Known as the “pink city” because of the colour of its pavements, Vitry-le-François, the capital of Perthois, is an excellent base from which to explore a welcoming region, in particular a wine-producing area with a growing reputation and influence.
Because of its geographic location, Vitry-le-François has been a transit point since the Middle Ages, often used by armies. Destroyed in 1544 by the troops of Charles Quint, it was rebuilt the following year by François I.
The modern-day town centre mirrors the old fortified town designed in 1545 by Italian architect Girolamo Marini, based on a right-angled plan. He laid out the town according to a square grid pattern (612m x 612m), divided into square or rectangular sections and arranged around a central square, Place d'Armes, 117m wide. The two main streets joined in the square.
Destroyed once again in World War II, the town centre was rebuilt by Maurice Clauzier who preserved its Renaissance new town layout.
Leaving behind the town, the local vineyards are a popular destination with wine tourists. Extending across an area of 480 hectares from Courdemanges to Vanault-le-Châtel, they enjoy a south-facing aspect. Chardonnay is the dominant grape variety and its freshness and pineapple aromas have already won over the most illustrious Champagne Houses.
The dynamic Association de promotion du Champagne & des Côteaux vitryats (APCCV) actively coordinates the local wine industry, specifically the Bulles & belles histoires du Champagne vitryat Festival. This is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their wines, while celebrating the vibrancy of the growing region, handicrafts and local history.
Vitry-le-François Tourist Office
OT du Lac du Der en Champagne
8, esplanade de Strasbourg – 51300 Vitry-le-François
Tel.: +33 3 26 74 45 30