Vitry-le-François - ever resurgent
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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. 

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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



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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