CENTER FOR SENSORY INTERPRETATION OF CHAMPAGNE WINES
Sponsored since 2018 by the Communauté de Communes de la Grande Vallée de la Marne,
the project of the Sensory Interpretation Center of the Wines of Champagne opened its doors to the public on Friday, July 2, 2021.
Located at the foot of the historic hillsides, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the restored former pressing center of Maison Pommery in Aÿ-Champagne, PRESSORIA – Sensory Journey to the Heart of Champagne offers an unique, sensory and immersive experience, to discover the secrets of the wine of kings.
A scenographic visit made up of a dozen spaces mixing architectural elements and playful technology, invites you to “a journey from the earth to the bubble”.
Let your five senses guide you through the different interactive media to explore the Champagne terroir, the vineyard, the work of men and the elaboration of champagne, then discover the effervescence by diving into a glass of champagne during a 360° projection.
End your visit with a tasting of two champagnes or two sparkling grape juices in front of the historical hillsides to conclude your sensory journey in the heart of champagne.
The visit: self-guided tour of approximately 1h30 + tasting of two champagnes or sparkling grape juice, from 6 years old.
You can also discover an offer of experiences around tasting, cultural and event programmes.
Le Pressoir will include also a bar, a restaurant, a shop and a Lalique area. It has been designed for tourists and locals, but also for connoisseurs and neophytes.
DISCOVER IN A FEW PICTURES THIS FABULOUS JOURNEY FROM THE EARTH TO THE BUBBLE!
A BIT OF HISTORY
The former Pommery presses in Aÿ
The Pommery pressing center in Aÿ is an important part of the architectural and industrial heritage of the House of the same name, which experienced considerable growth at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
At that time, Pommery imposed its style and adorned its architectural ensembles with singular colors: blue gray and brick red.
Built at the foot of the hillsides, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this building, at the heart of champagne production, remained for nearly a century a witness to the know-how of the winegrowing and winemaking professions, making it a symbolic place of intangible heritage.