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Colin and Marie-Chantal

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Colin and Marie-Chantal - wine tour, chateaux and garden guides

"We love showing off this region, it has so much to offer: the gentle climate and countryside, centuries of history and culture, the food and wine. The wine itself is a joy, so helping people discover it is a pleasure."

Some words about us

We are passionate about the Loire Valley, its chateaux, gardens, lifestyle and, of course, its wines. Garden designers in another life, Colin also teaches at the Garden Design Academy. One of his favourite courses is aimed at budding wine-makers and vineyard owners, which attracts students from around the world.

Vineyards and Wine

Touring and tasting with visitors is our of our great pleasures and as French speakers we are on hand to translate as required. During tours we like to explain the art, craft and science behind the wines you will be sampling. We have our favourites, of course, but it is the range of wines produced here which is so exciting. Natural enthusiasts, we are told that our excitement is infectious!


We are also fascinated by the history and culture of this region of France and are aways glad to pass on what we have learned about the towns and villages we pass through on our tours. An ancient region whose history goes back into the mists of time, the Renaissance period in the 16thC left an indelible mark on the Loire Valley, with its chateaux and other historic buildings. We take the time to show you these during most of our tours.

Spoken languages

Colin was born in the UK in the south of England while Marie-Chantal is French, from Bordeaux. We speak both languages fluently. Having visited France throughout our 40 years of marriage, we eventually relocated definitively in 2010.

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Keen wine enthusiasts, Colin and Marie-Chantal trained with the professional body, the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, taking their knowledge to another level. Marie-Chantal has a Diploma in Tourism and worked for many years with airlines, travel agents as well as running her own B&B.

"Wine lovers dream"

The Loire Valley produces wine in a wide range of colours and styles. Our tours give you a unique opportunity to taste these wines, look at the production facilities and often meet the owners. As enthusiasts ourselves, we make a point of seeking out the best.

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