Why Autumn Is The Perfect Time To Visit France’s Champagne Region
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Why Autumn Is The Perfect Time To Visit France’s Champagne Region

As the cool wind blows away the last of the summer’s heat and the grape harvest kicks into high gear, France’s northeastern Champagne region hits its peak Maison de Champagne Vranken-Pommery in Reims Pommery Autumn summons an ancient kind of earthy magic as the harvest starts in France’s champagne region, just over an hour outside of Paris. Ephemerally green stitches of vines are picked clean by hand and the heady scent of fermenting and masticating champagne grapes—a holy trinity of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier—is enough to made your head spin in a private bacchanalia. Though the harvest usually last less than two weeks, falling between mid-September to mid-October, the fall as a whole is a great time to visit the region: Summer crowds have died down, the vineyards are changing from green to gold, and there are still grapes left to admire–even after the harvest. Summers can be infernally hot and many of the houses are closed in winter, so temperatures are ideal for visitors too. Pommery Pommery Reims is Champagne’s unofficial capital city and makes for an excellent base for exploration of the city’s champagne houses, as well as those in nearby Epernay and Troyes. La […]

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