stretch out on both sides of the river and canal. The gently sloping hillsides are bordered by forests and bathed in sunlight. There is a succession of charming villages nestled on the hillsides where business is entirely focused on producing wine.
The trail begins at the beautifully picturesque village of Hautvillers. The famous Benedictine monk, Dom Pérignon, developed his champagne method here and lies buried in the town’s abbey. Similarly, at Cumières, the next stop on this walk, Pinot Noir makes up the majority of grapes grown, whereas Pinot Meunier is more resistant to frosts and dominates the rest of the valley. At this point, you are on the right bank of the Marne, bordering the Montagne de Reims regional nature park. From the top of their vineyards, all the villages have views down to the meanders of the river. The canal running alongside the Marne made it possible to navigate all the way to the outskirts of Paris, where the river flows into the Seine. You can also take a cruise from Cumières aboard a replica steamship, or why not take a tuk-tuk or a double-decker bus to explore the vineyards. You can also see eight large steel sculptures on the banks of the Marne that illustrate the various stages of making Champagne.Damery, Venteuil and Reuil come one after the other on the route. They are just like all the iconic villages of this champagne region that just love to open its heart and wine cellars to visitors. In Reuil, a wine grower has rebuilt a village before mechanisation came in. He has used a giant model, complete with scenes from daily life among the vines. After switching banks at Port-à-Binson, visitors can satisfy their curiosity at another museum, at Œuilly. The Champenois ecomuseum houses three sites in one. There is a typical Champagne-style house, a classroom and a distilling room that dates back to the beginning of the last century.At Boursault, the famous Veuve Clicquot built a splendid chateau, modelled on that of Chambord. It has 365 doors and windows and a winery. Skirting Epernay, capital of the Champagne region, you’ll complete the last sections of your hike on the left bank of the Marne, visiting Vauciennes, with its outstanding church, and Mardeuil, where its champagne house boasts the world’s largest bottle and cork. Afterwards, you’ll climb back up to Hautvillers to reach your journey’s end.
max. 254 m
min. 64 m
Themes : GourmetNature walkWaterfront
This hiking trail introduces you to the stunning UNESCO world heritage-listed landscape, the Champagne hillsides.