What to do in Loir Valley Wine Country
- Vineyard Adventures
- Where to Stay
- Where to Eat
- Fun Events
- Where to have wine
Maison des Sancerre and the Tour du Pouilly Fumé
Before setting off to discover the wineries of Centre-Loire, get an introduction to the world of wine-making at the Maison des Sancerre or the Tour du Pouilly Fumé. Innovative exhibitions, shops, wine tastings – all you need to make the most of your visits to the wineries.
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An Oenology Weekend in Saumur
In addition to a night in a 17th-century mansion (4-star hotel) on the banks of the Loire, and a food and wine pairing dinner, we have set up a unique oenology tour. It culminates in a visit to the Château of Brézé, the biggest underground fortress in Europe. Along the way, you'll unlock the secrets of Loire Valley wines. 2 days/1 night starts at 157€/person.
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An Oenology Weekend in the Loir Valley
Come and see for yourself the stages of production of the Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir wines. A wine producer will take you on a guided tour of his estate, show you his winery and introduce you to wine tasting. On your arrival at the guest house, Marie-Danièle will welcome you to the beautifully restored 18th-century water mill located on a tributary of the Loir with a delicious meal! 2 days/1 night starts at 89€/person.
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Valley Châteaux to discover or rediscover
At the gateway to Paris, come and make your way alongside the
royal river to discover the Loire Châteaux: Renaissance mansions, medieval
fortresses… Daydream as you witness the fairytale quality of Chambord, the
purity of Chenonceau, the affluence of Fontevraud Abbey, the proud silhouette
of Saumur or the haughty bearing of Nantes… And share in the most harmonious
gardening feats on view the gardens of Villandry or the limitless inventiveness
of the Chaumont-sur- Loire International Garden Festival! The Loire Valley,
France's largest UNESCO-listed site, and its prestigious stately homes are the
perfect illustration of French Art de Vivre. We invite you to come here!
Loire Valley Châteaux
des Vins de Loire
Valley Maisons des Vins (Houses of Wine) in Nantes, Saumur,
Angers and Tours are open to the public all year long. Come and discover the Loire
Vineyard : the AOC (protected designation of origin),
the land, the tourist route, the wine cellars… as well as sampling their
selection of Loire wines.
Seventy-five wines have been
hand-picked from about forty appellations.
Compared with a winery, here, education is paramount. You can sample all
of the vintages without any obligation to buy them. Something you must do
before exploring the vineyard!
(close to the castle)
Discover the vineyards of the Loire Valley
La Loire à Vélo is an immense
cycle tourism route stretching along 800 kilometres. It runs alongside
France’s longest river, the Loire, in what is known as the Valley of Kings,
with its inexhaustible mine of treasures. .
Made up of easy bike rides and dotted with services specially adapted to
cyclists (accommodation, bike hire…), the itinerary has been designed for
adults and children, families, couples, friends and solo riders, all sharing
the same desire: get away from the humdrum. It is fully signposted and safe.
For all information about the “Loire à vélo” routes,
and to organize your stay in the Loire Valley, visit:
Where to stay
Sleep in a château
by 17 hectares of gardens and 12 hectares of vineyards, Château de Fontenay (built in the 19th century)
functions both as a wine-growing estate and a place to stay. Visit the wine
cellar and sample some home-made products and wines. In addition to the guest
house, the estate also has two fully restored gîtes boasting furnishings
of the highest quality.
Château de Fontenay, Bléré, Touraine
Tel: + 33/ (0)2 47 57 12 74
A guest house in the midst of the Nantes wine
region: La Maison des Landes
in an ideal setting near Clisson, La maison des Landes welcomes you throughout
the year in a converted wine cellar surrounded by vineyards. Each of the three
charming rooms has a private bathroom and a terrace. The owners will be
delighted to advise you on the numerous wine cellars you can visit and all the
activities you can do. They
will offer you a scrumptious breakfast, varying with the seasons.
A charming 4-star hotel: La Demeure de la Vignole
distinctive troglodytic residence built into the bank of the Loire superbly
blends into the Saumur-Champigny vineyards. The hotel has 11 rooms and suites, as well as a 17th
century troglodytic gîte. A distinctive feature: the heated troglodytic swimming pool is carved into
near the Fontevraud Abbey and the châteaux of Saumur and Brézé, this hotel is
ideally situated to set off on a tour of the wine cellars dug into the hillside
and meet the local wine growers.
Where to eat
A troglodytic restaurant & château
leading luxury troglodytic hotel, Domaine des Hautes Roches features 14 rooms
overlooking the Loire, 12 of which are carved out of rock. With a star in the
Michelin guide, Didier Edon creates delicate, seafood-inspired cuisine, served
alongside an impressive wine menu. In good weather, guests can relax on the
large terrace shaded beneath lime trees, overlooking the majestic river.
Domaine des Hautes Roches, Rochecorbon, Touraine
Tel: + 33/ (0)2 47 52 88 88
cuisine using high-quality produce. The menu
features excellent delicatessen produce, succulent meats, cheese boards
including the famous Crottin de Chavignol, and a variety of desserts. All dishes
are homemade and accompanied by wines from Sancerre and further afield. With a
relaxed and friendly atmosphere, come and treat yourself to a moment of
pleasure. Le P’tit
Gouter is open every day and food is served all day.
Contact: Le P’tit Goûter, Chavignol
Tel: + 33/ (0)2 54 01 66
La Table de la Bergerie, in Champ-sur-Layon
wine grower and he's an experienced chef. Anne and David found the best compromise: opening a restaurant
in the midst of the Bergerie vineyards. The cuisine is refined, authentic and contemporary. The menu changes with
the seasons and gives pride of place to the work of local producers. The estate is located
in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon wine region. You will thus discover mellow, sweet wines, as well as
high-quality reds, rosés and dry white wines.
Vignes, Vins et Randos : 10th
Join us on September 7th and 8th for the 10th anniversary of Vignes, Vins
et Randos, a series of 15 walks through the heart of the Loire Valley’s
Winemakers will be pleased to share their love of their profession,
their soil, and their know-how and will guide you through vineyard landscape
listed as Unesco world Heritage site.
With gourmet breaks and literary events, grape tasting and cellar
visits… set out with other walkers and hikers to get the taste and feel of
these landscapes. Once you arrive at your destination, share a picnic with
fellow travellers, and taste the region’s best wines with the winemakers.
Tel : +33 (0)2 47 60
French Wine Fair at Les Caves de la Mignonne in Sancerre
24th and 25th
wine producers from across France and 60 appellations represented, the 41st
French Wine Fair is one of the most popular events in the region.
entrance. Purchase an engraved wine tasting glass for 5 Euros and gain access
to free tasting at all the stands of the fair.
Contact : Maison des Sancerre
+33 (0) 2 48 54 11 35
La Translayon, a unique event in the heart of
June 7th to 9th, 2013, take part in the Translayon event
and go down the entire Layon valley on foot or on horseback. Three exceptional
hiking days to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Layon valley and its
exceptional vineyards, from the source of the Layon river all the way to the
Loire. Activities focused on
local foods, history, music… as well as rides in hot-air balloons, concerts,
tastings of local wines and products, will take place in the stop-over villages
along the way.
Where to have wine
Domaine du Clos
Le Domaine du Clos Roussely is at a stone’s throw from the Château de Chenonceau, in the ‘Appellation Touraine’ wine region.Vincent Roussely, who heads the vineyard, is a new generation wine-grower familiar with all the latest techniques. Vincent works the vineyards according to organic specifications and harvests the grapes by hand. His colourfully–named vintages such as ‘Libertine’, made from a slightly over–ripe Sauvignon, and ‘Anthologie du Clos’, a subtle mix of Cabernet and Côt (Malbec) grapes, are pure delights.Come to taste, order, or just to learn and share the passion of Vincent for the art and the land as his ancestors.
Contact : Domaine du Clos Roussely
Tel : + 33/ (0)2 54 32 86 46
Vouvray wine at Château Gaudrelle
Dry, light, sweet or sparkling, there’s a full
range of Vouvray white wines to be sampled at Château Gaudrelle. In the winery of Alexandre
Monmousseau carved in local tuffeau stone, we are concerned with all aspects of
wine-making, from initial fermentation to bottling.
Contact: Château Gaudrelle, Rochecorbon, Touraine
Tel: + 33/ (0)2 47 25 93 50
Château de la Cassemichère, at La Chapelle-Heulin
in 1601, the Château de la Cassemichère is an exceptional place. Having won an award
for its outstanding wine cellar tours, La Cassemichère offers a guided tour
focused on the history of the Nantes vineyards, followed by a tasting of the
Château's wines in the winery. Revive your senses by rediscovering Muscadet wine and
tasting the special vintages of Philippe Ganichaud. You can even prolong
the pleasure by taking advantage of the Château's accommodation.