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Champagne Hillsides

The Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The UNESCO World Heritage comprises  the historic vineyards of Hautvillers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabroi in Epernay. The Champagne wine region is located in the northeast of France. Reims is the official capital of the Champagne region, but Epernay is internationally known as the 'Champagne Capital'. Epernay is surrounded by vineyards. The most prestigious and famous Champagne Houses can be found along the stately Avenue de Champagne in Epenay. Beneath the City of Epernay stretches a network of more than 120 km of tunnels, caves and cellars, used for the storage of the champagne bottles. Reims is probably best known for its Cathedral of Notre-Dame, but the town is also home to some of the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Over 250 km underground tunnels and cellars lie beneath Reims, used to store over 200 million champagne bottles. During the first World War, Reims was bombed for nearly four years by the German army, over 80 % of the city was destroyed. The inhabitants of Reims found shelter in the unnels. It was an underground city, with a school, a hospital, a church and even a theatre. The champagne hillsides with vineyards, production sites with the underground cellars, the sales and distribution centres demonstrate the entire process of the production of the champagne wine. The Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2015.

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Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ seen from the 180 meter high...

Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.

The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ seen from the 180 meter high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the

highest point in the village. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is surrounded by the champagne

vineyards. The vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ are classified as Premier Cru in the Champagne

Vineyard Classification. The Champagne region was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  1. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ seen from the 180 meter high...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.

    The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ seen from the 180 meter high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the

    highest point in the village. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is surrounded by the champagne

    vineyards. The vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ are classified as Premier Cru in the Champagne

    Vineyard Classification. The Champagne region was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  2. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The statue of Madonna and Child on Mont du Gruguet, the Gruguet Mount, in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ,...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The statue of Madonna and Child on Mont du

    Gruguet, the Gruguet Mount, in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, surrounded by the historic vineyards of

    the small village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in the Champagne region. The statue was erected as

    a remembrance, that Mareuil-sur-Aÿ was spared from the bombings in 1944. Since then,

    every year a torchlight procession is held.

  3. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Champagne is the name of the most famous sparkling wine in the world, Champagne is also the...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Champagne is the name of the most famous

    sparkling wine in the world, Champagne is also the name of the region where the famous

    champagnwine is made. The vineyards are situated on deep chalk soils, once an ancient

    seabed. Most of the greatest vineyards are in the département of the Marne. Only sparkling

    wine produced in the Champagne region can be called champagne.

  4. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Bollinger Champagne House in Aÿ. The village of Aÿ is famous for the production...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Bollinger Champagne House in Aÿ.

    The village of Aÿ is famous for the production of champagne, many famous Champagne

    Houses own vineyards in the vicinity of Aÿ. One of them is Bollinger, made famous by the

    fictional agent 007, James Bond. Aÿ is a small wine village with an excellent reputation,

    the vineyards of Aÿ are classified as Grand Cru.

  5. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: A stone marker in a vineyard near the village of Hautvillers. Along the roads in the Champagne...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: A stone marker in a vineyard near the village

    of Hautvillers. Along the roads in the Champagne region, the stone markers show which

    Champagne House is the owner of  that particular vineyard. The heart of the Champagne

    wine region is situated 145 km northeast of Paris.

  6. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Abbey Church of Hautvillers is surrounded by rolling vineyards. The village of...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Abbey Church of Hautvillers is surrounded by

    rolling vineyards. The village of Hautvillers is called the cradle of the champagne, it is here in

    the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers that the monk Dom Pérignon discovered the champagne

    wine making process around 1670.

  7. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Abbey of Hautvillers was founded in 650. The monk Dom Pérignon is buried in the...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Abbey of Hautvillers was founded in 650.

    The monk Dom Pérignon is buried in the Abbey Church of Hautvillers. At the foot of the altar

    a slab of black marble is covering his remains, it bears the inscription of his name. The abbey

    remained active until the French Revolution. Today, the building is a historic monument.

  8. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: One of the Champagne Houses in Hautvillers. Hautvillers is a small village in the Champagne region....

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: One of the Champagne Houses in Hautvillers.

    Hautvillers is a small village in the Champagne region. It is surrounded by the vineyards

    of the most famous Champagne Houses in the world. Over the centuries, the villages of

    the Champagne region remained almost undisturbed.

  9. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Epernay is internationally known as the 'Champagne...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.

    Epernay is internationally known as the 'Champagne Capital'. The most prestigious

    Champagne Houses can be found along the Avenue de Champagne in Epenay. Most

    of the Champagne Houses and cellars can be visited.

  10. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Beneath the City of Epernay stretches a maze of 120 km of tunnels, caves and cellars. These network...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Beneath the City of Epernay stretches a maze

    of 120 km of tunnels, caves and cellars. These network of chalk tunnels and cellars are

    man-made and keep a constant temperature of 11-12° Celsius. The centuries-old tunnels

    and cellars are well preserved and are used for the storage of the champagne bottles.

  11. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Reims is home to some of the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Over 250 km underground tunnels...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Reims is home to some of the most prestigious

    Champagne Houses. Over 250 km underground tunnels and cellars lie beneath Reims, used

    to store over 200 million champagne bottles. During the bombing raids of  World War One,

    the inhabitants of Reims found shelter in the tunnels.

  12. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The characteristic tower of the De Castellane. De Castellane is one of the Champagne Houses in...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The characteristic tower of the De Castellane.

    De Castellane is one of the Champagne Houses in the City of Epernay. The tower is a symbol

    of Epernay. After a guided tour in the cellars of De Castellane and tasting the champagne, it is

    possible to climbe the tower. The Champagne region is located in the northeast of France.