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Grape Harvest Tour

Chinon and Bourgueil, OR Touraine region.
per person €440
  • Winery visit / tasting
  • 8 Hours
  • Lunch included
  • Tour guide
  • Top rated


Grape Harvest Tour

The autumn is a delightful time to visit the Loire Valley. Mild weather, fewer crowds, autumn leaf colours and wild mushrooms are some of the attractions. Come any time from mid-September until mid October to be sure of witnessing the grape harvest or vendanges.

The official date of the beginning of the harvest is set by the local authorities and will vary each year according to weather conditions. From when the first blossoms emerge to the harvesting of the grapes takes around 100 days. Wine growers will be looking for peak ripeness by studying sugar, acidity and tannin levels to determine the exact date for each parcel and each variety in their vineyard.

Picking may be by hand or by machine and you will see both. We will witness the arrival of grapes at the winery and smell the result as the grape juice turns to wine. With luck, there will be Bernache, partly fermented grape juice, to taste and en primeur wine afterwards. In good years, late harvest sweet wines will be produced in some appellations.

This is one of the most exciting periods in the vineyard but calls for a little understanding and discretion: everyone is very busy at this time of the year and some will be too busy to see us.

What's included

"All -inclusive" full day tour pricing and availability : €440 per person including local pickup. Minimum 2 people. Tours available September and October - please contact us to check availablity. The grape harvest season varies each year by as much as a month and is impossible to predict in advance. Picking may have finished when you come, but there will be lots of activity in the wineries.

  • Comfortable BMW vehicle
  • English expert guide
  • Lunch (medium priced restaurant)
  • Winery visits and guided tasting
  • Loire Valley Wine Tour goodie bag
  • Bottled water
  • Opportunity to buy and ship wines
  • Pick-up and return to your hotel or railway station - please check that you are within our pick-up area
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Ideal for novice or expert tasters

What's NOT included

  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to and from pickup location
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extras (see side panel)


Mid Sept to Mid Oct
Monday - Sunday 9.30 - 17.30
Mid March to Early Sept
Monday - Sunday Not Available
Mid November to Mid March
Monday - Sunday Closed


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