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Champagne hillsides, estates and cellars

A UNESCO World Heritage

“Everything is heritage, but not all heritage is of equal interest “. In 2015, the “Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne” achieved their greatest accolade when UNESCO included them on the World Heritage list. “As a place of culture and identity of the Champagne region, this unique asset has now become part of the shared heritage of humanity.”

A vast and

historic region

The “coteaux, maisons et caves de Champagne”, consist of three areas:

  • The historic vineyards of Hautvillers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
  • Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay
  • The hillside of Saint-Nicaise in Reims

An area made up of 320 communes.

These are the areas where the method for creating sparkling wines was developed, from its beginnings in the 17th century to its early stages of production in the 19th century.

Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars

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This region reflects the entire champagne production process.

First and foremost, the historic hillsides, with vineyards, which are more or less the source of supply. The underground cellars which are the production facilities and finally the Champagne houses which are the commercial premises.

This extensive network has thus been recognised by UNESCO.

Sites to discover or revisit with a fresh perspective:

Discover:

 

The Hautvillers hillsides

The Hautvillers cooperative cellars

La Cave Thomas in Hautvillers

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The Aÿ hillsides

The Aÿ cellars

The Mareuil-sur-Aÿ hillsides

The Mareuil-sur-Aÿ cellars

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The hills of Saint-Nicaise

The cellars of Pommery, Ruinart, Veuve-Clicquot, and Charles Heidsieck

the Taittinger cellars

the Martel cellars

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Avenue de Champagne

Le Fort Chabrol

The cellars on Avenue de Champagne