The producers and craftsmen of Aube en Champagne are the best ambassadors for their region. In this series of “Rendez-vous dans l’Aube”, they present their know-how, their products and their passion, and propose to discover their favourite activities “around” their establishment. Meeting them is undoubtedly the best experience you can have.

Interview with Charline Drappier, marketing manager of Drappier

Charline Drappier represents the 8th generation of the family who work on the elaboration of Champagne Drappier in the small village of Urvillein the heart of the Côte des Bar. She welcomes you to the family estate to show you around the historic cellars and taste the house’s unique wines. “In the surroundings, Charline invites you to discover the Cistercian Abbey of Clairvaux, the cradle of Champagne, as well as the preserved nature of the Côte des Bar.

Meeting with Christophe Duminil, cider producer in Palis

Christophe Duminil’s farm is located in Palis, in the heart of the Othe region. He produces ciders, sweet or raw, apple juice, cider vinegar and a ratafia ideal for aperitif time. His farm products are natural, with no added sugar or preservatives, and come from traditional orchards maintained without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Christophe will be happy to let you taste his products after a visit to the farm. In the “surroundings“, Christophe Duminil proposes to discover the local producers located near the farm such as the Brasserie Thibord or Au comptoir du fromager.

Then walk along the roads and paths of the Pays d’Othe to enjoy these wooded and hilly landscapes and try to find the remarkable trees.

Mahaut d’Arras d’Haudrecy, brewer at the Brasserie du Moulin de Saint Martin

Mahaut, a native of Aube, brews her own craft beer with her family at the Brasserie du Moulin de Saint Martin, located in the village of Saint Martin de Bossenay in the Nogentais. Go behind the scenes of this responsible brewery, discover its history, its values, and of course enjoy a tasting of its organic beers. “In the vicinity”, Mahaut takes you to Nogent-sur-Seine, which she particularly enjoys on market day. After a stroll along the Seine, you can’t avoid visiting the Camille Claudel Museum. For a nature break, take advantage of the Étang de Monteuil.

Appointment with Manolo Rodriguez, master glassmaker at the Bayel Crystal Museum

Manolo opens the doors of the Bayel Crystal Museum to us, where he keeps the flame of the old Royal Crystal Factory alive. Every day, he blows the glass in his mouth and shapes it by hand, an ancestral technique that has been passed down through the generations. “In the surrounding area, Manolo recommends that you visit the Clairvaux Abbey and the Cross of Lorraine for a historical journey.

Don’t miss the village of Essoyes and its cultural space dedicated to the painter Renoir, which takes you into the intimacy of his family home and, more broadly, of his life in the countryside. Then, your visit to the Côte des Bar will conclude with a meeting with the Champagne winemakers for a sparkling stay.

Meeting with Grégory Beudot, co-manager of the Moulin de Dosches

Since 2007, this windmill has watched over the small village of Dosches and Grégory offers tours to reveal the secrets of how this beautiful wooden structure works. Milling workshops are also offered for young and old, and regular eventsallow visitors to enjoy the site in the evening. A real haven of peace, its gardens invite you to stroll around.In the surrounding area, Grégory will take you to the Regional Natural Park of the Orient Forest and its large lakes for water sports activities or to observe the animals with the family at the Espace Faune de la forêt d’Orient.

Meeting with Cécile Boël, master glassmaker in Bérulle

Cécile Boël has set up her workshop in Bérulle, a pretty village nestled in a valley in the Pays d’Othe. Here you will discover her know-how, mainly dedicated to the restoration of old stained glass windows. It must be said that in Aube the stained glass heritage is colossal and there is no lack of projects. She is also called upon to create more contemporary works, on commission or as a personal project.

“In the vicinity” Cécile will suggest you discover the richness of the local heritage. You can follow the Route du vitrail and visit the magnificent churches of the Pays d’Othe and Armance: Bérulle, whose stained glass windows she renovated, Ervy-le-Chatel and Chaource.
The surrounding nature invites you to go for a walk. Near the workshop, there are hiking trails leading to the Chapelle Sainte Reine and the Iron Trail.

Meeting with Édith Royer, Potière – Tuillière at the Tuilerie Royer

For more than a century, the Royer family’s tile factory has been the heartbeat of Soulaines-Dhuys, just a stone’s throw from the great lakes of Champagne. Édith and Jean-Pierre Royer maintain the tradition by shaping their pieces in the old fashioned way: that is the charm of this factory. To discover this unique place, full of history, guided tours and practical courses are open to all. “In the surrounding area, Edith takes you to Brienne-le-Château, to the Napoleon Museum and to meet another craftsman, Manolo, at the Cristallerie Royale in Bayel,

Meeting with Hervé Raoult, Manager of the Farm “Aux Poils d’Assenay

Since 1640, the Raoult family has kept the torch of the farm “Aux Poils d’Assenay”, in Assenay: a unique place where woolly animals are raised. In this small farm, the alpaca is the mascot, since it was imported from Latin America about fifty years ago. On site, Hervé, the manager, pampers his animals and knits their wool in his workshop, which he invites you to discover! “In the surrounding area, Hervé will take you to Montaigu for a nature break during a walk, andto the historic city centre of Troyes.

Meeting with Julien Viot, harvester and handler at Champagne A. Viot & Fils

Julien Viot welcomes you all year round to his family estate in Colombé-la-fosse in the Côte des Bar. He offers original activities to discover the surrounding area while enjoying a tasting of his champagnes: food/wine pairings in the vineyards, segway rides… with the possibility of staying in the estate’s gîte. “In the surrounding area, Julien suggests discovering the Niglolandamusement park (a must for families!) or practising sports activities such as mountain biking on the Champagne hillsides or kayaking from Bar sur Aube.

Meeting with Cécile Tapprest, President of the Coteaux du Landion cooperative

Cécile Tapprest introduces you to the DNA of Champagne Gaston Cheq, which is the result of the work of the Coteaux du Landion cooperative, which today brings together 80 winegrowers. You have the opportunity to taste their wines in their new reception building located in the village of Meurville in the heart of the Côte des Bar.In the surrounding area, you can enjoy the surrounding landscapes and go for a walk on the hillsides, in particular by following the “chemin des vignerons”. A gourmet break is a must under the historic vaulted cellars of the restaurant Le Cellier in Bar-sur-Aube.