The Land of Othe and Armance in Champagne
The structural heritage of the Othe and Armance region is not to be missed.
Our churches are packed with some veritable artistic treasures : you can see every facet of 16th Century statuary here, thanks to master craftsmen such as the sculptor at Chaource, creator of the sculpture of the Burial of Christ in the Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste.
The spectacular stained glass windows in Ervy-le-Châtel and Bérulle, and the unique wooden rood screen of the Collegiate Chapel in Villemaur-sur-Vanne, will wow you. As you wander through the region, you will also discover the wash houses and chapels that formed part of everyday rural life back in the day, where you might hear the echo of the washerwomen’s laughter or the haunting prayers of the processions.
Admire the rich and diverse wildlife, the fruit of the encounter between the dales of Burgundy and the Champagne lowlands. This authentic and unspoilt setting, boasting a very rich natural and architectural heritage, offers breathtaking visits and walks.
“The light, the palette of colours, the beauty of the countryside and the calm provide an oasis of serenity for us artists that makes us feel creative. The museums of Othe and Armance fill us with inspiration and the drive to create something.”
The tart, fruity taste of Othe cider comes from the ten or so varieties of apples that go into its making, including the Avrolle, the Nez Plat and the Nez du Chat, which are pulped and pressed. The juice is extracted and placed in a vat, where it will ferment for several months. Othe cider will make your taste buds tingle.
Chaource: legend has it that this cheese was originally made by monks at the dawn of the 14th Century, in Pontigny Abbey. Discover the secrets behind the favourite cheese of King François I, famed for its soft, dry-salted texture and the blooming mould crust of its rind, now covered by a Protected Designation of Origin (AOC).
Othe-Armance Tourist Office – Tourist Information Office:
- 2 rue Foch 10160 AIX-EN-OTHE Tel : + 33(0)3 25 80 81 71
- 2 Grande Rue 10210 CHAOURCE Tel : + 33(0)3 25 40 97 22
- La Halle Boulevard des Grands Fossés 10130 ERVY-LE-CHATEL Tel : + 33(0)3 25 70 04 45
The Côte des Bar
The Côte des Bar, which connects Bar sur Seine to Bar sur Aube (the name derives from the Celtic “Bar” or “Barr”, meaning peak), offers extensive and spectacular panoramic views over the hillside vineyards and the wooded peaks.
This prestigious Champagne vineyard, with over 8000 hectares of noble grape varieties (pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay), is responsible for 1/4 of all wine produced under the Champagne appellation.
500 winemakers in over 50 listed areas give our region its claim to fame as pinot noir country.
The Champagne Tourist Route passes through every village in the vineyard, so you can come and meet our winemakers.
- Bar-sur-Seine : +33 (0)3 25 29 94 43
- Bar-sur-Aube : +33 (0)3 25 27 24 25
- Bayel : +33 (0)3 25 92 42 68
- Les Riceys : +33 (0)3 25 29 15 38
- Essoyes : +33 (0)3 25 29 21 27
- Mussy-sur-Seine : +33 (0)3 25 38 42 08
The Great Lakes of Champagne.
The Great Lakes of Champagne destination offers many different places to visit:
- The artificial lakes, built by men, have made the development of the Regional Nature Park of the Forêt d’Orient possible and have contributed to the establishment of an exceptional fauna and flora, that visitors can watch thanks to dedicated spaces built all around the lakes.
- Full of french history and birthplace of the Templars, this territory will amaze you with its secrets like the stays of Napoleon in Brienne-le-Château. There, you can admire the remarkable stained glass windows from the period of the school of Troyes in the middle of the 16th century, as well as the only tour of the half-timbered churches in France.
- In this craftsmen region, you will meet these women and men who work the land, noble materials and local products.
Between cultural and natural visits, depending on your wishes, we can build with you the tour that suits you the best.
Contact us :
Great Lakes of Champagne Tourist Office:
– 1 rue Emile Zola – 10500 BRIENNE-LE-CHATEAU
+33 (0)3 25 92 82 41
– 7 rue de l’Ile – 10200 SOULAINES-DHUYS
+33 (0)3 25 57 18 23