Fancy a trip through wine country? Berry Centre-Loire is in one of the most diverse of France’s wine-growing regions. Set off to discover its vineyards and iconic wines.
Winding over the slopes above the Loire and in the Cher Valley, the wine regions of Menetou-Salon, Reuilly and Quincy contain a wealth of wine estates, restaurants and wine-tourism sites that showcase the best that the Centre-Loire’s terroir has to offer.
Domaine Jean Teiller in Menetou-Salon is open to passing wine buffs, who can visit the cellars and sample the appellation's wines. But the wine region’s most iconic and elegant historical building has to be Château de Menetou-Salon, with its collection of cars, its maze garden and vines. Guided and dramatised tours bring the past to life, then sample more modern flavours with a tasting of the estate’s wines.
Nearby restaurants offer wine-buffs and foodies a chance to treat their taste buds with local Berry produce: restaurant C'heu l'Zib for example, serves traditional cuisine in a cosy setting. A stone’s throw away, in the town of Bourges, Le Cercle offers a number of fine-dining menus. And to continue the taste sensations the restaurant’s chef and sommelier even offer cooking and oenology classes...a must for someone such as yourself!
In the Reuilly wine region, Denis Jamain welcomes visitors to his property and allows them to explore the estate, cellar and vines. This passionate winemaker’s tour is followed by a tasting of Reuilly wines and local produce. Close by, the 3 Cépages restaurant offers original cuisine to the curious palate in search of something new, a subtle fusion of French and Japanese tradition.
Last but not least, in the heart of the Quincy wine region, a visit to Villa Quincy, the museum of Sauvignon, is a perfect way to discover the grape varieties of the Quincy and Reuilly AOCs through some interactive and educational activities. The Vine Garden Maze is just beside the museum and is a fun way to stroll back in time and trace the history of the vine in Berry through the centuries.
The many attractions of Berry Centre-Loire are the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Berry region. To make the most of your trip, why not stay in one of the rooms at Oustal en Berry in Bourges?
Bourges Berry Tourisme
21, rue Victor Hugo
Tel.: +33 (0)2 48 23 02 60