The Southern Champagne Vineyards
By Tom Stevenson and Michael Edwards
This Guide was last updated on 24 June 2010
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Every year in September some 40,000 visitors descend on the village of Brienne-le-Château (where Napoléon attended military school) to consume 20 tonnes of choucroute.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, they say. Sometimes you have to sing for your supper. Turn up at the centre of Les Riceys on the first day of May every year and join in the organised run, and you’ll get a free lunch afterwards. The run goes through the vineyards, from one cadole to another, taking in 12 cadoles altogether, ending back at the heart of Les Riceys, enjoying some fabulous views along the way. Cadoles are unique to the Aube (see Circuit des Cadoles).
Over the last weekend in July and featuring music, entertainment and Champagne tasting, Route du Champagne en Fête rotates between different villages.
Medieval pageant in the centre of Troyes during the third weekend June, with knights, troubadours, minstrels, jugglers, acrobats and fire-eaters. Also features a regional produce market and tastings.
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