Champagne is famous around the world, but nothing comes close to sipping a glass at the house from where it came. Think rolling hills of vineyards and villages dedicated to bubbly less than two hours away from Paris by train. Visit family estates for private tours and meet those old friends who have joined you during life’s major milestones – Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Mumm and Moet & Chandon – and decide which is your favourite drop. In Reims, take time to marvel at the spectacular Cathedral of Notre-Dame, where the kings of France were once crowned. Stroll the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, considered the most valuable street in the world for the precious bottles lining the cellars beneath the soil. There’s also the chance to encounter hallowed ground for champagne lovers during a visit to the Abbaye d’Hautvillers, the final resting place of monk Dom Pierre Pérignon.