Our Art de Vivre. The Loire Valley is famous not only for its remarkable châteaux and landscapes, but also for the diversity and quality of its wines, a proud part of its legacy and the product of hard-earned know-how and a longstanding tradition. Do the names Vouvray, Bourgueil, Chinon and Touraine ring a bell? They are just some of the many wines from the region, which boasts some 27 AOCs and includes whites, reds, rosés, sparkling and dessert wines marked by their fresh, crisp flavours. Let’s tour a few of the vineyards between the Touraine and Orléans so you can find out more about how the grapes for the different vintages are chosen, cultivated and harvested – and, better still, the art of tasting them. Bon voyage!
Discover the Wines from the Vendômois Region
If you aren’t already familiar with the AOC Coteaux du Vendômois, just 25 km north of Blois, now’s the time to take advantage of the exceptional 3 day/2 night offer by the Vendôme Tourist Office for a visit of the area’s vineyards. You’ll be housed royally in top-rated 3 épis guesthouses – breakfast included – all at an unbeatable price.
Stops include the Domaine Patrice Colin at Villiers-sur-Loir, in the family since 1735. This independent organic agriculture winemaker cultivates a number of Coteaux du Vendômois varieties, among them the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, and is featured in the guide of France’s best wines. Next on the list: The Domaine de la Berthelotière at Thoré-la-Rochette where Charles and Françoise Jumert, the 7th generation to work the estate, will take you on a spin of their vineyards in a cart drawn by a vintage 1950s tractor, followed by a visit to the cellars and tasting.
You’ll enchanted by these refreshing and unassuming Loire Valley wines, which earned the coveted title of AOC in 2001. The best known is undoubtedly the ‘gris’, with its light pink colour and tangy white pepper notes, made from the Pineau d’Aunis grape, a favourite of Henry Plantagenet when it was first brought to England in 1246. But as you’ll soon find out, they’re all worth a go!
Effective dates: From October 01, 2015 to November 30, 2015