Taste The Loire!

Wine Tasting Tours

Saint Vincent. Patron Saint of Wine Growers.

Saint Vincent, the patron Saint of wine growers.  He was born in Spain in 4th Century. He was martyred in Valencia, by being crushed to death in a wine press on 22 January 304. It is a mystery as to why he became the patron Saint of winegrowers. There is no shortage of theories. It could simply be  the first three letters of his name. ‘Vin’.

Legend also has it that he stopped by the side of a vineyard to chat to the workers and his donkey nibbled at the vines. The following harvest it was noted that those vines had produced more fruit than all the other vines. Saint Vincent’s donkey had invented the art of vine pruning.

His saint’s day 22 January is ideal for the wine producers at a period between vinification, (the conversion of grape juice into wine by fermentation) and pruning when the vines are dormant.

Should you wish to sample the reds around Chinon or the whites of the Touraine region around Montrichard we can arrange a tour for you.

From the well-informed to the merely curious, we tailor-make the tour, offering personalised tasting sessions in up to three working vineyards per at cellar door prices. A half day tour starts at 95€/pp All visits include transport,  guides and all tastings at the vineyards.

We can offer a package to include accommodation.

Please contact us with your requirements.

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Bespoke Wine Tours in the Heart of the Loire Valley
From the well-informed to the merely curious, we tailor-make the tour for you

Removing the Mystique of French Wine
Personalised tasting sessions in up to three working vineyards per day

From the Vineyard to your Cave
World-class wines at cellar door prices

The Real Loire Valley, the Real France
All visits include transport,  guides and all tastings at the vineyards.

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Domaine de Bel Air.

Since 1997 jean Louis LOUP has been the head of this domaine found in the commune of Cravant les Coteaux. He continues the 3 generation family wine producing tradition. The vineyard covers 13 hectares in the commune. The vineyard only grows one grape variety, Cabernet Franc or Breton as it is also called.

The vines are  grown on two different soils producing very different wines.

The stony  ground found on the flat plain produces a light, delicate, aromatic wine. Very pleasant to drink from a young age.

Up on the hillside the ‘terroir’ is a mixture of clay and limestone. This give a great  fullbodied and robust wine which evolves into complex aromas. These wine are good for laying down and drinking at a later date.

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Domaine du Puy

Domaine du Puy sits on the banks of the Vienne River. Established in 1820 by Alexis Delalande it has seen a succession of 5 generations led today by Patrick Delalande who keeps the traditions alive.

The vineyard found in the Chinon appellation in  Cravant les Coteaux , known for its rich and noble land.

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Domaine De Marcé.

Christophe and Natalie GODET took over the vineyard in 2008 from Daniel who has 50 harvest behind him!.

They are the 7thgeneration of winemakers on this domaine.

They have 35 hectares of vines on a clay and sandy soil. They are 131m above sea level in the commune of Oisly.

Although located in the Touraine appellation area, this small region on the borders of Sologne and Touraine is called “La Sologne Viticole”.

80% of white –Sauvignon and a small 2hectares of Chardonnay

20% of red – Gamay, Cabernet, Cot and Pineau d’Aunis

 A Half Day tour starting from 95€/pp

We will pick you up from your accommodation between 1.00-1.30pm. Drive you to three vineyards for the tastings then return you to your accommodation around 5.30pm.

RED or WHITE?

The Red Tour is around Chinon.

The White Tour is around Montrichard.

Both areas have excellent examples of both red, white, rosé and bubbles.

Contact me with your requirements.