When it comes to Loire Valley wine tours departing from Paris and just lasting for the day, there is no shortage of destinations. We suggest one of two areas: the Vouvray-Montlouis sector next to Tours or the Sancerre-Pouilly area of the Nievre. There is a lot to be said for both. Either way, these Loire Valley wine tours take you on a two hour drive from Paris to some of the most attractive and renowned wine producing areas of France, in a delightful full day excursion.
A Loire Valley wine tour of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume treats you to the pleasures of dry wines made from the sauvignon blanc grape in a limestone-rich terroir that can produce astonishing and rarely-seen complexity for this grape. We will take you to such domains as those of Didier Dagueneau near Pouilly sur Loire and Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol, near Sancerre. We suggest one wine estate visit in each appellation, separated by a memorable country meal, such as at the La Tour in Sancerre.
Our Loire Valley wine tour of Vouvray and Montlouis explores the world of the chenin blanc grape in clay and gravel soil above the tuffeau (a soft limestone found abundantly in the region), near the Loire River, where the wines can be either dry or sweet. We take you to the domains of Huet l’Echansonne in Vouvray and Francois Chidaine in Montlouis. We also recommend a delightful lunch at a seductive bistro such as ‘le Sainte Honore’ in Tours, or at the ‘Auberge du Bon Laboureur’ in Chenonceaux.
As the setting for this tour is in the most romantic and royal part of the Loire Valley, we can limit the wine tastings to two, to reserve some time to also visit a chateau, such as at near-by Amboise, or even Leonardo da Vinci’s last home, Le Clos-Luce.
For more information about our Loire Valley wine tours or to schedule your excursion, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.