We all love a glass of fizz and where better to enjoy it than in France’s world-famous Champagne region? This autumn we’re hosting the first ever Festival of Champagne for readers of woman&home, starring the vastly knowledgeable and brilliantly entertaining presenter, author and wine critic Oz Clarke. Fizzing with infectious enthusiasm, he’s the perfect person to help you discover everything this incredible region has to offer.
During this unique w&h trip you’ll enjoy: a private tasting tutorial with Oz; a magnificent dinner held in the spectacular vaulted crypt of the medieval Palais du Tau, where the wines and Champagnes will be personally selected by Oz; the first ever w&h Champagne Festival, where you will taste more than 30 wines and Champagnes, ranging from world-famous producers such as Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot to smaller boutique family-run growers; a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of one of Champagne’s top vineyards, and the chance to buy discounted wines and Champagnes direct from the producers.
So whether you’re a Champagne connoisseur or just love eating and drinking the very best food and drink, this is your chance to raise a glass in style…
Your expert guide
Wine writer, presenter and critic Oz Clarke says:
in Champagne – how exciting! It’s such a wonderful time to go… the
grapes will have just been harvested, winemakers are in the mood to
celebrate a successful vintage and the bubbles flow freely. Every time I
visit, I leave with a warm glow in my heart and a determination to go
back again as soon as I can.”
Your exclusive w&h experiences
- A Champagne-filled private dinner held in the vaulted crypt of the medieval Palais du Tau, where Oz Clarke will pair a selection of Champagnes to each course of your dinner.
- A tutored tasting session with Oz Clarke, World Wine Tasting Champion.
- Join w&h’s first Champagne Festival, where you’ll enjoy an extravagant afternoon of superb food and more than 30 wines and Champagnes.
- A behind-the-scenes visit to one the Champagne region’s famous vineyards.
- The chance to buy superb discounted wines and Champagnes direct from the best producers.
Early bird offer! Book by 31 March for a free Gourmet lunch
For guests booking before 31 March, we’ll include a complimentary gourmet lunch on Day 3 at the beautiful Champagne Vilmart.
DAY 1: A Champagne dinner at the Palais du Tau.
Your wonderful Champagne journey starts in historic Reims, where you’ll be staying for two nights at a four-star hotel at the heart of the city.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: On your first evening you’ll dine like a king at a truly unforgettable venue: the vaulted crypt of the medieval Palais du Tau, which once held coronation banquets for the kings of France and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your host for the evening will be the wine critic Oz Clarke, who will be sharing a personally selected collection of fabulous wines and Champagnes.
DAY 2: The woman&home Champagne Festival.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE In the morning you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a tutored wine tasting session
with Oz Clarke, learning expert tips and insider secrets from the World Wine Tasting Champion. As you prepare for the afternoon’s w&h Champagne Festival, you might like to spend some of your free time exploring Reims’ stunning Cathedral. Or, if you prefer, you could take a leisurely stroll around Reims, admiring the Basilica of St Remi, the Palais de Vergeur, the Roman Triumphal Arch, as well as the city’s celebrated Art Deco architecture.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE It’s time for your private woman&home Champagne Festival held at the Demeure des Comtes de Champagne, once the medieval meeting hall of the counts of Champagne. Wine and spirits will flow late into the afternoon where – alongside a superb selection of French canapés – you’ll enjoy more than 30 Champagnes from famous producers such as Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot and Vilmart – with the chance to buy your favourites at a discount.
DAY 3: Private vineyard tour
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Enjoy a relaxing behind-the-scenes visit this morning to a grower that supplies the top Champagne houses to discover at first hand the centuries of knowledge and craft that go into the “méthode champenoise” – while also enjoying a glass or two. Guests who book before 31 March will enjoy a complimentary gourmet lunch at Champagne Vilmart before you return to Reims and depart for home.
W&H 3-DAY CHAMPAGNE FESTIVAL INCLUDES
- Oz Clarke tutorial
- w&h Champagne Festival
- Palais du Tau dinner
27-29 October 2017
THE PRICE From £769*
Premier cru – £839, including executive coach travel and crossing via Eurotunnel shuttle Grand cru – £869, including executive coach travel and top-flight P&O Ferries crossing with free entry to the Club Lounge
Please enquire with the tour operator if you are interested in travelling via Eurostar.
*Single supplement for the Champagne Festival of £100. Deposit is £100 per person. Balance due 56 days before departure. Payments can be paid by card and we accept Visa Debit, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and there is a 2.5% surcharge for credit cards. Our tour operator is ATOL protected and a member of AITO.
HOW TO BOOK
Call 01730 297 848 Quote ref TSCHAMP
OUR PARTNERS The travel experts
Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours offer high-quality escorted tours to almost 30 countries. They are the world’s leading wine tours experts and provide wine holiday experiences that go beyond the ordinary; arblasterandclarke.com
Tripsmiths is a pioneering travel and media company that partners with the world’s leading tour operators and select global media brands to deliver truly unique and exclusive travel experiences to their customers; tripsmiths.com