Chinon and its famous wine
Chinon... an evocative name. Foodies will recall an excellent bottle of Chinon wine, while history enthusiasts will be reminded of Joan of Arc and Richard Lionheart. Finally, all of them will be happy to stay in this appealing wine city of Chinon!
Chinon's riches are many: vineyards as far as the eye can see, a majestic royal fortress (now renovated with a contemporary museum display) that towers over the beautiful village centre and its half-timbered houses, not to mention a zest for life that matches that of Gargantua, a famous figure in the french litterature!
The city is best explored on foot, with for exemple a guided visit or a greeter. You will easily take a break to snack on a fouace (kind of bread filled with rillettes or goat cheese), or visit one of the wine cellars of Chinon: Plouzeau, Chai Pierre et Bertrand Couly, Couly-Dutheil, Monplaisir, château de la Grille, or domaine de Noiré.
In April, the city is filled with wine growers for a weekend event that is 100% dedicated to wine tourism. In the summer months, fantastic views of the ramparts and the Vienne river abound from the guinguette café. You can also enjoy a peaceful river outing on a traditional boat with the Compagnie de navigation Vienne-Loire, or go on a canoe excursion with Chinon Loisirs Activités Nature.
What to do around Chinon, Loire Valley.
There is a huge variety of things to do all around the bacchic city, Candes-Saint-Martin first (one of the most beautiful villages of France), and also the Rivau castle, the Azay-le-Rideau castle, the Ussé castle, the Rabelais museum, the Seuilly abbey, the Fontevraud abbey, and of course the many touristic wine cellars!
The large Chinon public forest is an excellent venue for leisure activities such as hiking and cycling (there are several rental outfits in Chinon, and guided bike tours with vintage bikes formerly used by the French Post Office, with Elo bike Tours).
Children and adults will also enjoy climbing trees in the Saint Benoit Aventure park.
Practical information for a stay in Chinon, France.
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