The most famous sparkling wine in the world is only such if it comes from the Champagne region in northeastern France: although its name is often “borrowed” and misused, the term Champagne is a legally protected AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée: "Controlled Designation of Origin") and can only be called so if it is produced following the strict regulations of the appellation.
Champagne is produced in a cool area of northern France, where it is difficult to consistently ripen grapes sufficiently for standard still winemaking, which is why local vignerons have specialized in sparkling wines. Champagne is, without a doubt, the home to one of the most prestigious wines in the world.
For the ultimate Champagne experience, hop on a hot air balloon and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the sky. Just as the bubbles of Champagne rise in the glass, the colorful hot air balloon rises in the sky of the Champagne region at sunset. Admire the magnificent UNESCO-listed vineyards from a unique perspective, while tasting a glass of Champagne.
Spot the Montagne de Reims sub-region and its millennia-old twisted beech trees forest, the famous Faux de Verzy; or the picturesque little villages like medieval Sézanne and Mesnil-sur-Osger on the Côte des Blancs as well as Dom Perignon’s home, the Abbey of Hautvillers.
A truly unforgettable experience up in the air!