Loire Valley Gastronomic Day Tour

Loire Valley Gastronomic Day Tour

The wines of Bourgueil, St Nicholas de Bourgueil and Chinon

Tour type: Private , Duration: 1 day

Product ID: 576
Description

This is the perfect tour to discover the history, culture and wines of the western part of the Loire Valley starting in Saumur to Chinon and Bourgueil!
Your tour guide will collect you at your hotel or at the railway station and drive you to Bourgueil, where a wonderful tasting awaits at the Maison des Vins, representing all of the growers of the region. From here we go on to the Cave du Pays de Bourgueil for another memorable tasting, where you will be given the unique opportunity to taste St. Nicolas de Bourgueil and Bourgueil wines side by side. The Cave also houses a museum of winemaking in the limestone quarry tunnels which date back to the year 990.
Lunch is a real  favourite amongst wine travellers! Saint Nicolas Gourmand uses fresh, local produce and home-made dishes, which will amaze you with their quality and presentation.
In the afternoon you will visit Chinon to see the chateau and old town, with a tasting added in to end this special wine tour before you are driven back to your departure point.
Other sesonal activities that can be included in the tour:

January - February - March: see the growers pruning...

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This is the perfect tour to discover the history, culture and wines of the western part of the Loire Valley starting in Saumur to Chinon and Bourgueil!
Your tour guide will collect you at your hotel or at the railway station and drive you to Bourgueil, where a wonderful tasting awaits at the Maison des Vins, representing all of the growers of the region. From here we go on to the Cave du Pays de Bourgueil for another memorable tasting, where you will be given the unique opportunity to taste St. Nicolas de Bourgueil and Bourgueil wines side by side. The Cave also houses a museum of winemaking in the limestone quarry tunnels which date back to the year 990.
Lunch is a real  favourite amongst wine travellers! Saint Nicolas Gourmand uses fresh, local produce and home-made dishes, which will amaze you with their quality and presentation.
In the afternoon you will visit Chinon to see the chateau and old town, with a tasting added in to end this special wine tour before you are driven back to your departure point.
Other sesonal activities that can be included in the tour:

January - February - March: see the growers pruning their vines and taste the new wine
March - April: watch the vineyards come back to life after the winter. Wine show: Vitiloire (Tours)
May - June: flowering and fruiting begins in the vineyard
July - August: the vine growers are busy thinning berries and leaves to improve quality
August: food and wine fair in Nantes
September: Vouvray wine fair, organised vineyard walks
Sept - Oct: harvest time. Watch the grapes coming in to be pressed
November: harvest festivals and wine shows throughout the region

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About this activity
Tour Timings
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Group size
2 - 6
Languages
English, French
The meeting point
Meeting points can be arrange from locations in Tours and Saumur. Other pickup points can be arranged at extra charge.

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Includes
  • Comfortable transport by BMW Touring car or luxury minivan
  • English expert guide accompanies you throughout the tour
  • Gastronomic lunch with wine
  • Attraction fees included
  • Wine tastings
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation

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Payment Policy

50% payment in advance 50% payment in cash at end of tour

Currency conversion is supplied as a guide only; the exchange rate used by your bank may vary. The final payment will be charged in the local or original local currency shown.


Cancellation Policy

21 days before trip: refund of 1/2 of deposit. After 21 days: deposit retained. Booking changes by arrangement.

Organized by

Colin Elliott

Colin has been a French wine enthusiast since marrying into a Bordeaux family 35 years ago. He trained with the UK Wine and Spirits Education Trust and teaches viticulture & oenology with the Garden Design Academy. Students from around the world learn vine-growing and wine-making under Colin’s expert guidance. Assisted by his wife, a graduate in tourism, Colin offers guided tours of the Loire Valley region of central France, where they have lived since 2007. He is fluent in English and French, helping clients get the best from their visits to the wineries, gardens and chateaux of this wonderful region.


Product ID: 576

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