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Vignobles & Découvertes: Val de Loire, Chenonceau

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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: Val de Loire, Chenonceau

    The Loire Valley brings together the valleys of the Rivers Lot and Cher in a remarkable region distinguished by its gentle way of life and its vineyards

    Widely preserved natural landscapes, the architectural heritage and its local produce make it a rich and diverse area nestled around the Cher, which forms the historic link between the region’s districts.

    The châteaux, gardens, windmills, loges de vignes shelters, troglodytic houses, locks and lock houses are each more beautiful than the next, allowing visitors to discover this region off the beaten track.

    Rising above both sides of the Cher valley, the wine-growing hillsides are renowned for their quality with 3 AOCs: Touraine AOC, Montlouis-sur-Loire AOC, and Touraine-Chenonceaux AOC. 

    The “Val de Loire, Chenonceau” destination offers visitors a selection of 26 cellars providing still and sparkling white, rosé and red wines, a choice of around 50 distinctive accommodation options, and 22 restaurants serving traditional cuisine based on regional produce.



    A prestigious, world-renowned heritage also awaits them: the Château de ChenonceauChâteau de BourdaisièreChâteau du Gué Péan or the Donjon of the former fortress of Montrichard and theChâteau de Montpoupon.

Things to see

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  • Christmas at the châteaux

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    From December 01, 2015 to January 06, 2017
    Amboise and Chenonceau have led the way with a “Story of Christmas through the centuries” experience and stunning decorations.

Point of interest

  • Rendez-vous at the Château of Chenonceau

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    A focal point of civilisation and sharing, Château de Chenonceau has a collection of paintings by masters, a veritable pinacotheca worthy of the greatest museums... and a remarkable set of Flemish tapestries.
  • Rendez-vous at the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci

    © Darrault

    At the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo Da Vinci, discover the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, and enjoy a unique experience as you wander through the garden of the famous engineer, operating his giant machines.
  • Vignobles & Découvertes: Val de Loire, Amboise

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    In the immediate vicinity of Tours and some fifteen kilometres from Blois, the destination’s identity is based on widely preserved natural landscapes, the architectural quality of its building heritage along with its gentle pace of life, as well as being highly influenced by the presence of the Loire and its vineyards.
  • Rendez-vous at the Royal Chateau of Amboise

    © L. de Serres. Fondation Saint-Louis

    In a Paris time, in the heart of the Loire Valley, World heritage, discover the Royal Chateau of Amboise, where Francois 1st hosted Leonard de Vinci.
  • Rendez-vous at the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire

    © Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

    On the banks of the River Loire, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is open all year round for visits to its château, its grounds and, from April to October, the not-to-be-missed Festival International des Jardins.
  • Rendez-vous at the Royal City of Loches

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    The fortified town of Loches is overlooked by an imposing keep, a masterpiece of medieval military architecture.
  • Rendez-vous at the Château of Fougères-sur-Bièvre

    © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

    A small fortified castle built in the second half of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th, Fougères is the perfect example of the art of rural buildings.
  • 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.
  • Rendez-vous along La Loire à Vélo

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    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 to the Park & Château de Beauregard

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    Come and visit the Park and Château of Beauregard, located about 20 minutes from Chambord, and have fun at this Renaissance castle, declared a Historical Monument, with a 40 acre landscaped park.  
  • Rendez-vous at the royal Château of Blois

    © F.Lauginie

    Discover the Royal Chateau of Blois, the gateway to the Loire Valley.
  • Rendez-vous at the Domain of Cheverny

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    Renowned as the most magnificently furnished of all the Loire Châteaux, Cheverny boasts astonishingly rich decoration and variety of furniture.
  •  Rendez-vous at the Château and gardens of Villandry

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    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.
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