At first glance, Champagne appears to be unexpectedly tame. The region’s neat, green hills and pervasive quiet confound.
For a vaunted region, wine tourism is a new concept to the Champenois. Like Burgundy, the region has long survived on reputation. The big houses have always hosted visitors, but few great hotels existed. Likewise, the restaurant scene in Épernay isn’t widely considered to be lively.
But as travel becomes more accessible, wine lovers want to see how their favorite bubbly is produced, dine in restaurants with deep local lists and soak up a little culture.