Loire Wine Tours and Tastings 2017
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2017 will be kinder to growers here in the Loire valley after a very tricky 2016.
After a super mild winter last year, budburst came around April 7th, cool weather then slowed down growth and then bam, a terrible frost on April 27th. Then, muggy damp conditions that saw growers tackling mildew as it ravaged through the vineyards in a way not seen for decades, a super dry July and August with nearly no rainfall that froze development and finally some much needed rain that set everything on its way again but had growers battling to get grapes in before alcohol levels soared. Some of our partner growers had nearly nothing to pick having lost between 60 and 95% of their production in the April frost and others had more luck, bringing in perfectly healthy grapes. One thing is for sure, 2016 is a year that will not be forgotten for a long long time. Yields were tiny but quality is high. A year of extremes on all fronts with some growers in despair and others happy with the quality of their wines.
If you’re interested in discovering the wines of the Loire valley then do come and see us and let us show you the wonderfully diverse array of wine styles from this region. You’ll have the opportunity to get out into the vineyards and understand the vineyard year and exchange stories from all sides of the world over a delicious home-cooked lunch. Allow us the pleasure of welcoming you to our home and business in a sleepy hamlet forming part of a UNESCO World Heritage site just a stone’s throw from the river Loire. Come and join us for a unique and memorable day and let us share our passion for the wines of the Loire valley.
Staying in Paris? Why not spend a day or two in the beautiful Loire countryside. The TGV offers an excellent direct service to Angers. What’s more, we’ll collect you and deliver you back to the station. You’re sure to fall in love with this wonderful wine region – the best kept secret in France.
Our tours are small and personal (between 2 and 7 people) and are always guided by us, Cathy & Nigel Henton, the owners. If you’re looking for a real glimpse of what life is like working with winemakers in the Loire, we’d love to see you here in 2017.
A bientôt! See you here soon!
Cathy & Nigel
Loire Wine Tours
Wine tasting should be fun – but well informed. All our tours include great wines, delicious food and are 100% personalised to suit you.
Paris Day Trips
Hop on the TGV and we’ll have you tasting a range of wines in our 16th century tasting room before you know it. Unwind, enjoy a candlielit lunch in our old barrel cellar and join us in the vineyards.
There can’t be a better place to unwind than the Loire valley. Extend your stay by a day or two and discover all the region has to offer.
Bespoke Wine Tours & Tastings
Looking to create something special? Celebrating a big birthday, anniversary, engagement or wedding? Allow us to tailor-make a day/short break for you.