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Vignobles & Découvertes: Vallée du Loir

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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 the Loire Valley have been awarded the label: Val 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: Vallée du Loir

    The “Vallée du Loir” destination is described through poetry - and can be explored by following in the footsteps of the poet Pierre de Ronsard. The area also boasts beautiful parks and gardens, vineyards and forests, lakes, plus festivals and amusement parks.

    The Loir River, more discreet and intimate than its big sister the Loire, flows through a valley illuminated by the whiteness and clarity of freestone.

    Cave dwellings and wine cellars are highly developed in this region, as is wine production, including top names Jasnières, Coteaux-du-Loir and
    Coteaux-du-Vendômois AOCs. The Châteaux in the Loire Valley are real architectural masterpieces to explore. 

    Vallée du Loir has 10 cellars open to the public, 17 accommodations choices, and a range of 13 restaurants serving traditional cuisine. Visitors are welcomed by the tourist offices of Pays de Vendôme, Montoire-sur-le-Loir and Loir et Bercé.

    Visitors will be able to discover heritage sites such as Camuta, the Maison de l’Homme and its forest, or the Val-Saint-André mushroom cellar. Visitors can also enjoy a number of activities linked to wine, along with events that highlight the region and its savoir-faire. 

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Things to see

Point of interest

  •  Rendez-vous at the Château of Langeais

    © LChevalier_CRTCentreValdeLoire

    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 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 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.
  • 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 Domaine de la Tuffière

    © Jean-Sébastien Evrard

    Coignard and Benesteau families are pleased to welcome you on their cellars, which are an ancient Troglodyte cave cut from the Tuffeau stone.
  • 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 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.