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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 town 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 viewed from the 180 metres high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the...

Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ viewed from the 180 metres high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the highest point in the village. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is surrounded by the vineyards of the champagne region. The vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ are classified as Premier Cru in the Champagne Vineyard Classification. The Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars were declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  1. Champagne Hillsides - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ viewed from the 180 metres high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ viewed from the 180 metres high Mont du Gruguet, the hill is the highest point in the village. The Village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is surrounded by the vineyards of the champagne region. The vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ are classified as Premier Cru in the Champagne Vineyard Classification. The Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars were declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

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

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The statue of the Madonna and Child on Mont du Gruguet, Gruguet Mount, in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, surrounded by the historic vineyards of the small medieval village in the Champagne region. The statue was erected as a remembrance, that Mareuil-sur-Aÿ was spared from the bombings in 1944, during Worls War II. Since then, every year a torchlight procession is held.

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

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Champagne is the name of the most celebrated sparkling wine in the world, Champagne is also the name of the region where this famous wine is produced. 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. Aÿ is a small wine village with an excellent...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The Bollinger Champagne House in Aÿ. Aÿ is a small wine village with an excellent reputation, the vineyards of Aÿ are classified as Grand Cru. 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.

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

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: A stone marker in one of the vineyards 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 Hautvillers...

    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 Abbey...

    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 grave, the marble slab 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, one of the small villages in the Champagne...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: One of the Champagne Houses in Hautvillers, one of the small villages in the Champagne region. Hautvillers is surrounded by the vineyards of the most famous Champagne Houses. Over the centuries, the medieval 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 Capital'....

    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 town of Epernay stretches a maze of about 120 km of tunnels, caves and cellars. These...

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: Beneath the town of Epernay stretches a maze of about 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 and...

    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 the First World War, the inhabitants of Reims found shelter in the tunnels.

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

    Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars: The characteristic tower of De Castellane. The De Castellane is one of the Champagne Houses in the town of Epernay. The tower is a symbol of Epernay. After a guided tour in the cellars of De Castellane and tasting the sparkling wine, it is possible to climbe the tower. The Champagne region is situated in the northeast of France.