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.
Harvest 2020: the first grapes were cut on August 31st at the family winery, Vignoble Alain Robert. A very early date in the Loire Valley, where the harvest normally begins at the end of September. This article is meant to give you some explanations about the purpose and interest of hand harvest as opposed to machine harvest, and to share a beautiful video filmed by an American visitor who took part in one of our Loire Wine Tours at harvest time in September 2017.
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...
As we face an unprecedented international context due to Coronavirus, we support the global effort made to prevent the spread of the virus and the decision taken by the French government to impose a general lockdown in our country. At the moment, we are consequently not able to provide our Loire Wine Tours. A few words about the situation, the cancellations and their consequences...
Friday, March 20th 2020 : our pruning workshop had to be cancelled, due to the confinement measures taken by the French government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It'll be for next year now! Meanwhile, here is an article with some explanations about why and how vines should be pruned.
Let's cross the Channel and discover the English wine production! I had the opportunity, in December 2017, to visit a vineyard located 4 kilometers from the city of Bath, in Somerset, in the west of England. I will tell you a little more about the small vineyard and the wines - which I was able to taste - of Mumfords Vineyard, a wine estate managed by Tony and Margaret Cox since the 1980s.