… and listened to Eric explain this magical place, in the middle of the Grand Cru vineyards, telling us about the history of the village and the winegrowers of the 19th and first half of the 20th century who used to rest and take shelter in these huts.
In fact, the vineyard lodges were essential to the work of the winegrowers at the time. They were used as a place to rest, to store supplies or as a meeting point.
Today, the vineyard lodges are mainly used for tourism. The one we were in was designed and created, in collaboration with the wine producers, by architecture students attending the “Architecture et Champagne” summer university (organised by Greater Chalons regional authorities). About fifteen vineyard lodges have been built and installed over the last two years as part of this project. They are scattered throughout the Champagne vineyards and are all very different from one another.