Auvergne is an area we don't necessarily think about when it comes to wine. However, there is a small vineyard in the Forez region, in the south of the Loire department: 150 hectares are planted at the foot of the Forez mountains, northwest of Saint Étienne, and allow the production of red wines under AOC Côtes du Forez. Although I didn't really fall in love with the vineyard landscapes of that area, the wines are really worth trying. Here is why.
Every spring, in May or June, you can probably see pictures of vine flowers posted on the social networks. It is because vine flowering is a real event for vinegrowers, as it gives them information about the future harvest dates. You'll find some explanations in this article, where we also discuss global warming and its impact on vinegrowing.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, slow tourism has become very popular. We feel in line with this kind of tourism, which can be defined as the art of travelling while taking one's time, favoring slow and low-polluting modes of transportation, meeting locals and enjoying local resources. In this article we explain why we feel our wine tours and wine tastings are part of this new way of travelling.
Every year, around mid-March, the professionals working in the tourist industry in the Loire Valley all meet to exchange. What do they exchange? You'll find the answer and more information in our article.
Autumn is back, and with it, the harvest season - grapes of course, but apples as well! This is the time to taste and bake a Loire Valley dessert: the winemaker's tart, originally from Chinon, is a light and crispy apple pie covered with wine jelly. I regularly serve it during the wine tastings and the picnics I organise in the vineyards. You will find it in many bakeries and pastry shops in Touraine.
If you come to the Loire Valley and take a wine tour, you will inevitably notice small houses, proudly standing in the middle of the vineyards - sometimes abandoned and in ruins, unfortunately. Vineyard lodges are the witnesses of past times, of another way of life - that of the local winegrowers until the end of WWII. Do not hesitate to walk in the vineyard (the footpaths are public) to discover these charming little buildings -some of them remain open - when visiting the Loire Valley.
October 30 th 2020: a new period of lockdown has been decided by the French government, which means our wine tours and wine tastings scheduled over the next few weeks have to be canceled. Here are some some information about postponements and possible refunds. And about the online wine tastings that we are now affering, and the possibility of treating your loved ones by offering gift vouchers that can be ordered online.
Our Loire Wine Tours will gradually resume from Monday May 11th. The sSafety of our visitors during our visits and hygiene during our wine tastings have always been part of our priorities for the last 6 years. However we will implement even stricter measures during the weeks and months to come, so as to allow you to live a stressful and serene experience in the vineyard. More information in this article.
Wild tulips in the vineyard of Vouvray, in the Loire Valley, are a protected species and a beautiful sight to discover every spring. More information in this article, published in a particular context...