Along the Loire Valley wine route

Wine route of the Loire Valley. France. Along the Loire Valley wine route © Stevens Frémont

Legend has it that it was Saint Martin who first planted grape vines in Touraine in the 4th century. These first rows are still said to exist above the Marmoutier abbey, right on the outskirts of Tours. Regardless, the original idea has since spread, as you will quickly see if you are lucky enough to participate in one of the Loire valley wine tours during your trip to France! 

A wide choice of registered designation of origin

Touraine boasts a dozen AOC wines (official French designation which guarantees the area from which the wine has come, the method by which it has been made) :

Sparkling or still, dry, semi-dry or sweet, tannic or more fruity, Touraine wines will delight you with their wide variety. These generous and authentic wines are the perfect complement to your meals: their personalities can be easily paired with your dishes. You won't be disappointed by Loire Valley wine tasting, both beginners and connoisseurs will appreciate the generous flavours of these wines.

Wine map
Wine route of the Loire Valley. AOC vouvray. Jérôme Huet / ADT Touraine

Loire Valley wine route: vines and landscapes

Beyond the quality of taste of their wines, Loire vineyards are also known for their beautiful landscapes. Whether they are located on a hillside or in the sandy soil of the alluvial plains, vineyards make for some stunning views. Explore them on the "Route touristique des vignobles", a marked route that winds along the 800 km span of the Loire Valley. In Touraine particularly, we propone you two wine tours, with of course some stages to do on touristic cellars:

Loire Valley wine route - Chenonceaux/Vouvray/Amboise (pdf, 507ko)

Loire Valley wine route - Chinon/Bourgueil/Azay (pdf, 531ko)

Video: vineyards along the Loire Valley wine route 

The vineyard of Montlouis-sur-LoireLoire Valley wine route, in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

Wine tours around

You can also explore vineyards by bicycle in Touraine, indeed the Loire cycling route (Loire à vélo) makes some remarkable forays into wine country: a twenty-kilometre stretch on the hillsides between Amboise and Montlouis-sur-Loire (AOC Touraine and Montlouis-sur-Loire), and another thirty-kilometre stretch around Chinon and the Véron peninsula (AOC Chinon). You may also ride the loop bike trail around Bourgueil.

tasting on the river Loire - Stevens Frémont
Stroll in the vineyard with children - Loire valley wine route

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