Côte de Bars - Champagne
Discover champagne and the historical culture that supports the champagne growers from the crystal making used for flutes to the cellars created by the monks of Clairvaux to store the wine in the 12th century.
In 1129 the Knights of the Temple was created by the Council of Troyes. They are one of the most well known Western Christian military orders of the Middle Ages, and consisted of up to 20,000 members at their peak. The Templars built fortifications in the Holy Land, and across Europe, and were heavily involved in economics, finance, and an early form of banking. The Order of the Templar lives on through various secretive and not so secretive societies today. Even though most of them were finally killed or executed, their rituals and symbols live on through Freemasons.
The Aube, is know for its Pinot Noir champagne, the medieval town of Troyes, textiles, stain glass windows, Prunelle of Troyes, Jacquot Chocolate, Cider, AOC Charouce Cheese, Andouillettes, and Briennois Sauerkraut. The Aube is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution in 1790. The Aube joined the "Champagne" region after the wine growers' revolt in 1919 who preferred to no longer be part of Burgundy.
Champagne & History Tour