Dormans - Pinot Meunier and the Battles of the Marne
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Dormans lies on the border of the Marne and Aisne departments and today is one of the main Champagne AOC winegrowing districts. During World War 1, the area was also at the “heart” of the two Battles of the Marne in 1914 and 1918, events commemorated by an impressive memorial. 

Dormans is in the centre of the western Marne Valley, which stretches from Épernay in the east to Château-Thierry in the west. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety throughout the area. This fresh and fruity grape is particularly popular in blends, though it is increasingly used in single grape vintages.

However, Dormans is also famous for its Battles of the Marne memorial, located in the château grounds a short distance from the town centre. The memorial commemorates the battles fought in September 1914 and July 1918 during the First World War. The location of the memorial - overlooking Dormans and the Marne Valley - was chosen by Marshall Foch himself, deeming it “the crossover point" for both battles. The memorial has a crypt, chapel, museum and ossuary, where the bodies of 1,500 soldiers, of whom only 11 have been identified, were laid to rest. The site is open from mid-April to early November.


The château gardens and its 25 hectares of grounds are a wonderful area for walking and exploring, with attractions including as the conservation orchard. Until the 1950s, Dormans was a major fruit-growing region. The orchard was planted to preserve this heritage and contains around 150 fruit trees.


Tourist Office - Dormans les Coteaux de la Marne

Parc du Château  51700 Dormans

Tel.: +33 



The place where Champagne was born
Les circuits des cadoles des Riceys
Grauves panoramic viewpoint
Les Riceys panoramic viewpoint
Château-Thierry American Monument
Leboeuf Champagne House, known as the Pressoir Henri IV
Battles of the Marne Memorial (1914-1918) in Dormans
Hautvillers Abbey (in Hautvillers)
Distant horizons
Outstanding built heritage along its entire length
A bird's eye view of the town and hillsides
Philipponnat Champagne House (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Billecart-Salmon Champagne House (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Château de Montebello (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Hôtel Guyot (now the Maison Belle Époque)
The Sainte-Hélène press house in Hautvillers
Vranken-Pommery Champagne House (Reims)
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne House (Reims)
Moët & Chandon Champagne House (Épernay)

G.H. Martel & Co Champagne House (Reims)
Bollinger Champagne House (Aÿ)
Coopérative Générale des Vignerons – COGEVI (Aÿ-Champagne)
Cité-jardin du Chemin Vert (Reims)
Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caved de Champagne

Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caves de champagne C/O, Agence d'urbanisme de Reims, Place des droits de l'homme CS 90 000 51084 Reims CEDEX FRANCE

+33 (0)3 26 77 42 89

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