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Epernay

A pretty little town of about 25,000 inhabitants, situated between the Marne and the hillside vineyards, where all of the "Champagne Trail" circuits come together. The heart of the vineyards, with 30,000 hectares currently in production, beats in Epernay.

The town of Epernay was founded in the 5th century by tanners who set up on the banks of the Cubry stream.

In 1024, the town was taken over by the Counts of Champagne. Since its foundation, the town has been destroyed many times, and has suffered fire and pillaging over 25 times. It was seriously damaged during the First World War, and bombed again in 1940.

For this reason, Epernay has few vestiges of its past: only the Saint Martin Gate and the gate of the Louise de Savoie House, which dates back to the 16th century, and of course the beautiful 19th century townhouses.

On the “Avenue de Champagne” you will find most of the world-renowned prestigious Champagne Houses and underneath, over 100 km of underground tunnels carved out in the chalk, housing millions of bottles of champagne!

Just a few kilometres from Epernay, the little church of Chavot-Courcourt is worth seeing...

This XIII century church located on a hill outside the village has a panoramic view over the valley and the village of Pierry.

 
 
 
 

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