Châteaux and vineyards
Wine tourism and discovery of the Loire Valley heritage go hand in hand. Many château have their own wine-making estates, including Brissac, Brézé, Valmer, Nitray, Fontenay and Chenonceau. Don't miss out on a visit to these renowned châteaux, where wine is part of the culture.
The wine-making estates of the Châteaux of Brissac and Brézé
The tallest château in France, the Château of Brissac and its sumptuous interiors is literally surrounded by vines. Here, you can enjoy tasting its delicious AOC wines: Anjou Villages Brissac for the reds and Rosé d’Anjou and Rosé de Loire for the rosés.
A little further on, the Château of Brézé boasts the deepest dry moat in Europe and also conceals a huge underground gallery containing wine presses and cellars. The wines produced here can be tasted at the end of your visit! There are plenty of varieties to try out: Cabernet de Saumur, Coteaux de Saumur, Crémant de Loire, Saumur Blanc, Saumur Brut and Saumur Rouge.
Another wine-producing château is Montreuil-Bellay which uses its own grapes to make wine aged in its 15th-century cellars.
The wines of the châteaux of Valmer, Nitray, Fontenay and Chenonceau
The Château of Valmer also produces high-quality wines, including Touraine Rosé and Vouvray, which can be dry, semi-dry or sweet. The park and its terrace gardens follow the curve of the hill and overlook the Brenne, one of the Loire's numerous tributaries.
In the Cher Valley, the Château of Nitray is a splendid example of Renaissance architecture. It also has a large English-style park, a vineyard dating from the 15th century and a museum of vines and wine! Here, you can visit the cellars, see the traditional bottling system and enjoy tasting its white, red and rosé wines of the AOC Touraine appellation.
Between Chenonceau and Amboise, you can also explore the Château of Fontenay which is surrounded by 12 hectares of vines, cultivated by an estate whose reds, rosés and whites are well worth a taste. Experience the life of a chateau owner in one of the Estate's four guest rooms.
Last but not least, head to the Château of Chenonceau where you can enjoy sampling the Touraine-Chenonceaux wines produced in the cellar of Père Auguste. These red and white wines come from a historic vineyard covering 42 hectares, stretching from the village of Civray de Touraine to the area surrounding of the famous château itself.
also to discover