A new Loire wine tour available as a day trip from Paris for 2019 with a focus on organic wines and the natural approach to growing vines.
Increasingly, small, high quality growers are using horses to work their most prestigious parcels. A labour of love, it relies on the close connection between man/woman and these beautiful horses.
The day includes a comprehensive tasting during the morning from all over the Loire valley with a focus on organic/biodynamic wines, a home prepared lunch in an old winemaker’s home partially built into the limestone hillside and a trip to the vineyards to see the horses working a small parcel of vines in the Vouvray appellation.
Diverse tasting of a range of different wine styles and grape varieties from the Loire valley including Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Malbec and many more. A home cooked lunch using local and seasonal produce served in a typical Loire valley home dug into the limestone hillside. The chance to see the horses in action in the vineyard. Opportunity to buy wines at cellar door prices.
A Loire valley wine tasting of 6 organic/biodynamic wines from 6 different producers from all over the Loire. A home prepared lunch and top quality cheeseboard. Food and wine pairing tips and advice. Guided visit to see the horses working in the vineyard in the Vouvray appellation. English guides with 35 years experience in the French and English wine trade.
What’s not included
The cost of your rail tickets from Paris. There is a direct train from Paris Montparnasse to St Pierre des Corps (just outside Tours) that takes just 55 minutes and arrives at 10h09. Book your tickets on www.sncf.com in advance for the best prices (ask Cathy if you need assistance). Collection can be arranged from the station.
Make your way to our address in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h30 start with coffee and biscuits.
Enjoy a tutored tasting of 6 wines reflecting the diversity of this great winemaking region in the comfort of our tasting room. We run through the basics of tasting technique, discuss the geography of the region and unravel the mysteries of French wine labelling. This tasting concentrates on wines made by organic and biodynamic producers and those who work to use few additives in the winery or vineyard.
Relax in the garden with an aperitif before a delicious home-made 3 course lunch with wine. Indulge in a selection of dishes creatively prepared using local ingredients sourced from our neighbouring potager and local suppliers, herbs from our garden and a selection of cheeses from a top quality supplier. We’ll share food and wine pairing advice and tips and relax in true French style.
After lunch we drive to one of the small vineyards locally where we have the chance to watch the beautiful horses at work. We explain the different approaches to working in the vineyard and you’ll have the chance to see these amazing animals for yourself. It takes years to train horses to work with such precision and they require delicate handling. The day finishes around 17h00. We can’t guarantee the horses will be working on the day of booking and if they are unavailable or the weather is unsuitable then we’ll arrange a winery visit to see an organic grower instead.
Availability & Booking
If you would like to make a reservation or require further information, please send an email directly to email@example.com or call us on 00 33 (0)2 47 96 50 86 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.
We require a 195€ non-refundable payment 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.