Follow the riverbanks to experience France the sweet landscapes and slow pace of life of “La Belle France”. The Loire Valley is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and according to the Michelin Guide, a visit means following a path that leads “from fortified castles to châteaux, from gardens to royal monasteries, from wine-growing villages to historic sites.”
The trail is dotted by discoveries, as this is one of the most complex wine growing regions, covering 800 kilometres and 70,000 hectares: still or sparking, ranging from dry to sweet and everything in between, with tannins or a more fruity palate.
As you follow the river, it will take you through the vineyards and will introduce you to a terrain rich in artistic and literary heritage, as well as royal residences, and the cradle of the Renaissance. The range of itineraries that we have selected for you will take you on a journey during which you’ll taste distinguished, characterful grape varieties including cabernet franc for red wines and Bourgueil, Chinon, St Nicolas de Bourgueil and, particularly the Loire Valle’s star grape, chenin blanc, for white wines, creating dry wines as well as sumptuous sweeter wines including Vouvray and Montlouis.
Gamay for red wines, and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d'Aunis, Pinot noir, and Chardonnay are just some of the varieties that are grown here to produce young, light wines as well as other wines that are richer in tannins and designed to be kept and savoured.
The wine-growing region of the Loire Valley is vast, with a number of different wine trails to follow.
Between the ocean and Champtoceaux, you’ll visit Nantes and the medieval city of Clisson and, above all, you’ll have the chance to the famous Muscadet! Between Champtoceaux and Saumur, you’ll enter the area that is home to wines including Anjou, Saumur, Layon and Crémant de Loire.
Don’t miss out on a visit to Fontevraud Abbey, the cave dwelling sites, Angers, Saumur, and their castles. Between Saumur and Chenonceau, the Touraine wine trail takes you through Rabelais’ country where wines such as Chinon and Bourgueil will win your heart.
Combine your wine tasting with visits to châteaux in Chinon, Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and limestone caves. Between Chenonceau and St Aignan, you’ll head towards Sologne, along the Cher Valley, to visit Cheverny, Chambord, and Valençay while continuing to taste the Touraine wine throughout.