AMBOISE / CHEVERNY / VOUVRAY / CHINON / BOURGUEIL
LOIRE VALLEY AOC WINES
One night in 3* hotel of Amboise.
Price per person based on 2 people - 4, 6, 8 or more on request.
All inclusive Day tour.
Private guide, entrance fees for 2 days.
1 Night at 3* hotel in Amboise.
PRIVATE & LUXURY LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
Private excursion, chauffeur guide Interpreter and vehicle from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Guided tour with your wine expert.
Those two days in the vineyards of the Loire Valley is for absolute wine lovers.
With your wine expert, experience a Luxury Loire Valley wine and gourmet tour, tasting the best crus in the region and stop by a famous farmers’ market. Your chauffeur guide will introduce you to the most famous local wine appellations. You will be welcomed by owners of outstanding domains in Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray or Cour Cheverny, AOC wines.
Day 1: King Francis the 1st wine and exceptional matured Loire Valley white wines.
10.06 AM: your chauffeur welcomes you in his de luxe Mercedes or Peugeot Van.
Tours Saint Pierre des Corps TGV train station.
Go where the French shop!
Drive to Tours covered (outdoor on Wednesday and Saturday) farmers’ market, or Amboise (Thursday and Sunday), Blois (Saturday) outdoor farmers’market.
The Garden of France
You will understand why the French nickname the Loire Valley « the garden of France ». Depending on the season, from winter to fall, you will discover our cauliflowers, leeks, carrots, asparagus, strawberries, plums, apricots, peaches, raspberries, green peas, beans, wild mudrooms, apples and pears...
You will as well meet the local specialties like « les rillons », «rillettes», local foie gras, poulets de Touraine, fromages de chèvre etc.
Lunch at leisure in Tours, Amboise or Blois, depending on the market visited.
Early afternoon, in Amboise, you are welcomed in a Cellar established in 1874 whose owner owner, Daniel, specializes in mature Vouvray wines. His oldest vintage dates back to 1874, the best Vouvray vintages in the 20th being 1921, 1947 and 1959.
After a tour of his cave (former stone quarry), you will taste a wide range of vintages, from 1952 to our days.
Late afternoon,tour and wine tasting in Cheverny.
Situated between the Loire region and Sologne, a stone's throw away from Chambord.
The domain, which covers today 34 hectares of biodynamical cultured vineyards (a new way to look at life!) has been owned by the same family since 1846.
In 1950, four hectares of vines were cultivated mostly being of the white Romorantin type. The Cour Cheverny wines exist today because of King Francois 1st.
On his way back from Italy, Francois 1st stopped in Burgundy.
He brought back 80 000 vines of Romorantin.
Nowadays the Cour Cheverny is the only appellation in the world using Romorantin grape.
Drive to your 3* hotel in Amboise, a few minutes away from the castle.
Check in. Dinner at leisure in Amboise.
Day 2: Grands Crus of the Loire Valley. Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil.
Transfer to Vouvray, great white wines.
You tour one of the best producers, in the heart of the Vouvray vineyards.
Created in 1875, this Domain has been expanding for the last five generations and now owns 26 hectares in different parts of the Vouvray region. The tour of the cave is followed by wine tasting of dry, medium dry, sweet and sparkling Vouvray.
Lunch at leisure in Chinon.
Walk in the old streets of Chinon in the steps of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lion Heart.
In the afternoon, great red wines.
A few minutes drive from Chinon, the next domain welcomes us for a tour of its vineyard in the Chinon appellation. All red Chinon and Bourgueil wines are made from the same grape: Cabernet Franc. In this cave, we will taste a series of rosé and red wines including matured wines. The family has been making wine in this Chateau for three generations.
The Chinon terroir is made of two different soils in two different zones: the Vienne Valley or hills. You’ll be amazed to see the differences in the taste of the wines according to the sandy valley soil or limestone on the hills.
To end the day, we go to Restigné, for a tour of the Bourgueil Appellation.
Established in 1640, this Domain is always in the possession of the same family. This 14th generation of wine maker, on 32 hectares, elaborates fantastic red wines made of cabernet franc. Their best vintage is made of 70 years old vines. You will be struck by the passion of our host who will make you try a very wide span of wines, from the fruitiest thirst quencher to the most complex old vintage.
Late afternoon, drive back to Saint Pierre des Corps TGV station.
55 min train ride to Paris Montparnasse station.
Transportation in a comfortable minivan for two days, full time private wine specialist, 1 night in 3* hotel in Amboise, 1 breakfast, tour and wine tasting of Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis and matured Loire Valley wines. Visit of a quality farmers market.
Wineries are submitted to changes according to availability.
personal expenses, extra, drinks.
Allison Wright, 31 mars au 4 avril 2014
Thank you for a great France wine tour!
Thank You! Loire Valley, Rhone Valley gourmet and wine tour.
Christopher B. Grand Bretagne September 21 to 26, 2013