There are many local champagneries in and around Essoyes, France. It is blessed with golden hills of champagne vineyards, stone cottages and a castle, all dotted along the Ource River. A visit to the house where the great impressionist painter Pierre August Renoir lived in this charming village of Essoys is a great place to stop as you wander through the countryside. The French Renoir moved to this quiet village, where his wife originated from and raised a family here. He painted many daily scenes from his home and studio, which is located out back. He is buried in a cemetery not far from his studio. Throughout the village there are huge poster-size replicas of his paintings.