Where to taste Loire wines
Three ways to learn about the vineyards and purchase wine
1 – Learn and explore at the "Maison des vins de Tours" (Tours wine centre)
Located in the heart of the historic centre of Tours, the Tours wine centre offers tasting/sales of over 70 wines, including all the Loire Valley AOC wines. Guided tasting sessions (5 to 6 wines) are held every Saturday and on request, on weekdays. Geology, land, expertise... the wine centre aims to be a learning centre, a genuine bridge to one of France's most significant wine-producing regions. Entrance is free of charge. Maison des vins – 25, rue du Grand Marché, in Tours.
2 – Meet the wine growers at their estates with the "Caves Touristiques" network
The purpose of the wine cellar tourism network, "Caves Touristiques", is to facilitate contact between producers and tourists. Over one hundred vineyard estates in Touraine belong to this network and they have all committed to a quality charter. All of these locations have set opening hours on a regular basis, and allow for the purchase of single bottles of wine. It is also a great way to meet the person who put his or her passion into your glass.
3 – Track down the bottle you need thanks to a wine merchant in Touraine
Wine merchants are also very helpful! They work directly with the wine growers and know what the work entails as well as the specificities, Loire wine country wine merchants are the best source for your requirements. In a friendly manner and with simple terms, they have a knack for helping you to find the bottle (or bottles!) that you need.
« Vignes, vins et randos » (Vineyards, wine and hiking)
During a weekend in September, 14 guided hikes at 14 Loire wine country sites. Suitable for all, these hikes are hosted by wine growers who share their passion for their land and provide insight into their expertise and knowledge about "their" country. Gourmet breaks are planned throughout the hike, opportunities to rest and taste the local specialties. A hearty picnic awaits you at the finish line, another great opportunity to explore the region's best wines, with the wine growers still by your side, of course!
« Vitiloire »
Visit Tours on the occasion of this weekend wine festival where over a hundred wine growers gather to celebrate "Vitiloire", the great Loire wine festival! Under tents right in the heart of the city centre, come for the friendly atmosphere and taste the best vintages of the 68 AOC Loire wines: vouvray, chinon, saumur champigny, coteau du loir, jasnière, sancerre… all the wines in one place, in all their diversity! The highlight of this event? The opportunity to meet the producers who are available to discuss their wines as well as their craft and expertise.