Luxury holidays in Champagne
When to go
Avoid harvest time, when many of the smaller growers will be too busy to welcome you. Visit just afterwards in October or November, when the countryside colours will be at their russet-hued best.
PlanesThe Paris airports – either Charles de Gaulle or Orly – are the best served.
TrainsTake the TGV from Paris’ Gare de l’Est to Reims (about an hour) or Épernay (about an hour and twenty minutes).
AutomobilesIt’s best to hire a car here – public transportation is almost non-existent and taxis are slow to arrive (and exorbitant when they do). Just flip a coin to determine the designated driver and hit the road. Plus, the car boot will prove handy for bringing home all the bottles you buy.