Vignobles & Découvertes : Vallée du Loir
The Vignobles & Découvertes label aims to provide quality visits and services on the theme of wine. 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, activities and leisure, cellars to visit, restaurants, exploration of natural spaces, events, etc.
Seven destinations in 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.Destination : Vallée du Loir
The “Vallée du Loir” destination reveals itself through the poetry of the banks of the Loir (in particular by following in the footsteps of the poet Pierre de Ronsard), the parks and gardens, vines and forests, and through excursions by bike or on foot, bathing in lakes or in swimming pools, festivals and amusement parks.
The River Loir, more discreet and intimate than its big sister the Loire, flows through a valley illuminated by the whiteness and clarity of freestone.
Cave dwellings are highly developed in this region (houses, wine cellars), as is wine production (Jasnières, Anjou, Coteaux-du-Loir and Coteaux-du-Vendômois AOCs). The Châteaux in the Loire Valley are real architectural masterpieces that offer a wonderful moment of discovery to visitors who are privileged to explore them.
The destination offers a selection of ten or so cellars open to tourists, a dozen accommodation options, along with a choice of nine restaurants serving traditional cuisine with food and wine recommendations. Visitors will be welcomed by the tourist offices of Pays de Vendôme, Montoire-sur-le-Loir and Loir et Bercé, or by a choice of two partner tourist centres.
Visitors will be able to discover heritage sites such as Camuta, the Maison de l’Homme and the forest, or the Val-Saint-André mushroom cellar and can enjoy a number of activities linked to wine available in several languages, along with events that highlight the region and its know-how.
More information :Loir Valley Development Agency