Stroll in the vineyards

of Thoré-La-Rochette
© Vendôme Tourisme

From the old train station of Thoré-la-Rochette, you can take a short 2.2 km stroll through the vineyards.
An occasion to discover the Vendôme grapevines and the Côteaux du Vendômois AOP (PDO) with its emblematic Pineau d’Aunis variety.

Coteaux du Vendômois wine

Since the high Middle-Ages, vineyards have held a preponderant place in the Loir valley, its wine celebrated by Rabelais and Ronsard. King Henri IV, riding between La Flèche and Vendôme, discovered Jasnières wine and enjoyed it so much that he served it at the royal chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
A map from the time of King Louis XIV shows vineyards that are still here in the 20th century. Real progress has been made, and since the 70’s, the wine has improved and people have noticed.

The vineyards are located on the lime-stone slopes of the Loir. The flint soil and the low rainfall give the wine its remarkable character.

The wine-cellars have a constant temperature and stable humidity, ideal for the maturation of wine. In darkness and completely undisturbed, good bottles age in an incomparable way.

The vineyards’ lodges

The little houses in the vineyards of the Loir valley were used by wine-growers to store tools and stable horses before mechanization.

Because vineyards were often at a distance from their farms, wine-growers needed a place to eat lunch. So, these lodges were in use until the 1950s when tractors and cars replaced donkeys and horses.

Vignes Vins Randos (vineyard wine hikes)

The concept of The Loire Valley “Vignes Vins Randos” is to offer 17 wine tours in the vineyards of the Loire Valley with wine-growers, sharing their passion and expertise in a magnificent landscape and a rich heritage region labeled world patrimony by Unesco.

In a warm, convivial, instructive, relaxing and avid atmosphere, you will delight in a unique human and sensory experience.

Since 2019, the Côteaux du Vendômois vineyards have been part of the wine-growers’ program.

To check out the concept and prepare your participation in the next tour: september 4th & 5th 2021.

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