Loire Valley Wines, from Sancerre to Chinon

Loire Valley Wines, from Sancerre to Chinon

The Loire Valley produces high quality wines in all styles. All the wines, whatever their color or style, share the characteristics that make Loire Valley wines unique: freshness, finesse and food friendliness.Logo CVDLLogo BIVCLogo Interloire

The wines and vines of the Loire Valley, from Sancerre to Chinon.An inside look at French lifestyle

From Touraine to Sancerre, alongside a royal river listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Loire vineyards are rich in exceptional wines boasting diversity and authenticity. They are an aspect of French lifestyle to be discovered in many ways thanks to the 1000 km of Loire Valley Tourist Wine Routes (from Sancerre to Chinon) along which the winegrowers will open the doors of their cellars and invite you to taste their world famous wines: Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Bourgueil, Chinon, Vouvray...Discover this diversity at the wineries, châteaux, inns, restaurants, gardens and villages... for an unforgettable holiday!How to get there?Set in the centre of France, the Loire Valley is easily accessible.By air : - London Stansted to Tours with Ryanair, 4 flights a week from 29 March to 28 October.- Dublin to Tours with Ryanair, 2 flights a week from 29 March to 28 October.http://www.tours.aeroport.fr/index_en.phpBy train:- Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Nord or Lille and frequent connecting services (high-speed train or regional trains) to the main cities (Orléans, Tours, Bourges…).- High-speed TGV directly from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city of Tours.

Holidays Ideas

Discovering the Sancerre Vineyard - Meeting with the locals in Sancerre - 2 days / 2 nights in a guest house

We inivite you to discover this vineyard which is renowned worldwide. The Sancerre area is famous for its wine but also for its Chavignol goat's cheese. You will be staying in a "3 épis" comfortable guest house (a B&B Gîtes de France®) where you will also enjoy delicious dinners.

Price: from 124.50€ per personThis offer includes: 2 nights in half-board, drinks, visit of the Maison des Sancerre, wine cellar visit with a tasting, visit of a goat's cheese producer.This offer does not include: transport, insurance cancellation and personal expenses.Offer valid from the 1st of April to the 31st of October 2010, and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Information & bookingLoisirs Accueil du Cherloisirsaccueil@cdt18.tvhttp://www.loisirs-accueil-cher.comTél : +33 2 48 48 00 185, rue de Séraucourt 18 000 BourgesClick here to book

Beautiful Stones, Good Wine - 2 days / 1 night

Far from crowds and major roads, amongst vineyards and wine cellars, a tour through green and pleasant landscapes, as varied as the land of the garden of France, inviting you to meet the inner Touraine of the local people, where one wants to linger.In the spirit of the legendary conviviality of the place, each wine grower knows how to help you discover "the latest little wine" or the unearth an old flask of the "divine nectar" which has made princes and kings dream and inspired many writers to sing its praises.You will stay in a character wine growing property.Day 1 * Arrival during the afternoon.* Visit the wine cellar in Cravant les Coteaux and wine tasting.* Unaccompanied visit of the Azay le Rideau Castle. Built on an island in the middle of the river Indre in the XVIth century, this castle has survived without any major alteration. Its brilliant architecture epitomises the new ideal of the Renaissance.* Dinner in a gastronomic restaurant, menu matching the right wine for each dish.* Acommodation in a Gîtes de France® B&B near Amboise.

Day 2* Visit of the property's wine cellar followed by wine tasting.* Unaccompanied visit of the Royal Château of Amboise. Following in the steps of great French kings, you will discover a prestigious château, bearing witness to Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Price: from 186€ per personThis offer includes: 1 night with breakfast in a B&B Gîtes de France®, 1 dinner in a gastronomic restaurant, drinks, wine cellar visits with 3 wine bottles per cellar and per person, access to the Amboise and Azay le Rideau castles.This offer does not include: lunches, transport and admin costs (16 €).Offer valid until the 31st of December 2010 and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Information & bookingContact: Virginie at Val de Loire Tourismehttp://www.valdeloire-tourisme.frsejours@valdeloire-tourisme.frTel: +33 (0)2 47 27 27 31Fax : +33 (0)2 47 48 13 39 75, avenue de la République - CS 6044337 174 Chambray-Les-ToursClick here to book

To get more information, please contact:

Loire Valley Regional Tourist Board 37, Avenue de ParisF - 45 000 OrléansTél : +33/ (0)2 38 79 95 28Fax : +33/(0) 2 38 79 95 10crtcentre@visaloire.com http://www.loirevalleytourism.comCentre Loire Wine Bureau9, route de ChavignolF - 18 300 SancerreTel : +33/ (0)2 48 78 51 07Fax : +33/ (0)2 48 78 51 08contact@vins-centre-loire.comwww.vins-centre-loire.com/enLoire Valley Wine Bureau 12, rue Etienne Pallu - BP 61921F - 37 019 Tours CédexTel : +33/ (0)2 47 60 55 00Fax : +33/ (0)2 47 60 55 09contact@vinsdeloire.fr www.vinsdeloire.eu


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