The Champagne region is filled with all the notable names that you know and love at home: Veuve Cliquot, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart, and Dom Perignon. We highly recommend visiting one of these large houses to see how the “big dogs” make and market champagne, but it’s also important to see how the small producers create champagne. The experiences will be completely different, and the tastes will reflect the differences as well.
We tasted at three places: Ruinart (Large producer, Reims), Maison Penet (Small producer, Verzy), and the Cellier Belle Epoque by Perrier-Jouët (Large producer, Epernay).
*It’s important to note that Champagne is not like Napa. In order to visit the champagne houses, you must make a reservation. You can easily do this on the website of the champagne house or through your hotel.