The Domaine Vranken-Pommery has welcomed visitors since 1878.
Only one and a half hours of car ride or 45 minutes by TGV train from Paris.
The pleasure of coming to Reims should encompass the discovery of an exceptional estate, un unforgettable visit: of the Pommery cellars, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Villa Demoiselle, a true gem of Art Nouveau.
Discover this marvellous universe and these prestigious champagnes, a genuine French know-how.
The Domaine Pommery opens the doors of its magnificent buildings in the Elizabethan style and invites you to discover its cellars and crayères (chalk pits), inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Veritable underground cathedrals dating back to the Gallo-Roman period, some of them boasting monumental bas reliefs sculpted in the chalk. An exceptional tour at 30 metres below ground, where you can also admire the works of art of the latest contemporary art exhibition.
Exploited in the Gallo-Roman tradition for the buildings of the city and then essentially for the ramparts, the crayères of the medieval era of the St Nicaise hill were abandoned when stone and bricks replaced chalk. They were then turned into areas of shelter or exclusion and only occasional collapses were reminiscent of them.
The brilliant idea of Madame Pommery consisted in interconnecting these huge pits by galleries and using the existing backfills to level the future cellar at less than 30 metres of depth, offering ideal conditions with a constant temperature at 10 degrees and humidity at 98% throughout the year. More than 60 chalk pits are interlinked in this way by more than 18 kilometres of galleries.
The tradition initiated by Madame Pommery consists in giving these galleries the name of all the metropolises of the universe when they are conquered by Pommery.
From the 19th century onwards, the love of arts and the perceptive policy of Madame Pommery were characterised by key strengths:
The building of the Domaine Pommery in Reims, the invention of Champagne Brut in 1874 but also the immoderate support of art.
Since 2002, Pommery has revived this tradition and created a new mode of expression for artists by opening the doors of its estate and its Gallo-Roman chalk pits. As a unique and history-laden subterranean place of encounter, the crayères welcome the artists of today from all over the world who open an artistic bracket under the direction of curators with a constantly renewed creativity.
An architectural gem dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, the Villa Demoiselle has been imbued with fresh splendour thanks to the passion of its owners, Paul-François and Nathalie Vranken, after it had been left and abandoned for many years
The property is a unique expression of close co-operation between architects, cabinet makers and decorators united by the same inspiration, between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Discover the incredible history of this unique residence which had been abandoned for a long time. Drawing on documents from historical archives, a team of contractors worked for almost four years on the refurbishment of the entire building.
Thanks to their know-how, these artisans have revived the splendour of the mural decorations drawn with a pencil, revealed again the floral and geometric motifs of the stained-glass windows. Today, the Villa Demoiselle boasts an amazing collection signed by the greatest artists of the Art Nouveau era with major works by Majorelle, Serrurier-Bovy, Selmersheim, Daum, Gallé, to mention only those… Its benefactors want this property to be the most beautiful ambassadress of the master know-hows.
The Master Class will offer you the keys to the making of the Pommery champagnes. Together with a sommelier you will taste the legendary cuvées of Maison Pommery: Pommery Apanage Brut, Pommery Grand Cru Royal Vintage and Cuvée Louise Vintage.
To continue this oenological itinerary, you can visit the cellars of the Domaine Pommery on your own.
This out-of-the ordinary aesthete takes you from the creation of the visit to the Pommery cellars to the discovery of the master works of Emile Gallé at the Villa Demoiselle. To be discovered at your own pace thanks to the downloadable digital and audio tour (paper support likewise available).
Duration 2 hours
Tasting: Pommery Brut Royal and Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée
This out-of-the ordinary aesthete takes you from the creation of the visit to the Pommery cellars to the discovery of the master works of Emile Gallé at the Villa Demoiselle.
Duration 2 hours
Tasting: Pommery Brut Apanage and Diamant Brut
Carefully furnished around a personal and major collection signed by Majorelle, Lalique, Selmersheim.... the different pieces of the villa boast marvellous treasures. To be discovered at your own pace thanks to a digital and audio tour which can be downloaded (paper support likewise available).
Tasting: Demoiselle Tête de Cuvée
Pommery is the first Maison to propose a self-guided and commented tour of its cellars and Gallo-Roman crayères (chalk pits) thanks to a downloadable digital and audio itinerary (paper support likewise available).
Discover the magnificent buildings in the Elizabethan style and the depth of the cellars, at 30 metres below the ground. You will experience every aspect of the wine-making process and discover the contemporary art exhibition, Experience Pommery.
Duration 45 minutes
Audio-guided / Guided
Tasting: Pommery Brut Royal
Maison Pommery proposes a privileged moment at the Domaine Vranken-Pommery. Discover the cellars and every aspect of the winemaking process with your guide. At the end of the visit, proceed to our restaurant where the chef will propose a dinner or lunch accompanied by the Champagnes of the Maison to you.
Your guide will let you discover the Domaine and its history, the clos Pompadour, the vat house, where our wines are made and our cellars which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. At the end of this visit you will taste our vintage cuvée: Pommery Grand Cru Royal
Tasting: Pommery Grand Cru Royal 2008