The city of Reims and the Montagne de Reims
By Tom Stevenson and Michael Edwards
This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2010
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At one time all visits to Champagne Houses ended with a complimentary glass of Champagne, but such is the volume of tourists these days that most now charge. However, since 1999, a loose association of Champagne growers spread across the region have opened their doors during the third week in October for visits and free tastings. Those in the Reims area are Guy Blin-Laurent (Trigny), Forget-Chemin (Ludes), Alain Lallement (Verzy) and Larnaudie Hirault (Trois Puits).
Useful information: Tel: 03 26 64 96 87 or visit www.champagne-tourisme.com
This is a huge wine fair run by the Vignerons Indépendants de France at which visitors can taste wines from independent winegrowers, not just from Champagne, but from all over France. The salon runs from Friday to Monday inclusive across the second weekend in November.
There is a flea market on the first Sunday of every month except July and August. The largest flea market is on the first weekend of April, when more than 500 vendors from all over Europe descend on Reims.
Useful information: Parc des Expositions, Avenue Henri Farman, 51686 Reims. Tel: 03 26 84 69 69 Website: www.reimsexpos.com
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