Our family winery is located in the Loire Valley, in the small village of Chançay, which is one of 8 villages where Vouvray wines are made. Alain and Christiane Robert both grew up in the village, in wine-makers' families, and in 1973 they decided to found their own company. Later they were joined by their two children - Cyril in 2000 and Catherine in 2013.
We mostly produce produce Vouvray wines, both sparkling and still, as well as two other types of sparkling wines, under the DO Cremant de Loire and Touraine.
It's always been a tradition to welcome people at our winery, for wine tastings and visits of the rock-hewn cellar. Since 2014 Myriam, Cyril's wife, has increased the offer by organising a diversity of wine tours and wine tastings in the vineyard under the name 'Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes'.
Millière Raboton is a local organisation made of men and women that are all passionate about the Loire river. All year long, they offer rides on the river, on traditional wooden boats called 'toues'. These flat-bottomed boats were used until the mid-19th century to transport all sorts of goods - wine included - up and down the river.
The boat rides, led by professional and local pilots, offer visitors the opportunity to discover the history of the river, the plants and animals found in its environment... They are also a good way to look at the river from a different perspective.
Since 2017, Myriam from Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes et Millière Raboton have been organising evenings combining boat rides and wine and food tastings on the river. For a unique and unforgettable experience, in a magical and majestic setting.
To get an idea of what those evenings can be like, here is a little video filmed by one of the pilots, on a lovely day of June 2018.
You are attracted by slow tourism and would like to discover the Loire Valley by bike? The area offers a great variety of cycling roads - the most famous of all being the 'Loire à Vélo' (the Loire by Bike), which is 900-km long. It starts in Cuffy, near Nevers, and ends in Saint-Brévin-les-Pins, in the Loire-Atlantique department, near the Atlantic ocean. However, more bike roads, closer to where we offer our Loire Wine Tours (for example the 'Cher à Vélo' or the 'Indre à Vélo', from the names of the rivers along which these roads will take you) will allow you to discover the region without having to travel long distances.
If you can't bring your own bike with you when travelling in the Loire Valley, several companies rent bikes to tourists. For our bike rides and wine tastings in the vineyard, we partner with Loire Valley Cycling, a company based in Civray-de-Touraine, near Chenonceaux. People have the choice to start their bike tours from their shop in the village or to have bikes delivered to the places where they are staying in the area.
You are planning on visiting the Sancerre area - a region called Centre Loire when it comes to wine? Book your wine tour with Laure Juvet, a wine specialist who will uncover for you all the secrets of the area - and in particular the fact that Sancerre is only one of the 8 AOCs that are produced in that region!
You want to travel at you own pace, feel free and avoid the pressure of hotel reservations? Why not rent a van during your holidays in the Loire Valley? Whether there are 2 or 4 of you travelling together, you will enjoy freedom, beautiful landscapes and nature... and why not, have the opportunity to sleep at the wine-grower's or even in the vineyard !
Discover unique tastings around the world with Tasting Escapes! Choose your location and this booking platform will find for you all the food, beer, wine and spirit tastings offered in the area you are staying at or are going to visit. A great website to find wonderful local tasting tours and activities and to meet locals that will share their passion for their product and region with you.
You want to learn more about the Loire Valley wines? Here is the website you should visit!
It is owned by InterLoire, which is an interprofessional organisation working for all the AOCs in the Loire Valley and whose goal is to promote the Loire Valley wines in France and abroad.
The website provides information about the wines produced all along the Loire river, but you'll also find tips to learn how to taste wine, quizzes and games about the Loire wines and vineyards, and also addresses of wineries to visit...
Between the cities of Amboise and Tours, on either side of River Loire, the towns of Montlouis-sur-Loire and Vouvray are ideally located if you want to discover the Loire Valley and its chateaux. The surrounding villages will also offer a lot of places to stay and a lot of wine cellars to visit, as the two areas are famous worldwide for their white sparkling and still wines.
The website of the tourist office will allow to find the perfect place to stay, eat, go out... Lots of addresses are to be found, and for some of them, online
booking is possible. You'll also be able to find all the events happening on this territory, made of 10 picturesque towns and villages.
On this website, you will find everything you need to know to prepare your holidays in or near Amboise. This beautiful town, famous for its chateau and for hosting Leonardo da Vinci's last home, welcomes about 1 million visitors a year. Yet it remains an ideal place to enjoy one's holidays, to get some rest and to visit, at your own pace, the numerous chateaux located in the surrounding area.
Lots of ideas to prepare your stay in Tours and in the Touraine region: guided tours, exhibitions, festivals, concerts... and wine tours of course! Also lots of addresses where to sleep, eat, have a drink... And sometimes the possibility to book activities and tours online.