Champagne Perron-Beauvineau

Europe France Champagne-Ardenne Aube

  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
80% vineyard and 20% tiny, natural, loveable campsite – the perfect ratio.

As any red-nosed soul will expound between hiccups, France has a somewhat well-deserved reputation for its wine. It produces some of the most esteemed inebriants in the world, rendering a certain dedicated exploration into the subject essential. A pilgrimage of gratitude could begin with the most famous region, producing the most famous wine – Champagne. Of all the tipples in existence, none other comes close for sparking the imagination or exuding sheer glamour.

The Perron family have spent 110 years and five generations of history in the pursuit of champagne, working their business through biblical upheavals of war and pestilence. Marilyn Perron recently had the idea of evolving oenological tourism for the Aube area and opened the gloriously intimate and ecologically clean Sauleraie – a campsite with a dual purpose.

In the first instance it is a convenient retreat for those wishing to explore the Aube area’s forests, lakes, plains, and rolling hills by bicycle or on foot. A short walk brings you to Meurville – a beautiful village nestled between vineyard-topped slopes, where more than a dozen families make champagne. In the main square by the church a tourist map provides a label-by-label guide around the village producers, each virtually within staggering distance of each other. A little way out of town it’s possible to walk in the vineyards themselves, or take the Champagne Tourist Route that winds between them. Workers harvest the grapes from late August onwards, making this a good time to visit. The second purpose of La Sauleraie is as an approved bird sanctuary with a small wild lake and nesting boxes for every winged creature, from predators to prey. Wild ducks and geese frequent the lake, and the introduction of pollinating prairie plants and shrubs is under way in order to attract a wider pool of species.

Settled around the lake, the campsite has a rural feel without being disconnected. Vineyards and fields creep up the slopes and there are mature weeping willows, pines, and hedges softening the space. Nature-lovers have been well catered for and a limit of six tents on one side of the lake ensures that it feels spacious even when full.

If the weather is appalling, or a little more luxury is desired after sipping bubbly, the Perrons have built three themed log cabins. These fustes sleep up to four people and are sympathetic to the environment, with sheepskin insulation and vegetal roofs. Small and perfectly formed, each has its own features and comfortable decoration. The Tsukiyo cabin has a basin and a small fountain outside; Salama has mature pine trees and hammocks; while Kalyani enjoys a terrace. Although these cabins share the camping loo block and lack a kitchen sink, breakfast can be provided and a stay of five nights or more will find you rewarded with a bottle of champagne.

Everyone who visits the site is invited into the rather grand family cellar and tasting-room in Meurville. Here you will find out more about the Champagne Tourist Route, be introduced to their own brands of fine wine, discover how the drink is made and why so much struggle surrounds its production. The variables that affect a vineyard during a year are genuinely staggering. Understanding this undoubtedly aids appreciation and enjoyment of the different vintages.

Perhaps the most memorable aspect of staying with the Perrons is the opportunity to be guided through the region by such a dedicated, respected champagne producer. The Perron passion for the business shines through. Chin-chin.

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Facilities

Newly built, very clean, tiled shower block with 2 washbasins, 2 good showers, 2 washing cubicles, 1 disabled cubicle with shower/toilet, and facilities for washing up. Cycle shelter. Cycle hire possible through the campsite. Two dog kennels. The site playground has a trampoline, table tennis, sandpit, ‘sprung’ animals, swings, wooden blocks/climbing frame. A second playground, conveniently in the village at the Perron cellar, has a large climbing frame and swings. A lake, with a bridge to an island hide for bird- and animal-spotting. Several bird boxes and nesting boxes. Boules facilities. Permanent BBQ. Picnic tables. Site office is in the village at the Perron cellar. No campfires.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, nature- lovers, families – yes. Large groups, noisy intentions – no.

Nearby

The regional capital of Troyes is recommended and is only 30 miles (50 km) from Meurville. Numerous museums and medieval buildings pack the narrow streets. During the second week of June it hosts various Champagne Fairs. The Champagne Tourist Route is a 373-mile (600-km) signposted circular trip through vineyard country, and local tourist offices can point you in the direction of growers with cellars open to the public. Running between Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube the trail leads through Meurville and can be picked up there. About 19 miles (30 km) north-west of Meurville is Lac d’Orient, an activity-heavy lake with a beach and water sports. It is one of 3 man-made lakes in parkland once owned by the Knights Templar. The Aube has countryside of gentle rolling hills and big skies. It is a place to take a walk or hire a mountain bike and explore. By car there are villages that beg you to stop. Switch off the satnav, leave with a full tank of petrol, and see where it takes you.

Food & Drink

Meurville is a village of 180 inhabitants. The nearest quality restaurants are La Toque Baralbine in Bar-sur-Aube, 5½ miles (9 km) away, Le Moulin du Landion in Dolancourt, 4½ miles (7½ km) away, and Marilyn Perron’s personal recommendation La Petite Auberge in Arsonval, 6 miles (10 km) away, which serves typical local food such as rabbit in champagne.

Opening Times

April–October. A good idea to book early.

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Pitches

6 grass pitches with optional electricity and 3 fustes (log cabins; sleeping 4).

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Grass Pitch with Electricity + Car + One Guided Tasting Cellar at 6 PM included

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Location

Contact Champagne Perron-Beauvineau, Route de Spoy, 10200 Meurville, Aube, France

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Getting There

From Paris follow A5a and then A5 beyond Troyes until the turn off for D4 north. Meurville is signposted as a left turn off D4. The site office is in Meurville village opposite the Les Perron-Beauvineau cellar sign, on route de Spoy. Phone from the village, where someone will guide you to the site.

Get off at Bar-sur-Aube Station (9 km from Meurville). Taxis can drive you then Meurville.

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