TASTEVIN GROUP WINE TOUR
LOIRE VALLEY – FRANCE
« A CHATEAU IMMERSION »
OCTOBER 18 – 26, 2014
The vineyards of the Loire Valley are strung along the longest and prettiest river in France, extending 650 miles from its origin in the Massif Central to the Artlantic Ocean. Known as the Vale of the Loire, and the Garden of France, majestic chateaux and stout fortresses decorate the landscape.
You have read about towns and cities line Amboise, Tours, Angers & Orleans (Jeanne d’Arc) in your history books, but now you can discover their real glories – the kind made from grapes – which have been grown here for over 2000 years. The eastern area close to Burgundy is renowned for its white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé), and for elegant red wines from Pinot Noir. The central area (Touraine & Anjou) specializes in white wines made from Pineau de Loire/Chenin Blanc (Vouvray, Savennieres, Anjou, Quart de Chaumes) and for sparkling wines made by the Methode Champenoise. This part of the Valley is the only region in the world that specializes in luscious red wines made from Cabernet Franc (Chinon, Bourgeuil, St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil) … and perhaps you are already familiar with delicious Rosé d’Anjou!
History has left indelible impressions in this region, from Troglodyte caves & villages – still in use – to the grandiose chateaux that have sheltered royalty over the centuries. We will not only visit chateaux that are historical monuments, but we will experience the “chateau life” by staying in some that have been beautifully preserved as hotels. This will be the ultimate “royal” experience!
This trip is already 70% full, so don’t delay sending in your reservation. You can cancel until June 15 if you change your mind.