I am Myriam Fouasse-Robert, the founder and owner of Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes ('Let's meet in the vineyard', for a proper translation
I grew up in Vouvray, a wine-making village at the heart of the Loire Valley. My grandfather was a winegrower in this part of the Touraine region (that's the
name of the area around the city of Tours). I remember taking part in the harvest when I was a child - which I didn't really like at that time! What I enjoyed most was eating grapes while
My husband is also a winemaker whose family has been making wine in the Vouvray area for several generations. By marrying a winegrower, I can say that I
returned to my roots.
I love travelling, visiting new cities and countries, discovering new cultures and tasting different types of food, I like meeting new people and speaking foreign languages... I'm also
keen on learning, sharing knowledge and talking about what I enjoy most in life... which explains my first career choice. I taught English as a second language for about 10 years, before
deciding to change jobs and to go back to university to get a degree in wine tourism. I extended my knowledge of grape-growing, wine-making and wine tasting
by getting a WSET Diploma (level 3) - the Wine and Spirit Education Trust is a London-based organisation offering trainings and certifications in wines and spirits all over the
world. Then to learn more about French wines in particular, I studied to get the French Wine Scholar, a wine diploma delivered by the Wine Scholar Guild.
I then worked in various wine cellars and wine shops in the Loire Valley.
In 2014 I decided to set up my own company, 'Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes', to offer wine tours and wine tastings at the family winery in particular and in the Loire Valley in general, and to be able to share my knowledge of the wine-producing world. It is also a little of my life and of my love for my home region that I want to share with you during the wine tours and wine tastings I organise. The tours I offer are 'slow' tours: we take our time and enjoy the beautiful vineyard landscapes, as well as the peace and tranquility of living in the Loire Valley.
I hope you'll join us soon for a fun, informative and educational wine tour!
"Highlight of our trip"
"I work as a wine sommelier in the USA and recently visited France with two of my wine students, touring all of the major wine regions. I happened on this guided tour on line just before we left and I have to say it was truly one of the nicest times we had. The "tour" is multifaceted and exceeded our expectations. Myriam Fouasse-Robert was out tour guide and it became immediately clear that she was incredibly knowledgeable and gracious in her presentation. We'd been driving quite a lot so the walk up the gentle slope into the vines on a beautiful day was refreshing. I learned a great deal about their vineyard methods that will benefit me as I continue to grow vines here at home. We then toured the wine making facilities and cellars and there again Myriam's easy going presentation was fascinating. The best was yet to come, however, as she led us to the tasting room where we tasted several sparkling, several white, several red and a dessert wine, all of which were paired with delicious local finger foods laid out on slate trays. Perhaps most impressively, Myriam turned out to be not only an ambassador for her own wines, but for the Loire in general, as several of the tasted wines were from other vineyards. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone considering." (Michael M onTripadvisor, November 2016)