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My Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

by Krista
Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

My Visit to Celliers Ruinart, Reims

The Victim: Dad

The Background: Sometimes, you have no idea what you’re doing, and everything works out just right. So it was when my dad and I visited the cellars of Ruinart.

Because you know…It’s not like I sit around drinking champagne every day, and certainly not Ruinart.

But I had tried and failed to book all the other major champagne houses on Easter Saturday, and I was rejected by each in turn.

Except for Ruinart. They said yes. And in hindsight, I really can’t believe my luck.

The Trip: I have to give a shout out to the TGV that took us to Reims. The TGV rocks. It’s super-fast and super-quiet. Did I mention fast? We were in Reims from Paris in less than an hour. One other thing I learned: the Eurostar is technically a TGV.

Celliers Ruinart Tour

Back to the Champagne: Our tour guide at Celliers Ruinart was really really lovely. Half French, half Italian. (Napoli.) She’s had Puff Daddy on a tour before –when she used to work at Hennessy. She said he was very nice; she had no idea who he was. She also wore amazingly high heels during the ENTIRE tour. Stairs and all. Lots and lots of stairs.

Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

The History: Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house and it now owned by my buddies over at LVMH. (God bless my father for actually pausing outside Louis Vuitton on the Champs Elysées and asking me if I wanted to stop in.) During WWI, the cellars were used to escape the bombing, and a whole city operated underground. The Celliers Ruinart tour is part history and part Champagne. Being down in the Ruinart caves during the tour is really so fantastic.

Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

Tour of Celliers Ruinart, Reims

The Champagnes: At the end of the tour, our tour guide brought us to a living-room-like room and offered up about six different champagnes for tasting. The only thing that would have made this tour better was a little sheet of paper that told me what I was tasting. I know I liked the NV R de Ruinart Brut and the NV  Rose. And I know my dad, in particular, really liked the NV Rose, which I find interesting given that he’s not a champers kind-of-guy.

The Verdict: I’d visit again and do the Celliers Ruinart tour again. And I’d take copious notes. Because it was that good, I’m very sorry I didn’t take any notes. Because honestly, this was all very very fascinating.

Celliers Ruinart Tour Info

Ruinart does tours only, no tastings. The tours are small (max 10?), take around two hours, and often book up months in advance. Note that French laws around tastings have changed and apparently you are only allowed to have a max of two glasses during a tasting.

How to Book a Ruinart Tour

Ask your hotel to help you schedule a tour as online reports suggest that some Reims hotels can facilitate a small discount. Alternatively, try…

  • Booking your tour online through the Ruinart website. (This is the direct link to the tour reservation page that no one online seems to be able to find! It is very well hidden.)
  • Try contacting Ruinart directly to book a tour at [email protected].
  • Try contacting  Ruinart through the Reims Tourism website to arrange your visit.

2018 Ruinart Tour Prices

In 2018, the Ruinart tour is 70 euros per person. Please check with Ruinart directly though for latest tour prices!

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Kang April 23, 2009 - 11:18 am

Nice trip! I wish I was on holiday too, still planning a wine tour trip to burgundy , but it’ll be a while before I save up enough for that.

An American in London April 23, 2009 - 12:02 pm

Hi Krista,

Did all the champagne houses you contacted require you to book in advance for a private tour and tasting?

Also, was 25 euros for just the tour or also for the tasting? If for both, then I’m impressed . . . six different tastings of Ruinart for 25 euros sounds like a steal.

Thanks for the post – I’d love to visit the Champagne region!

Krista April 23, 2009 - 3:08 pm

There are only three or so cellars that don’t require bookings. Everything
else does. When I asked at tourist info in Reims where Ruinart was located,
the info lady launched into this big spiel about how I couldn’t go there
because I didn’t have a ticket and it was very hard to get into, very
special, etc. But then of course, I had two tickets!!!

Yes, Ruinart was a great value. Our tour guide herself encouraged us to keep
drinking because each additional tasting glass (a very generous pour, I must
say!) was just 4 euros and we would never be able to drink Ruinart for 4
euros again.

Just checked the official prices for Ruinart and they are…
* price of the visit : 26 € (this includes one glass)
* supplement: 4 €
* price of the visit for people under 18 : 13 €

Julia June 17, 2009 - 6:30 pm

Hi Krista,
The tour sounds excellent, I am planning a trip and would like to visit Ruinart is there a website or phone number? How did you go about booking a spot? Thanks for the help

Krista June 17, 2009 - 8:23 pm

I know it took me a while to find their details. I know I ended up emailing them, but I can't for the life of me find the email I sent them or their response. Keep Googlling! You will find it!

Dee Mondair October 6, 2011 - 6:43 am

In case anyone is searching for this…

[email protected]

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