A private residence, production and sales premises... plus an advertising tower
De Castellane Champagne House
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The buildings of the De Castellane Champagne House, which cover an area of 43,500m2, are testament to the strategy of establishing Champagne Houses close to transport links (particularly railway lines) in order to facilitate advertising and grow business.

Founded in 1880 as the Union champenoise, in 1909 the House adopted the more prestigious name of De Castellane. 

Set against a hill, the buildings are served by a private branch line giving direct access to a 9km-network of cellars. However, this property is also remarkable because of the functional and social organisation of its design. It incorporates residential quarters (with both owner and employee housing, typical of the social paternalism prevalent at that time), production facilities (chais, warehouses and cellars), and sales premises (encapsulated by the tower, facade design and “labels room”). 

In 1903-4, new warehouses were constructed, surmounted by a 63m high tower, serving as both a water tower for the site and an advertising medium intended to attract the attention of travellers on the nearby Paris-Strasbourg railway line. Decommissioned a year later, this reinforced concrete tower, whose external features are just visual illusions, was included on the supplementary register of historic monuments in 1990. Today, it has become a real tourist curiosity. 

Maison Castellane

The house now belongs to the House of Laurent-Perrier. The buildings house a printing museum with an impressive collection of vintage labels, and a museum of local traditions tracing the developments in winemaking techniques, where visitors can learn how Champagne is made.



De Castellane Champagne House, 57 rue de Verdun – 51200 Épernay



Maison Castellane
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
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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

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