A picturesque village
Located a few miles to the north of Epernay in the Mountain of Reims Regional Natural Park, nestling in the hills, Hautvillers is a picturesque village with charming narrow streets. A unique aspect of the village is the wrought-iron signs hanging outside the houses, giving visual presentation of the background or occupation of the inhabitant or commerce, useful for visitors who were unable to read at the time. This tradition was revived in Hautvillers in the 1950s, and the signs were produced by a local ironsmith.
Dom Pierre Perignon
The illustrious monk Dom Pérignon entered the Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668 and, over subsequent years, took charge of the cellars and the production of wine. A talented man, passionate about his vines, he did much to improve the production of champagne, such as blending wines from different grape varieties, storage in strong glass bottles and the use of cork instead of wooden bungs. Visitors can see his tomb in the abbey church.