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Museums dedicated to wines and vines

The Musée du Vignoble Nantais (Nantes Vineyard Museum), the Musée de la Vigne et du Vin d’Anjou (Museum of the Vines and Wines of Anjou) and the tour of the Caves Monmousseau (Monmousseau cellars) will plunge you into the heart of the history of the vines and châteaux. They offer entertaining visits which are equally suitable for adults and children, for whom there are specially designed activities. Here, you can discover all the secrets of different winemaking techniques.
 

The Musée du Vignoble Nantais 


In the Musée du Vignoble Nantais in Le Pallet, you can investigate all the secrets of the vine through a large collection of objects. A testament to the terroir and the expertise of its wine-growers over the centuries, these exhibits trace the cycle of winemaking, from planting the vine to tasting the wine.

In the Conservatoire des cépages (Conservatory of grape varieties), where some 15 varieties of Nantes vines flourish, you will discover the history of landscapes, soils and vines, including ancient varieties like Noah, Berligou and Othello, as well as current varieties planted and made into wine by the vine growers.

At the wheel of a miniature tractor, children will be able to learn about the job of the winemaker in an entertaining way.

Find out more about the musée du Vignoble Nantais
 

The Musée de la Vigne et du Vin d’Anjou    


The world of the vine is perfectly illustrated at the Musée de la Vigne et du vin d’Anjou in Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay.

Winemakers' work is a central theme of the museum and a whole itinerary is dedicated to them, called "Des outils et des hommes" (Tools and men). Listen to them telling you about their skills through recordings available at the audio terminals.

The museum also illustrates the history of the terroirs and the barrels and presses required for making wine. There is even a special visit for children, called "Les clefs du musée" (The keys to the museum). The museum always has something new and interesting to reveal throughout the year thanks to its many events, including dramatised visits and concerts with tastings.

Find out more about the musée de la Vigne et du Vin d'Anjou


Tour of the Caves Monmousseau, combining wine, art and history

 
A few minutes from Chenonceau, the Caves Monmousseau have been applying their skills and knowledge in sparkling wines for 130 years. Boldness is the key to this tour of 15 km of tunnels. Discover a visit organised into three stages: admire the exceptional view of the hillsides overlooking the Cher, then, accompanied by music, enter the start of 450 metres of illuminated tunnels offering a unique perspective of the great châteaux of the Loire, and trace the history and origin of the white tuffeau limestone used to build them. After this trip you will be introduced to the secrets of great sparkling wine, which underpin the ancestral reputation of Monmousseau.