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Vignobles & Découvertes: Chinon, Bourgueil, Azay

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    The Vignobles & Découvertes label aims to provide quality services and visits catering to wine tourism. The label appeals to a customer base that appreciates the world of wine without necessarily being connoisseurs, and offers a range of quality services: accommodation, cultural sites, leisure activities, cellar tours, restaurants, exploration of natural spaces, events and more.

    Eight destinations in Loire Valley have been awarded the labelVal de Loire, Amboise - Val de Loire, Chenonceau - Vallée du Loir - Chinon, Bourgueil, Azay - Saumur, Val de Loire -  Vallée du Layon -  Muscadet Loire Océan - Angers Loire Valley.

    Destination: Chinon, Bourgueil, Azay

    The Loire Valley is famous the world over for its history, châteaux and wines. Since 2000, the Loire Valley has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites as a “Living cultural landscape”.

    The “Chinon, Bourgueil, Azay” destination is situated between Tours and Saumur, at the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park, whose landscapes have been fashioned since time immemorial by man and his expertise.

    Bounded by major tourist gateways (the Abbey of Fontevraud to the west, the châteaux de Langeais and Villandry to the east, and the towns of Richelieu and Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine to the south), the destination covers four appellations (Bourgueil, Chinon, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and Touraine Azay-le-Rideau).

    The “Chinon, Bourgueil, Azay” wine tourism destination offers a rich selection of some forty partner cellars open to tourists and twenty or so accommodation options, along with a choice of a dozen restaurants serving traditional cuisine as well as set menus suggesting wine pairing.

    Visitors will be welcomed by the tourist offices of Pays de Chinon, Pays de Bourgueil, Pays d’Azay le Rideau and Pays de Richelieu.

    In the region, they will discover key sites such as the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau and Royal Fortress of Chinon, and will be able to enjoy a number of activities linked to wine and events that highlight the local know-how.

Things to see

Point of interest

  • Rendez-vous at the Royal Fortress of Chinon

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    Overlooking the River Vienne, the Royal Fortress of Chinon was built by the Count of Blois, Thibaut I, and serves as a reminder of the period when the history of France and that of England were intimately linked.
  • Rendez-vous at the Abbey of Fontevraud

    © A.Cantreau/Région Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

    Visit the Abbey of Fontevraud in the Pays de la Loire region, considered as one of the greatest monastic cities in Europe, and royal necropolis of the Plantagenet Dynasty.
  • Rendez-vous at the Château of Azay-le-Rideau

    © Centre des monuments nationaux - Philippe Berthé

    The Château of Azay-le-Rideau, the refinement of an early Renaissance château reflected in water.  
  • Rendez-vous at the Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley

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    The Château de Brézé is a unique establishment. As well as having the deepest dry moats in Europe, it is also home to a vast underground network.
  •  Rendez-vous at the Château of Langeais

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    At the border between Anjou and Touraine, Château de Langeais comprises two exceptional buildings: the Foulques Nerra tower and the castle of Louis XI. The former is the oldest keep in France, while the latter is double-faceted: feudal on the town side, with its drawbridge still in perfect working condition, and Renaissance in style on the courtyard side.
  • Rendez-vous in Saumur

    © Christophe Petiteau

    Saumur is especially known for it's school of cavalry, castles, history, wines, religious buildings, and natural splendor.
  • Vignobles & Découvertes: Saumur, Val de Loire

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    Along the Loire châteaux route, Saumur - City of Art and History - is the equestrian capital of France and a Mecca of fine food and wine at the heart of a rich wine-producing region.
  • Rendez-vous at the Château of Saumur

    © Richard Garratt

    The Château of Saumur is the last example of a princely palace built by the Valois Dynasty.
  •  Rendez-vous at the Château and gardens of Villandry

    © JSMutschler_CRTCentreValdeLoire

    Villandry was the last of the great Loire Châteaux to be built in the Renaissance period. Boasting remarkable harmony in its architecture and its gardens, the estate is famous most of all for its grounds, set on three levels and combining aesthetic beauty, diversity and harmony.
  • Rendez-vous at the Cadre Noir of Saumur

    © Le Cadre Noire/Alain Laurioux

    Enter the corridors of a unique school in France where the instructors are none other than the celebrated ecuyers of the Cadre Noir.
  • Rendez-vous at the Château of Oiron

    © Centre des monuments nationaux - Philippe Berthé

    The unique Château of Oiron houses a marvellous collection of art and curiosities.
  • Rendez-vous along La Loire à Vélo

    © Nautilus-Nantes

    The Loire à Vélo is a unique circuit for bike lovers to enjoy according to their desires, at ease or in competition, in couples or with children.
  • Rendez-vous in Touraine Loire Valley

    © David Darrault - CDT Touraine

    In Touraine, everything may begin with a wonderful meal. Within the gardens of Touraine, nature is abundant, and thus the meals here reflect that richness by utilizing all the plentiful local products.
  • Rendez-vous in Tours

    © F.CHarel/ CRT Centre-Val de Loire

    Known as the “garden of France”, this blossoming green city is situated close to the Loire Valley, with its beautiful châteaux set among rolling green pastures and vineyards.
  • Rendez-vous at the Cloister of la Psalette in Tours

    © Philippe Berthé / Centre des monuments nationaux

    The Cloître de la Psalette, which means choir cloister, was given this name as one of its rooms was used for practising religious chant in the Middle Ages.