Vignobles & Découvertes

of the Loir Valley
©le travail du vigneron

The wines of the Loir Valley

From Vendôme to Château-du-Loir, the south-facing vineyards give the best of their grape varieties, including the iconic Pineau d’Aunis. Coteaux du Vendômois, Coteaux du Loir, and Jasnières offer remarkable talents ranging from white to red, through “gris” (as it is called here) and rosé.

The vineyard is located on the limestone hillsides overlooking the corridor. The flint soil and the low rainfall give the wines a remarkable typicity.

The vineyard is doing wonderfully well. The cellars with their almost constant temperature, their permanent humidity, are perfec for the maturation of the wines. It is in the dark and absolute rest that the good bottles ripen in an incomparable way.

Coteaux du Vendômois wines

Since the early Middle Ages, the vineyard has occupied a prominent place in the Loir Valley, whose wines Rabelais and Ronsard celebrated. Henri IV straddling between La Flèche and Vendôme enjoyed the Jasnières until it was served at the Château royal de Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The Vineyards & Discoveries label

The Vignobles & Découverte label (2009) is awarded for a period of 3 years by Atout France, to a destination with a tourist and wine vocation offering a wide range of complementary tourist products (accommodation, catering, cellar visit and tasting, museum, event,…) and allowing the customer to facilitate the organization of his stay and to guide him on qualified services.

All the cellars labeled “Caves Touristique” are certified “Vignobles et Découverte” wineries.

The “Tourist cellars” label

“Tourism Caves” is a network of 350 wineries that have adhered to a quality approach of reception in cellar led by InterLoire with the institutions of tourism and vineyards.

The 10 commitments of the operator:

1. Facilitating access to the holding and the place of reception

2. Meet fixed opening hours during weekdays and weekends

3. Have effective means of communication to facilitate access to information in the field

4. Have a clean, equipped and secure reception area

5. Offer an educational tasting service by a qualified staff

6. Adhere to a code of conduct by recalling the rules on alcohol consumption (0.5g)

7. View prices, services and documentation on network operations and editions: the ‘Sur la route des vins de Loire’ menu and the ‘Routes des vins & villages de l’Anjou’ menu

8. Offer customer-friendly services

9. Be an integral part of the network

10. Accept the steps of evaluation and quality control of these commitments, inform InterLoire of updated information on your establishment

Vineyards Wines Randos

The concept? Wine Randos in Val de Loire, these are 17 tasty walks in the heart of the vineyards of the Loire Valley to go with family, friends or solo.

In the company of the winemakers, who come to share their passion and know-how, you can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the vineyards and the rich heritage of this region, classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and discover the secrets of the elaboration of its colorful wines.

In a friendly and warm atmosphere, pedagogy, relaxation and gourmet treats are at the rendezvous, for a unique human and sensory experience.

Since 2019, the Coteaux du Vendômois have been part of the wine-growing walking program.

Next edition: August 31 & September 1st, 2024

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