Half Day wine Tours in the loire valley

Get off the beaten path and spend a few hours with a local guide in the vineyard of the Loire Valley to discover the winemaker's work throughout the year and to learn about vine-growing, wine-making and wine tasting.

Not only does Myriam, the wife and granddaughter of winemakers, share with you her passion for her native region and for wine, but she is also eager to have you live a unique and unforgettable experience by welcoming you at her family's winery at the heart of the Loire Valley.

 

The following prices are valid from January 1st to December 31st 2019.

'From vine to wine' - €39.99/person

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Do you know how to make a sweet wine, or a rosé and a red wine? What about the bubbles in a sparkling wine?...  This complete wine experience at the heart of a family winery - a guided wine tour run by Myriam, a wine professional and the wife of the owner and winemaker - will allow you to discover the whole wine-making process, from grape to wine.

 

This 3-hour tour starts with a guided walk in the vineyard of Vouvray, to learn about 'AOCs' and this area of production in particular, about vine-growing and the vinegrower's work in the vines throughout the year. This is where everything starts - no good wine can be made without growing quality grapes in the first place!

We will then tour the family-owned winery and the rock-hewn cellar to learn about vinification, ageing and the traditional method, which is the process we use to make our sparkling wines. Depending on the date of your visit, you may be able to attend wine-bottling, disgorgement, labelling or even machine or hand harvest?

We will finish the tour with a tutored tasting of 6 Vouvray/Touraine/Loire wines served with slate boards of local food to learn about food and wine pairing.

 

This wine tour is adapted to both beginners or wine amateurs (we've already had American sommeliers joining this tour). Our speech is adapted to everyone's knowledge about wine.

 

In case you are a vegetarian or eat gluten-free food, please let us know in advance so that we can adapt the local delicacies served during the wine tasting to your diet.

From vine to wine: €39.99/person

What the price includes:

- a guided walk in the vineyard (about 2 km)

- a visit of the winery

- a tour of the rock-hewn cellar

- a tutored tasting of 6 Vouvray/Touraine/Loire wines

- local finger food served with the wines

 

3-hour tour - All year, on reservation

'From vine to wine' tours in winter

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You're visiting the Loire Valley in winter? Why not join the 'From vine to wine' tour during your stay in the area?

People often think visiting the vineyard is not so interesting in the winter time, as there are no leaves on the vines and no grapes to see or taste.  Indeed, but there is still a lot to show and to learn! Winter is a busy time for the vinegrowers, as it is pruning time. Which means you may be lucky and be able to see workers pruning during your wine tour. Among other things, Myriam will explain how to prune, why pruning is so important... and the use of this strange wheelbarrow you can see in the picture. So wrap up warm and join us!

'A taste of the Loire' - €45/person

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Tasting of Loire wines served with regional finger food

You are a wine lover and want to learn about the Loire Valley vineyard and wines? You are a wine amateur interested in French and Loire Valley wines? You are visiting the Loire Valley but won't have time to cover all the different wine-making regions? This tour is made for you! It will allow to discover the diversity of the wines produced all along the Loire river.

 

We will start with a tour of the family-owned winery and rock-hewn wine cellar, to discover the traditional method and learn about AOC Vouvray. Then we will spend some time tasting 7 Loire wines with regional food. Most tours focus on one single region (if you go to Sancerre, you're likely to taste only Sancerre wines) whereas this wine tasting will allow you taste wines from 7 different appellations. This means you’ll get a good opportunity to get a more comprehensive understanding of the Loire Valley vineyard as a whole and to learn about the grape varieties, the types of soils and the AOCs (Denominations of Origin) in this region. The wine tasting will also allow you to learn how to read French wine labels.
 

If you are WSET certified or are preparing a WSET certification: it is possible to offer an even more thorough presentation of the Loire vineyard and its AOCs. After booking your tour, please send Myriam an email to ask for it.

In case you are a vegetarian or eat gluten-free food, please let us know in advance so that we can adapt the local delicacies served during the wine tasting to your diet.

A taste of the Loire: €45/person

What the price includes:

- a visit of the winery

- a tour of the rock-hewn cellar

- a tutored tasting of 7 Loire wines

- local finger food served with the wines

 

NB: there is no guided walk in the vineyard included in the 'Taste of the Loire' tour

 

3-hour session - All year, on reservation

'Gourmet stroll' - €29.99€/person

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Guided walk and wine tasting in the Vouvray vineyard

You're looking for an original, unique and off the beaten path experience in the Loire Valley vineyard? Come for a tasting amidst the vines of Vouvray!

 

Meet us at our family winery, Vignoble Alain Robert. We will start this tour with a guided walk in the vineyard, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to learn about AOC Vouvray, its specificities and requirements in terms of grape varieties, soils... as well as the different styles of wines produced in the area and the vinegrower's work throughout the year. We will then settle among the vines to taste 5 Vouvray and Touraine wines produced at the family winery and served with local delicacies. A wine game will be offered before the wine tasting to remind you about the techniques to taste wine. As we go back to the winery after the wine tasting, it will be possible for you to buy wine at cellar-door prices.

 

This wine tour is open to children from 6 years old - for more information, see below.

 

NB: in case you are a vegetarian or eat gluten-free food, please let us know in advance so that we can adapt the local delicacies served during the wine tasting to your diet.

Gourmet stroll: €29.99/person

What the price includes:

- a guided walk in the vineyard (about 3 km)

- a tutored tasting of 5 Vouvray/Touraine wines

- local finger food served with the wines

 

NB: there is no tour of the rock-hewn cellar included in the 'Gourmet stroll' tour. However in case the weather does not allow us to taste outside, the wine tasting would take place in the cellar.

 

3-hour tour - From May to September, on reservation

The gourmet stroll is open to children! 12.99€/child from 6 to 15 years old

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Fun and educational family wine and juice tasting in the Vouvray vineyard

Come with your family and spend an unforgettable moment in the vineyard!

The guided walk in the vines is the opportunity for children to take part in a scavenger hunt during which they learn about the vine and its components.

Sensory games for both grown-ups and children are organised before the wine tasting starts.

Young visitors have the opportunity to taste 4 fruit juices in dark glasses, while their parents taste wine. Everybody gets to enjoy the local food served on slate boards.

At the end of the tour, children are given an activity book including quizzes and games about vine-growing and wine-making.

 

 

NB: should you come with a very young child, note that the footpaths taken during the gourmet stroll are accessible to strollers/pushcarts.

Gourmet stroll: €12.99/child up to 16

What the price includes:

- a treasure hunt during the guided walk in the vineyard

- sensory games

- a blind tasting of 4 fruit juices in dark glasses

- local food served with the juices

- an activity book to take back home after the tour

 

3-hour tour - From May to September, on reservation

Looking for original and off-the-beaten path experiences in the Loire Valley?

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After your wine tour and wine tasting in the vineyard, why don't you spend the night in a cosy and comfortable yurt?

In our small village of Chançay, less than 10 minutes from our winery, Cathy et Jean-Pierre Bridonneau offer you to sleep in 2 yurts that they've built thembselves in their bucolic garden, near their former wine-maker's house. The vineyard is never very far!
We've tested for you and spent one night in one of their yurts. We've loved the experience! A comfortable and cosy housing, at the heart of a flowered and lush garden, delicious home-made breakfasts and 2 lovely hosts that will be happy to share a little bit of their lives with you. No hesitation if you look for off-the-beaten path experiences!