Moët et chandon Epernay can be visited and is one of the best things to do in Europe is a weekend in the champagne region in France. Exploring the Champagne region and houses such as Moët & Chandon on the iconic Avenue de champagne is a great experience. Did you know you can actually visit and go on a tour of the cellars and have a champagne tasting actually in Moët et chandon Epernay?
This is our Moët Chandon tour review and all the details you need to be able to do this yourself when visiting. We have been going to the Epernay region for 20 years and love to experience Moët & Chandon tours with friends. It is a must do experience to try wine tasting at Moët as it is one of the largest houses in the Champagne region.
Your first stop in the champagne region must be a Moët et Chandon Epernay tasting tour! Here is how to book your Moët tour and discover the cellars and tastings of Moet
Where is the Moet House in France?
Moët & Chandon is situated at number 20 Avenue de Champagne which is in the town of Epernay in the Vallée de al Marne. The Avenue de champagne is approximately a 40minute drive from the town of Reims.
The house of Moët was founded in 1743 By Claude Moët and they are the largest producer and supplier of champagne in France. Producing 26 million bottles of champagne a year of which the majority goes to the US as they are their biggest consumer.
Can you visit Moet and Chandon?
Yes you can visit Moet and Chandon in Epernay France and it is easy to do it by yourself. You do not need a tour guide you can book direct!
Is Moët a good tour to start with?
When you first visit the champagne region a Moët tour is perfect to experience part of what the region has to offer. It is an excellent choice to learn and understand what Moet & Chandon is all about and how Champagne.
When we first visited the Epernay region we started by visiting the larger well known houses. Some of these larger houses are geared up towards tourists making them the perfect choice. Moët & Chandon is one of these, thus making it a good first choice for your weekend here.
What you will you experience on the guided tour at Moët?
You will watch a short information film all about the house of Moët and then you will taken on a guided tour of the cellars followed by a tasting of the champagne. You can take a tour of Moët & Chandon yourself you do not need a separate tour provider to do this. To do this book it directly with Moët et Chandon. You will walk around in small groups throughout and it is not at all crowded.
Champagne making and the sheer production has somewhat evolved over the years. Through your journey in the cellars you will learn about champagne through the ages as well as the production, storage and taste. The tour takes around one and a half hours and is very informative.
You will start with your tour guide will telling you a short history on Moët & Chandon followed by a film showing you the production of champagne. You will then be taken on a tour of some of their cellars followed by a tasting of your chosen champagne.
Step into the Cellars of Moët and into a world of vintage wines
The visit in the cellars is on foot and lasts approximately 45 minutes and is all underground in fact Moët have one of the largest network of cellars in the region. There are a total of 28km of tunnels under Moët et Chandon Epernay which are between 10-30 metres deep.
The Moët cellars have a natural temperature of between 10˚and 12˚so you may need a light jacket whilst underground even in the summer.
Whilst in the cellars you will hear about the history of the house including the growing of their grapes and what goes into a vintage champagne. Their oldest champagne in the cellars of Moët Chandon is a vintage from 1869.
You will learn about the different grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier
Their vineyards grow all three different varieties of grapes used to produce champagne which are Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier. This in turn leads to a wide range and diversity of fruit with different tastes. This also enable’s them to produce and select the best grapes for their champagnes and grand vintages.
Where is moët and chandon vineyard?
The moët and chandon vineyard cover a wide region in Epernay including Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aubergine.
Although The wine cellars of Moët & Chandon are located under the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay 2 hours from Paris in france the vineyards are not directly here. The Vineyards are around the estate of Moet et Chandon and they have the best selection. You will see small plaques at the start of the vineyards telling you they belong to moet champagne
Moët & Chandon Epernay have 1,150 hectares of vineyards in around the region growing their own grapes. These vineyards are mainly Grand cru and Premier cru vineyards 50% of which are Grand cru and 25% are premier cru. In fact they actually have access to approximately 200 of the 323 crus in the region which includes a total of 17 grands crus and 32 of the 44 premiers crus.
Which tour should you do at Moët Champagne?
You have a choice of three different types of tasting tours when visiting Moët;
- The Grand Vintage tour
- Imperial moment tour
- The Iconic Tour
The Moët Grand Vintage Tour How much is it?
It is €50 to do the Moet Grand Vintage tour but there are 3 types of tour. This is basically down to which champagne you wish to taste. On the Grand tour you will partake in a tasting of Moët Grand Vintage white and also a Grand Vintage rosé.
- MOET GRAND VINTAGE BLANC
- MOET GRAND VINTAGE ROSÉ
Length- The tour including tasting takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. The cost is 50 euros for adults, 11 euros for children and under 11 years is free.
On the Imperial moment tour
The Imperial Moment tour you will be able to try two Moët champagnes;
- MOET GRAND VINTAGE BLANC
- MOET GRAND VINTAGE ROSÉ
Length- The tour including tasting takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. The cost is 35 euros for adults, 11 euros for children and under 11 years is free.
The Iconic tour at Moët
On the Iconic tour you will have the opportunity to taste a glass of Moët Impérial and the tour will last around 1 hour 15 minutes.
- MOËT IMPÉRIAL
Length- The tour including tasting takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. The cost is 26 euros for adults, 11 euros for children and under 11 years is free.
All tours include a guided tour of the cellars.
Where can I purchase Moët in Epernay?
You will finish the tour with the chance to purchase some champagne in the Moët Chandon gift Shop. However we have been reminded previously that it’s not a cash and carry! We do like to take our champagne home with us! The shop is truly beautiful with a wide range of champagnes, glasses and accessories. Pick up your Traditional Brut, impérial rosé or a bottle of Moët Ice or a bottle stopper as a souvenir of your visit.
You can purchase champagnes such as;
- Rose Grand Vintage
- champagnes moët impérial
- impérial rosé
How much is a Moet chandon guided tour?
If you would like to book a tour of Moët & Chandon you can easily do this by booking online. They offer two types of tours and these are the costs;
- A vintage tour and tasting is €50 which includes a tasting of their of Moët Grand Vintage white and also a Grand Vintage rosé.
- The Imperial moment tour is €35
- The Iconic Traditional tour is €26 and includes a glass of our Moët Impérial
- Under 18s are €11 with no wine tasting.
- Children under 11 are free.
With many wine houses to visit Moët is a good place to start learning about the process of the Champagne making. We soon came to realise that the independent growers in Premier and Grand Cru villages also produce some fantastic wines. These Champagnes are very reasonably priced, plus you will have fun tasting them. We have since visited many others and sometimes a few in a day. I hope you look forward to seeing these insights. Stay tuned for more champagne tours.
Is Dom Perpignan part of Moet et Chandon?
Until the 1943 vintage, Dom Pérignon was produced from vintage Moët & Chandon Champagne. This was then transferred to the dom perignon style 18th century bottles to go in the cellar. Since them Dom perignon has been produced. From the 1947 vintage Dom Pérignon has been produced separately from the start.
Take a look at my Private Tour of the cellars of Krug Champagne here.
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