The Loire Valley region is the second largest producer of sparkling wine in France, next to Champagne. Made in exactly the same way as Champagne, the wine is fermented twice, the second occurring in the bottle and giving rise to the all important bubbles.
In this region a variety of grapes can be used to make sparkling wine, or “fins bulles”, as it is often called, the varieties being controlled by law depending on the Appellation.
Our tour concentrates on an area east and south of Tours, the capital city of the region. Up river close to Tours is Vouvray, with wine growing dating back nearly two thousand years, when St. Martin brought it to the region. Here they use the Chenin Blanc grape, known locally as Pineau de la Loire, for their sparkling wine, both Vouvray Mousseux and the less bubbly Pétillant.
Montlouis-sur-Loire on the opposite bank of the Loire must also use Chenin Blanc exclusively, so like Vouvray they can only be white, while Touraine sparkling wine makers can select from a number of varieties and can be white, rosé or, more rarely, red.
Finally we have Crémant de Loire, which are produced over a wide area and may be white or rosé. Our tour will introduce you to these fabulously good value wines during an entertaining day discovering the region.
"All-inclusive" full day tour pricing and availability : €440 per person including local pickup. Minimum 2 people. Tours available all year 'round - please contact us to check availablity.
|Mid March to Mid November|
|Monday - Sunday||9.30 - 17.30|
|Mid November to Mid March|
|Monday - Sunday||Closed|