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“Wonderful tour”

Champagne De Castellane
Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Epernay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We visited this champagne tour with our two children. This was our favourite champagne tour whilst in Epernay. Our guide spoke incredible English and allowed us all to ask questions and interact which made it very enjoyable. The children said it was they're favourite and they enjoyed going to the top of all 237 steps of the tower!

Thank TheGriswolds355
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Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

We initially emailed Laurent Perrier but were recommended here by them( a sister company) it's easy to find, the staff are friendly & can't oblige enough about the process. We had a tour in English by the effervescent Chloe who was both interesting & informative on the process. We whiled away the 20 mins awaiting the tour start in the museum. Fascinating look at all the aspects of the manufacture. And a delicious treat of bubbly at the end. Highly recommended and great value for 10 euros

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

My friend wanted to visit this champagne house since they have a wonderful beautiful old tower that you can climb to see the views. It was originally built as a water tower but apparently was never used as such. For 10 Euros you get to climb the tower (interesting photos, label and bottles to look at on the way up on each level, although the tower needs a serious dusting!), visit the museum, go on the guided tour in French or English and drink a glass of champagne. You can easily spend two hours here so it is great value for the money. Moët and Chandon, while much more prestigious, charges a whopping 21 Euros for their one hour visit plus glass of champagne. I say, why make the rich richer, support the smaller family-run champagne houses.

The exterior of this champagne house is really fabulous with the tower and coloured tiles. That alone is worth stopping to take photos of. Inside we took the French tour, very interesting and informative, although the young female guide was not very warm. No photos allowed inside the production/cellar area except in one tiny area, which is a pity, but I guess they want to avoid any type of industrial espionage. Since it was August there was no production going on. You can visit Mondays through Thursday to see the production when the 30 employees are back at work, and I am sure this brings a whole other perspective to the visit and one which would make it even more interesting.

This family operation has existed since 1895 and the Castellane branding is easily recognizable by the big red X across the labels. Their capacity is 15 million bottles of champagne a year but for their needs they “only” produced 8 million last year. They currently have 6 km of cellars after having sold some to their neighbour, the Mercier champagne house.

Nice to finish with a coupe of champagne at the end. Not bad at all, but I wasn’t quite motivated to buy any. In any case, there are over 10,000 brands of champagne in the region, so no lack of choice and this was the first place we visited. They also have a few nice postcards for sale at the main reception.

Thank MiaGlobetrotter
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Interesting tour of the modern champagne producing facilities - a good contrast to the more traditional Champagne house we had visited the day before. Friendly guide spoke good English. Good value for money and a great view of Epernay from the top of the tower.

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We took the 10 Euro tour round the champagne factory. Though quite brief the tour covered everything, if not in great detail. Our tour guide spoke passable English but was a little hard to understand at times. The museum is small but interesting and the views from the tower are pleasant but not stunning.
I'd recommend this tour if you just want to get the idea without paying more for one of the tours in the bigger houses.

Thank Becquerel235
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