Since 2014 and the creation of company, the development of our wine tours has triggered many encounters. Here are the companies and organisations we have partnered with, and the producers and shops we buy local delicacies from to serve during our wine tastings.
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 feel like organising an at-home wine tasting while staying in the Loire Valley? You can contact Anne Ruilier, who is a sommelier, on my behalf. We were colleagues when I worked at the Maison des Vins de Loire in 2013-2014, and since then, we have become very good friends. Anne, who speaks English, can come to your home to host wine tastings on various topics, depending on your desires and your budget.
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 learn more about the Loire Valley wines? Here is the website you should visit!
It is owned by InterLOire, an interprofessional organisation working for all the AOCs of 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 made from Chenin Blanc.
The website of the tourist office will allow you 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 find all the events happening on this territory, made of 10 picuresque 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.
Many tourists and visitors enjoy the local food served during our wine tastings. At the end of the wine tours, not only do they often buy wine but they also wish to take with them some local specialties to enjoy while in the Loire Valley or to bring back home at the end of their holidays. Here are the local producers and shops we buy local delicacies from.
- Loire fish rillettes : at La balade gourmande in Tours ou Galland Terroirs in Amboise - 2 delicatessen shops selling local products.
- Goat cheese 'Sainte Maure de Touraine' and cow's cheese 'Petit Trôo' : 'Ô panier gourmand', a grocer's in Vernou-sur-Brenne
- Rillons, terrines et various charcuteries : charcuterie Derré in nazelles-Négron
- Rillettes de Tours (pork rillettes): charcuterie Narcisse Deniau on the Vouvray market on Friday mornings
- Nougat de Tours : boulangerie-pâtisserie Rivero in Vouvray
- Macarons de Cormery : directly at boulangerie-pâtisserie 'Aux vrais macarons' in Cormery (a village south of Tours) or at La balade gourmande in Tours or Galland Terroirs in Amboise.