Wine tours: vineyards and discoveries
Looking for a wine tour in France? The "Vignobles et Découvertes" label launched in 2009 by the French tourism authority quickly emphasized the established wine-producing nature of three holiday destinations in Touraine. Just take a look at those three possibilities, and choose your future Loire Valley wine tour!
This denomination actually represents 4 AOCs that are worth checking out (Chinon, Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau) at the many "cave touristique" wine cellars as well as at local restaurants. A variety of activities can be enjoyed: vineyard exploration outings, wine and local products tasting, tours of historical sites (the Chinon royal fortress, the Langeais castle...), in addition to boat excursions on the Vienne and Loire rivers, as well as tree-top forest adventure courses for the more athletically-minded.
=> Prepare your stay on the Chinon-Bourgueil-Azay destination website.
Val de Loire - Amboise
3 AOCs are celebrated here during the twenty or so wine events each year: Vouvray, Touraine-Amboise, Touraine-Mesland. Along with the 24 "caves touristiques" wine cellars where the troglodyte world is very present, several fascinating sites are worth a visit, such as the Royal Amboise castle, Clos Lucé (where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last days) the Chanteloup pagoda and the Valmer gardens. Also of interest: the Loire à Vélo cycling trail is perfect for pleasant excursions!
=> Prepare your stay on the Val de Loire - Amboise destination website.
Val de Loire - Chenonceau
In addition to the most-visited castle in the Loire Valley, Chenonceau, many monuments are waiting to be explored (château de la Bourdaisière, château de Montpoupon...), not to mention the vineyards! The Touraine and Touraine-Chenonceaux appellations are the most prominent ones but the Montlouis-sur-Loire AOC is also nearby. Fifteen or so wine-related events are held here. Recreation enthusiasts will also appreciate what the area has to offer: pleasant walks, the Parc de Beauval Zoo, and even hot-air balloon excursions.
=> Prepare your stay on the Val de Loire - Chenonceau destination website.
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