• Tailor-made wine days in the Loire

Whether you’re in the Loire on holiday, staying in Paris, with family and friends or business colleagues – a day in the beautiful Loire countryside is always good for the soul.

Last week we welcomed a lovely group from the UK who were staying in Paris and came down for a slightly calmer day of wine and fun here in Cumeray, close to the river in rural Anjou. We collected them from the station in Angers and started the day with a glass of Crémant before tasting a range of wines and then playing some aroma games before enjoying lunch in our old cellar and a walk down to the river in Le Thoureil.

You don’t need to be passionate about wine to enjoy a day like this as it’s always light hearted and always tailored to the interests, knowledge and requirements of each individual group.

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Starting the day with a glass of Crémant in the garden.

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All ready to taste a range of wines from the region.

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Some aroma games – we put the chaps up against the ladies.

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And it was the ladies who won!

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Some laughter in the garden before lunch!

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We decorated the cellar to celebrate a ‘big birthday’.

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Confit of duck served with local white beans, orange, lardons and thyme followed by cheeses and a chocolate tart with red fruits.

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A little reflection before heading off down to the river to walk off the big lunch!

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A loop around Le Thoureil is delightful. The roof terraces of the beautiful houses are revealed before dropping down to the riverside to enjoy the river and lovely architecture.

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Sitting on the wall and enjoying the calm.

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There was a little wake boarding going on to amuse us too.

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A special cake to celebrate a special birthday.

It was a lovely day for us all. The combination of happy people, lovely weather, beautiful scenery accompanied by a sprinkling of local food and Loire valley wines made for a wonderful day.