Follow our guests bloggers Amy Seder and Brandon Burkley in their journey through the Val de Loire vineyards below:
DAY 1 – Nantes
Visit of Goulaine's Castle
Renaissance castle dating from the late 15th century.
Wine tasting at Château Cassemichère in La Chapelle Heulin
Built in the early 17th century and surrounded by 43 hectares of vineyards and 5 hectares of woodland.
Diner at "Don Quichotte" in Vallet
Overnight in Château d'Yseron in Vallet
The Yseron Castle offers calm and comfort surrounded by vineyards in Vallet, the heart of the Muscadet vineyards.
DAY 2 – Béhuard island, Layon Valley, Angers
Guided tour of Clisson and its castle
With its Italian-style architecture, Clisson is reminiscent of a Tuscan city.
Meeting with Mr. Benjamin Bellet from Sarmance, cosmetics brand made using organic vines
Arrival at Béhuard
Small village home to La Chapelle Notre-Dame sur la Loire, a pilgrimage site, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is listed as one of France’s Ville Fleurie.
Lunch at “ La Croisette “ in Béhuard
« Guinguette » made of wood, dishes using the finest local ingredients, on the terrace or in the dining room.
Stroll on the island
Visit and wine tasting at Domaine FL
Philip Fournier and his son, Julien, continue a winemaking tradition that began in these vineyards more than 800 years ago. The organically farmed estate sits in an extraordinary location, straddling the Loire River and stretching across five distinct appellations.
Diner at “Le Favre d’Anne” in Angers
Night at the Hotel 21 Foch in Angers
DAY 3 – Gennes, Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent
Coffee with view on the Loire at Château Le Prieuré in Gennes
12th-16th century priory dominating the Loire and the village, with a terrace and a unique panorama on the river.
Visit and wine tasting at Ackerman cellars
Situated in Saumur on the banks of the River Thouet, a tributary of the Loire, Ackerman's cellars and warehouse combine the charm and landscapes of the Loire with the prestige of a major wine producer.
Lunch at the "Table des Fouées" – Vino Valley
Restaurant located in old wine cellars, feast of specialties in the wood-burning oven. Next to the restaurant, a beautiful wine cellar to ferret out all the good flavors of the Loire Valley.
Discovery of the Saumur vineyard in WW combi with Loire Vintage Discovery
Wonderful discovery of the Saumur area aboard the famous Volkswagen Combi! A dive in the vintage atmosphere for an unusual excursion.
Visit and wine tasting at Domaine de Rocheville
Domaine and Chai Eco-responsible in the middle of a vineyard dominating the Loire.
Visit, diner and night at Fontevraud Abbey
DAY 4 – Azay-le-Rideau, Bréhémont, Amboise
Visit of the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Visitors can discover what life was like in the 19th century by exploring the lounge, billiard room, counting house, kitchen, dining room and the Marquis of Biencourt library, all refurnished and reconstructed.
Lunch at the restaurant "La Cabane à Matelot" & quick visit of the factory with the fisherman Romain Gadais
Visit of Clos-Lucé Castle & Wine tasting
Leonardo Da Vinci lived the last 3 years of his life in this Castle.
Diner at the Volupia wine bar
Rustic, homely and out of the ordinary are all words that could describe this place. At nightfall, the strings of multi-colored fairy lights light up, making this place even more romantic.
Night at "Les Colonnes de Chanteloup"
DAY 5 – Amboise, Bourré, Méry-sur-Cher
Visit of the royal castle of Amboise
The Royal Château of Amboise is part of the protected Historic Monuments since 1840. The valley’s river is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Just one hour from Paris, in the heart of the Amboise valley, the royal residence (from the end of the 15th century to the start of 16th century) and its landscaped gardens offer an exceptional panorama across the Loire valley.
Visit and lunch at the Caves Duhard
Founded in 1874, the Caves Duhard offers vintages from the Loire Valley, and brings you a new 2-part tour: the Sensory Experience & Vintage Odyssey followed by a wine-based activity.
Visit of Troglo Degusto – Domaine des Tabourelles
Discovery of a 1000-year amazing history through secret underground tunnels.
Diner & Night at the B&B "La Grange de Léonie"
DAY 6 – Sancerre, Montigny
Visit of La Maison des Sancerre
Picnic & Visit at Domaine Henri Bourgeois
Free time by car around Sancerre and in the village
Diner at the restaurant "Les Monts Damnés" in Chavignol
Night at the B&B "La Reculée" in Montigny
DAY 7 – Sancerre
Visit of the cheese factory Dubois Boulay
Discovery of the Chavignol goat cheese.
Lunch on a traditional boat "Le Raboliot" with wine tasting
Visit of the gardens of Pesselières
Visit & Wine tasting of the domain Landrat-Guyollot
Diner at the restaurant "La Tour" in Sancerre
Night at the B&B "La Reculée" in Montigny
DAY 8 - Castle of la Bussière
Visit of the Castle of la Bussière on the way back to Paris