The Moët & Chandon (Moët et Chandon) Champagne brand was once a favorite of King Louis XV and is still toast-worthy today, with some 30 million bottles produced annually. Visit the brand’s headquarters in Epernay, France, to tour vast underground cellars, learn how Champagne is made, and taste a selection of Moët & Chandon products.
The Moët & Chandon Champagne cellars are a highlight for visitors to the Champagne region, with roughly 17 miles (27 kilometers) of tunnels and vaults filled with aging bottles. Take a guided tour to explore the cellars on foot, get a behind-the-scenes look at the brand’s historic Champagne- and wine-making processes, and sample a selection of Moët & Chandon’s famous vintage Champagne varietals. Some tours feature the season’s newest wines, while others highlight Moët Imperial or a rosé variety. Full-day Champagne tours from Paris or Reims typically include a visit to the Moët & Chandon cellars.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Moët & Chandon Champagne cellars are a must-see for wine and Champagne lovers.
- Cellar tours involve a fair amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
- The cellars are usually chilly, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers.
- Cellar tours are typically wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Moët & Chandon Champagne cellars are located in Epernay, roughly 90 minutes from Paris and 40 minutes from Reims by train. Travel times by road are about the same. The cellars lie within a five-minute walk from Epernay’s main train station.
When to Get There
The cellars are open daily from April through January, and on weekdays only in February and March. Visit during February or March to avoid crowds, but expect cold temperatures. The fall harvest season is a picturesque time to visit, when the vineyards are washed in golden colors. Summer is the busiest time of year; during this time, it’s best to opt for an early morning tour to avoid crowds.
The History of Moët & Chandon Champagne
The Moët (pronounced “mo-ett”) & Chandon company was founded in 1743, during the reign of King Louis XV. The brand’s Champagne was a favorite of the monarch and soon rose to fame throughout France, with famous aficionados such as Napoleon and Queen Victoria of Great Britain becoming quick fans. Now under the umbrella brand of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), the brand continues to hold its prestige.