The Côte des Bar, abbey territory

Located in the south-east of the Aube department, on the regional border between Burgundy-Franche Comté and the Grand-Est, the Côte des Bar en Champagne area is characterised by the variety and quality of its landscapes.

Following in the footsteps of the Cistercians who planted the first vines around the Abbey of Clairvaux, the prestigious vineyards with the “Champagne” appellation ensure the territorial homogeneity of the Côte des Bar and are one of the main drivers of the local economy.

Clairvaux Abbey

  • A former Cistercian abbey transformed into a prison under Napoleon

  • One of the first four daughters of Cîteaux

  • An exceptional historical witness, with a diversity unique in Europe

An exceptional terroir

The Côte des Bar, linking Bar sur Seine to Bar sur Aube (from the Celtic Bar or Barr, which means “summit”), offers wide and superb panoramic views over the vineyards and wooded peaks.

Prestigious vineyard of Champagne, with more than 7000 hectares of noble grape varieties (pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay), the Côte des Bar ensures 1/4 of the production of the Champagne appellation area.

A land steeped in history

From the Templars to Renoir, via the Cistercians, the Côte des Bar’s rich heritage is numerous and so are the opportunities to discover it. Museums, castles, religious monuments and tourist circuits await you!

Discover ancient Cistercian barns, such as Beaumont in Cunfin or Colombé-le-Sec (Champagne Monial).