Épernay

Capital of Champagne

Located amid 30,000 ha of vines, Epernay, the capital of Champagne, welcomes more than 450,000 visitors each year. Between vineyards and the forest, on the banks of the Marne, the city lies in a remarkable environment and is renowned for it living standards. The Champagne landscapes are bidding to be listed as a World Heritage site. The "Hillsides, Houses and Cellars of champagne" bid has been selected by France to be presented to UNESCO and insists on the unique character of the industrial heritage which shaped the region and gave champagne its symbolical and worldwide reputation.
Epernay is directly involved in the bid as its main street - Avenue de Champagne - is one of the three major sites in the bid. The greatest champagne houses in the world are located on the majestic avenue. With its 110 km of cellars and some 200 million bottles of champagne stocked beneath it, the street is an incomparable tourist attraction.
The World Heritage committee is expected to decide on the bid in 2015.

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Avenue de Champagne, one of the sites in the World Heritage bid

The capital of Champagne welcomes more than 450 000 touriste every year

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Avenue de Champagne is one of the sites chosen in the Champagne bid for the UNESCO World Heritage © Ville d'EpernayView - Epernay © Ville d'Epernay
Stage town for the 6th time
Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)
Population : 25,000 inhabitants (Sparnaciens), 40,000 inhabitants in the 21 communes of the Pays de Champagne Community of Communes in Épernay
Economy : champagne houses, businesses linked to champagne, world leader in tools (Virax), world leader in crop sprayers (Exel Industries)
Culture : Théâtre Gabrielle-Dorziat (Italian-style theatre registered as an historic monument), theatres/playhouses (Le Millesium, le Palais des Fêtes). Summer music festivals (20 free concerts), Les Nuits de l'Avenue de Champagne (sound and lights show), Habits de Lumière (40,000 visitors in one weekend)
Sport : 85 associations in 40 disciplines, one football team in CFA2, a rugby team in Fédérale 3, a roller hockey team in Nationale 1, Épernay Vins de Champagne car rally, Défi l'Mania (motorbike rally)
Specialities : champagne, ratafi a, marc de champagne, potée champenoise (French stew)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21
Labels : a 3 flowers town, Internet city @@@, two stunning gardens, The Avenue de Champagne, named as a Site remarquable du Goût (Site of remarkable fl avour) makes up one of the sites considered for the candidature “Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne” by the UNESCO world
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Bahamontes bubbles

The capital of champagne welcomed the peloton for the first time in 1963 for the 50th edition. And it was a fizzling start as Federico Bahamontes attacked straightaway on the flat to leave his rivals some 1:30 adrift. It was a concern for Anquetil, who crashed after 20 kms, but not enough to stop him from winning his fourth overall victory. That day, Eddy Pauwels won the stage and took the leader's jersey and it was not a real surprise. Already in yellow for two days in 1959, the Belgian won four Tour stages on his career and finished five times in the top 20 in Paris. The race returned to Epernay four times for starts in 1978 – victory by Jan Raas -, a team time trial won by Team ONCE in 2002, a sprint win by Mark Cavendish in Montargis in 2010 and a victory by Peter Sagan in Metz in 2012. It is also the birthplace of John Gadret, Marcel Huot, winner of a stage in 1928, and Jean-Pierre Boulard, winner of the 1968 Tour de l'Avenir.

Stage town for the 6th time
Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)
Population : 25,000 inhabitants (Sparnaciens), 40,000 inhabitants in the 21 communes of the Pays de Champagne Community of Communes in Épernay
Economy : champagne houses, businesses linked to champagne, world leader in tools (Virax), world leader in crop sprayers (Exel Industries)
Culture : Théâtre Gabrielle-Dorziat (Italian-style theatre registered as an historic monument), theatres/playhouses (Le Millesium, le Palais des Fêtes). Summer music festivals (20 free concerts), Les Nuits de l'Avenue de Champagne (sound and lights show), Habits de Lumière (40,000 visitors in one weekend)
Sport : 85 associations in 40 disciplines, one football team in CFA2, a rugby team in Fédérale 3, a roller hockey team in Nationale 1, Épernay Vins de Champagne car rally, Défi l'Mania (motorbike rally)
Specialities : champagne, ratafi a, marc de champagne, potée champenoise (French stew)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21
Labels : a 3 flowers town, Internet city @@@, two stunning gardens, The Avenue de Champagne, named as a Site remarquable du Goût (Site of remarkable fl avour) makes up one of the sites considered for the candidature “Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne” by the UNESCO world
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Places to see

Champagne Avenue

A dozen champagne houses among the most famous in he world are located on the avenue: Moet & Chandon, Mercier, Boizel, Comtesse Lafond, De Castellane, Esterlin, Perrier-Jouët, Pol Roger, De Venoge, Demoiselle, A. Bergere…  Avenue de Champagne is one of the sites chosen in the Champagne bid for the UNESCO World Heritage.

Town Hall

The Town Hall was originally a 19th century town house belonging to the Auban-Moet family. The property was sold to the city council in 1919. The house was built inside a park designed under Napoleon III by the Buhler brothers, who also designed the Tete d'OR PArk in Lyon.

De Castellanne tower

Built from an old water tower between 1903 and 1905, the De Castellane tower is 63 metres high and was destined to give more visibility to the De Castellane champagne house, whose headquarters are not located on the Avenue de Champagne.  

Gabrielle Dorziat theatre

Inaugurated in 1902 and named in 1987 after the Epernay-born comedian, it is one of the rare proscenium theatres to subsist with all its machinery.

St Martin gate

The St Martin gate, in Renaissance style, used to be part of the old St Martin church. It was moved to a small park in town.

Avenue de Champagne is one of the sites chosen in the Champagne bid for the UNESCO World Heritage © Ville d'EpernayTown Hall © Ville d'EpernayGabrielle-Dorziat Theatre © Ville d'EpernayCastellane Tower © Ville d'EpernaySaint-Martin Gate © Ville d'Epernay
Stage town for the 6th time
Sub-prefecture of Marne (51)
Population : 25,000 inhabitants (Sparnaciens), 40,000 inhabitants in the 21 communes of the Pays de Champagne Community of Communes in Épernay
Economy : champagne houses, businesses linked to champagne, world leader in tools (Virax), world leader in crop sprayers (Exel Industries)
Culture : Théâtre Gabrielle-Dorziat (Italian-style theatre registered as an historic monument), theatres/playhouses (Le Millesium, le Palais des Fêtes). Summer music festivals (20 free concerts), Les Nuits de l'Avenue de Champagne (sound and lights show), Habits de Lumière (40,000 visitors in one weekend)
Sport : 85 associations in 40 disciplines, one football team in CFA2, a rugby team in Fédérale 3, a roller hockey team in Nationale 1, Épernay Vins de Champagne car rally, Défi l'Mania (motorbike rally)
Specialities : champagne, ratafi a, marc de champagne, potée champenoise (French stew)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21
Labels : a 3 flowers town, Internet city @@@, two stunning gardens, The Avenue de Champagne, named as a Site remarquable du Goût (Site of remarkable fl avour) makes up one of the sites considered for the candidature “Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne” by the UNESCO world
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