Learn all about the oldest champagne house in the world

Discover all that makes Ruinart champagne and drinking and dining in the crayères so special

Welcome to the enchanting world of Ruinart, where indulgence meets history amidst the remarkable crayères. Nestled in the heart of the Champagne region of France, the world-renowned champagne house boasts a legacy dating back to 1729, making it the oldest in existence.

In this article, we share all you need to know about Ruinart and drinking and dining in the crayères.

Drinking and Dining in Crayères

Crayères are deep chalk pits that were built by the Romans in the fourth century to source stone to construct the city of Reims. Nowadays, they are used by champagne houses, including Ruinart, to age exquisite bottles of bubbly.

The region of Champagne is home to many crayères and is one of the most incredible foodie designations in France. Picture exquisite plates of escargots and pig's trotters à la Sainte-Ménehould served alongside world-renowned Ruinart vintages. 

Ruinart Champagne 

Ruinart Champagne is renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and magnificent taste. With a focus on Chardonnay, the house produces an unparalleled range of cuvées that cater to every discerning palate. 

From the fresh and delicate Blanc de Blancs to the rich and elegant Dom Ruinart, each bottle is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to excellence.

Maison Ruinart is located in the center of Reims and is home to enchanting, UNESCO-protected crayères that are among the largest in Champagne. The incredible chalk pits lie 38 meters underground and stretch 8 km in length.

Ruinart Tastings and Tours

Immerse yourself in the history of the legendary champagne house while uncovering the meticulous art behind crafting their most established vintages on a private tour and tasting at Maison Ruinart

An expert will guide you through the centuries-old labyrinthine tunnels while telling you all about the brand's rich heritage and craftsmanship as the faint aromas of aging cuvées fill the air.

You will learn all about the winemaking process, from grape to glass, and gain fascinating insights into the processes that have defined Ruinart for centuries. Following the tour, you will be invited to participate in a guided tasting of the estate’s finest varieties. 


Situated in the heart of the Champagne region, Ruinart offers an enchanting experience that marries history, art, and exceptional taste. With the crayères as its backdrop, this illustrious estate welcomes you to indulge in a world of opulence and elegance. 

Dreaming of sampling Ruinart champagne in its birthplace? Wine Paths offers a tour around the winery and estate, learning all about the production before sitting down to a guided tasting. Book your Ruinart adventure now to embark on an unforgettable champagne experience.

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