Loire Epicurean Experience from Paris

The perfect break for food and wine lovers. A really interactive few days, with lots of wine tasting, delicious food and interesting winery visits, as well as time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Loire valley. Each wine experience is 100% tailored for you and every itinerary based upon first-hand experience.

We’ll teach you how to taste like the professionals, introduce you to the basic principles of food and wine matching, and take you to see some of the region’s most interesting producers as well as get you and about in the countryside for a beautiful walk among the vines. We do all the driving so you can relax and enjoy the great food and fine wine. This break is the perfect combination of city and countryside.

Highlights

Wine tasting in our 16th century tasting room, candlelit food and wine pairing lunch in an old barrel cellar, winery visits to several different appellations.  Guided walk among the hills of the Layon valley.

What’s Included?

Collection from your hotel or the station on day 1, morning’s tutored tasting of a range of wines from the region, 3 course lunch with wine and winery visit, return to your accommodation. Collection from your accommodation after lunch on day 2, 2 winery visits with a focus on red wine in the appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil or Saumur Champigny, return to your accommodation.  Collection from your hotel on day 3 for a beautiful walk among the vines in the heart of the Layon valley, 3 course lunch with wine at a beautiful restaurant in the heart fo the vineyards, 1 winery visit and  delivery back to the station in Angers at the end of the day in time to catch a train back to Paris (or to your accommodation).

What’s Not Included?

Your accommodation and transport from Paris and lunch on the second day.  Choose and book your accommodation in Angers and book your tickets for the TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Angers.  There is a choice of accommodation to suit all preferences if you click here  For rail tickets, ask Cathy for further details and she can send you a guide to booking tickets on-line.

Day of Arrival

Cathy and Nigel will collect you from the station in Angers (the train that arrives at 09h24) or from your accommodation if you have travelled to Angers the day before.

Day One

We’ll come and pick you up after breakfast and drive you to le tasting room where you will spend the morning discovering ‘Loire Valley Varietals’. This guided tasting introduces you to the main grape varieties and styles of wine in the Loire valley.

After an aperitif in the garden we’ll move into the cellar for a 3 course candlelit lunch with wine.  Enjoy a selectton of dishes prepared using local seasonal ingredients, our own herbs and salads from the garden, and a superb cheeseboard sourced from Loire valley based fromager Pascal Beillevaire.

In the afternoon we’ll head off out into the vineyards and visit one of the many wineries that we work with.  The producers we visit are small and many are off the beaten track. The visit includes time spent in the vineyard where Nigel will explain all the important stages in the vine’s lifecycle, and there will be the opportunity to taste the wines and purchase at cellar door prices.

Day Two

You have a free morning to potter around the beautiful small city of Angers.  You might like to visit the Chateau d’Angers with it’s medieval tapestry or just sit and watch the world go by in one of the many pavement cafés.  We’ll collect you just after lunch and we’ll then head off to red wine country.  2 visits to wineries located in the appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil or Saumur Champigny where you’ll have the chance to buy wines at cellar door prices.

At the end of the day, we’ll drop you back off in Angers so you have time to freshen up before dinner.

Day Three

We’ll collect you from your hotel after breakfast and head off back into the vineyards.  In the morning we’ll have a lovely long walk around the vineyards of the Layon valley.  We’ll talk terroir and you’ll get a real feel for the landscape.  After working up an appetite for lunch we’ll stop off at one of the only vineyards restaurants in the Loire valley, La Table de la Bergerie.  Nestling in the middle of the vines, this tiny restaurant has an open kitchen and offers a lovely lunch menu accompanied by wines from the domaine.  After lunch we’ll visit another winery before returning you back to your accommodation or the station at the end of the day.

Availability & Booking

If you would like to make a reservation or require further information, please send an email directly to cathy@letastingroom.com or call us on 00 33 (0)2 41 79 80 21 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.

 

Loire Wine Tour, Ecolodge & Spa

Get back to nature with a fabulous wine experience for couples or friends.  Relax, unwind, and enjoy the fine food and wonderful wine in the beautiful Loire countryside. Perched among the trees in a beautiful log cabin but with all the mod cons that make it luxurious, you’ll really get away from it all and enjoy la douceur Angevine, the peaceful way of life that Anjou is famous for.

Highlights

Beautiful accommodation in a delightful wooden cabin on stilts in the heart of the Loire countryside, wine tasting in our 16th century tasting room, candlelit lunch in an old barrel cellar,

What’s included?

Collection from the station in  Angers from the train that arrives at 09h24, full day’s wine tour, 3 course home cooked candlelit lunch with wine, winery visit, drop off at the Ecolodge at the end of the day. One night’s accommodation in a beautiful wooden cabin perched in the trees, a delicious organic gourmet dinner basket with wine delivered to your cabin.

What’s not included?

Your transport from Paris, return taxi to Angers the following day and any extras you may choose at the Ecolodge (massage, hot tub, sauna).

Day of Arrival

Hop on the TGV in Paris on the train that arrives in Angers at 09h24 and we’ll be there to meet you.  Take in the beautiful scenery as we drive along the riverside to our home and 16th century tasting room in the heart of the Anjou countryside.

We’ll spend the morning tasting a range of wines from all over the region.  6 different wines from 6 different appellations in the Loire together with lots of stories and anecdotes behind the personalities that make the wines and lots of information about the area.

Savour a homemade 3 course lunch with wine in our old barrel maturation cellar beneath the house.  Enjoy a selection of dishes creatively prepared using local ingredients sourced from our neighbouring potager, and herbs from our garden.

Spend the afternoon in the vineyard.  You’ll have the opportunity to taste wine and discuss vine growing and wine making directly with the producers.

At the end of the day we’ll drop you off at your Ecolodge, a beautiful cabin amongst the trees.  A delightful organic panier will be delivered to your cabin so you can unwind and enjoy dinner at your leisure accompanied of course by local wine from the region.

In the evening why not take advantage of the beautiful spa facilities at the Ecolodge de Loire.  You can indulge in a wood fired sauna and hot tub in the forest or book a massage.

Day Two

Start the day with a continental breakfast   Although your time with le tasting room is at an end, feel free to explore the beautiful village of Le Thoureil, walk in the woods, have a sauna or massage. Enjoy the gentle pace of life in this quaint hamlet. The owners of the Ecolodge will order you a taxi back to Angers at your leisure so do take the time to either cycle around the countryside or take some time to discover Angers, a small but delightful city with lots to offer.

Availability & Booking

If you would like to make a reservation or require further information, please send an email directly to cathy@letastingroom.com or call us on 00 33 (0)2 41 79 80 21 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.

We require a 25% non-refundable deposit upon booking for wine tours. Bookings made within 48 hours of the tour date will be subject to payment in full at the time of booking.  Any tour cancelled within 48 hours of the tour date will be subject to full payment.  Any cancellations on our part will be fully refunded. Booking conditions for the Ecolodges are as published on the website.