In the heart of the third largest wine-producing region in France, Touraine has around one hundred tourist cellars. Winery tours, oenology and tastings are some of the destination’s top attractions.
The subsoils, made up of white tuffeau chalk, calcareous-clay soil or “tufs”, produce ample, powerful wines. The dry whites are generally light and fresh, while the reds are light and fruity. Appellations such as Bourgueil, Chinon and Vouvray have long since spread beyond the country’s borders and are served in the top restaurants in the world. They reflect know-how and a genuine trademark specific to Touraine. You can count on passionate winemakers to help you discover the full range of wine produced. They think outside the box to personalise your immersion in vines and wines. For outdoor discoveries, attend “Vignes Vins Randos” on the first weekend in September. This wine tourism event offers walks in the appellation areas of the Loire Valley. Other options: follow the circular cycle routes through the vineyards, tour the immense troglodyte caves on an all-terrain segway, or why not put your minds to the test with Pierre and Bertrand Couly’s surprising escape game in Chinon, where you become a winegrower through a rather unusual interview...
During an oenological day in Touraine, learn about the knowledge and tasting of wines in an appellation in Touraine.
Workshop of knowledge of the Wine and its tasting
Explore the Loire Valley wine route and its vineyards, full of tradition and passion! Visit 2 superb estates of the Vouvray Appellation, admire the wonderful vineyard landscapes and learn how to taste these elegant wines produced from one of the most well-known terroir of the Val de Loire area!
2.00 pm: Start at the Tourist Office in Tours and get into our minivan, off to Vouvray! Discover this beautiful wine area full of passion-driven winegrowers!
Meet a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate! Visit the traditional vat room where hundreds of barrels are lined up (bring your coat, it is cold in the vat room).
During this visit, you will improve your knowledge regarding wine-making and of course wine-tasting! The terroir of this wine area and its main grape variety of Chenin blanc, allows the production of elegant white wines, dry, sweet or sparkling!
After this, your guide will drive you to a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. Stroll inside it's impressive troglodyte galleries. Dug in the hills, these undergound tunnels are part of Loire Valley's historical heritage. Needless to say that these long galleries are ideal to store wine today... Discover all the secrets of elaboration of the wines from this ancient historical house, still using the "méthode traditionnelle".
All along the afternoon, your will get to know and understand better the diversity of Loire Valley wines. « Intense color, fruity aromas, palate full of minerals… » Oops!! What is this all about?! Your guide will help you to learn the different steps of wine-tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. Benefit from our tips and tricks and taste like a pro!
6.30pm: Back to the Tourist Office in Tours
During this half day wine-tour you will be introduced to the diversity of the Loire Valley wines guided by Vincent (VinoLoire expert who works in the local wine industry for more than 20 years).
This tour include two very different wineries to understand the winemaking process, to explore outstanding cellars and caves and to taste an extensive range of wines representative of the Touraine region.
1:30 pm: Pick up in Tours, transport in a comfortable minivan.
Visit in Touraine vineyard
Since 2016, VinoLoire is a reference in Loire Valley wine tours starting from Tours city. As a wine professional for more than 20 years, Vincent will guide you with passion and will share his knowledge.
This wine tour is a great introduction to the Loire Valley wines with a visit in the Vouvray vineyard and an extensive tasting of a variety of Loire valley wines (Chinon, Touraine, Bourgueil, ...)
9:00 am: Pick up at the tourist office of Tours. Transport in a confortable minivan.
Visit in Vouvray vineyard
Tours is brimming with fantastic restaurants, most with two sittings per evening, giving you plenty of time to make the most of the paved pedestrian streets, characterful squares and green parks nestled in each neighbourhood, and the monuments lit up at nightfall. The restaurants offer universal, creative and accessible cuisine that fully respects the environment and ingredients. Located in the heart of the “Garden of France”, the chefs benefit from an inexhaustible network of producers and resources within forty kilometres. Naturally, menus feature local, seasonal ingredients with a focus on healthy raw materials.
The Halles de Tours is an expression of what the rich terroirs of the Loire Valley have to offer: nearly forty traders (cheesemakers, greengrocers, bakers, wine merchants, caterers and more) make up this gastronomic heart of the Loire Valley’s capital. The market is open every day, even on Sunday and bank holiday mornings.
Head west to Bréhémont for “La Cabane à Matelot”. Romain Gadais, a professional Loire fisherman, supplies his catch of the day to Ambroise Voreux, an adventurous chef from Normandy at the restaurant La Cabane à Matelot.
This time, go east of Tours to Maxime Cottereau in Amboise. The fourth generation of this famous family of traditional charcuterie makers is updating their craft by revisiting recipes from bygone days and pairing them with organic wines to be enjoyed on site...
Between late June and late September, the “7 tastings, 7 extraordinary locations” activities offer the chance to discover thecultural and food heritage of the Loire Valley. The programme features over 40 unusual events put on by the Touraine Tourist Offices. On the menu: discover flavours, local produce and exceptional products unearthed by specialists. These guided tastings take place in iconic or secret sites on water or land in Touraine. With monuments open specially and chances to meet the owners, prepare to be surprised!
SEPTEMBER 29 - SEASONAL FRUITS, CHEESES AND TOURAINE WINES
In the grandiose setting of this theater, reminiscent of the Palais Garnier in Paris, enjoy the subtle marriage of Touraine wines from Domaine Baudry-Dutour, cheeses from Fromagerie Maurice and seasonal fruit from Jardins de Meslay. A tasting hosted by oenologist Christophe Prouteau in the "Foyer du Public", a vast and richly decorated foyer that is a favorite spot for spectators during intermissions. Located on the second floor, it has two balconies.