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Champagne region

Geography of Champagne :

Champagne region is located East of Paris, along the Marne, Vesle and Aisne rivers. The wine region starts 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the Marne river to the city of Epernay.

Champagne spreads on 3 districts: Marne, Aube and Aisne. The heartland of the Champagne region is Marne which can be separated into 3 areas: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Cote des Blancs.

Weather is quite special in Champagne. Winter is cool, summer and fall are sunny. The average temperature in the region is around 11 to 12 C (52 to 53.5 F). Champagne is the most up north wine region in France. Sparkling wine usually come from areas where grapes don't have enough sun to ripe according to other wine standards.

The soil is chalky which is what is needed for Champagne wine.


Champagne Region Information :

Location: East of Paris, along the Marne river
Size: 25,000 km2 (size of the Champagne Ardennes region)
Weather: Continental, cool winter, sunny summer and fall
Population: 1.2 million (population of Champagne region)
Main Cities:

Reims (185,000)
Troyes (60,000)
Chalons en Champagne (50,000)
Epernay (25,000)

Places of Interest:

Reims cathedral
Cellars (originally chalk mines)

Champagne Wine Road
Troyes (ancient houses)


Read more about Champagne with :
- World Encyclopedia of Champagne by Tom Stevenson


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