Winter Loire Wine Discovery from Amboise

In or around Amboise and interested in learning all about the wines of the Loire valley? Join us for a Winter Loire Wine Discovery.

It may be cold and blowy outside but you’ll enjoy learning all about the wines of the Loire in our cosy tasting room and then snuggle up in front of the wood burning stove before enjoying a home cooked three course lunch.

Highlights

A tasting of wines from all over the Loire valley led by English wine professionals Cathy & Nigel Henton in the comfort of their home in the heart of the Vouvray appellation. A home cooked three course lunch and high quality cheeseboard. Food and wine pairing advice. Small and personalized and can be geared to suit your requirements.

What’s included?

A tasting of 6 top quality wines from different areas of the Loire that illustrates the diversity of wines and grape varieties. 3 course home cooked lunch and a range of top quality cheeses from Rudolph Le Meunier (master fromager).

Details

Make your way to our home in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h00 start with coffee and biscuits. Collection is possible so please ask Cathy for details.

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.

Relax in front of the fire 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, herbs from our garden and a selection of cheeses from a top quality supplier.

The day finishes around 15h00.

What’s not included?

Transport to our tasting room although this can be arranged. Trains from Paris if done as a day trip from Paris (collection from the station is possible please ask Cathy for details).

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 47 96 50 86 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.

We require a 75€ per person 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.

 

Going Back in Time to the Future of Loire Wine (Day Trip from Paris)

This Loire wine tour is available as a day trip from Paris and has 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 trip into the vineyards to see these beautiful horses at work, a tutored tasting, 3 course home cooked lunch and a winery visit in the afternoon.

Highlights

A 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.

What’s included?

Guided visit to see the horses working in the vineyard (weather permitting). 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.  Guided winery visit in the afternoon. Food and wine pairing tips and advice. 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.

Details

Make your way to our address in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h30 start with coffee and biscuits.

We’ll head out in the vineyards to track down Philippe and his beautiful horses at one of the many parcels so you have the chance to see first hand the incredible work he does (this is obviously weather dependent and also depends upon the time of year).

Having been out in the vineyard we then return to our tasting room where 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’ll head off out and visit a local grower in the region where you’ll have the chance to taste another range of wines. We work with a selection of small growers that all make wine with the environment in mind.

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 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.

 

Going Back in Time to the Future of Loire Wine Day Tour

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 trip to see these beautiful horses working a parcel of vines (weather permitting), a comprehensive tasting  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 guided winery visit in the afternoon.

Highlights

The chance to see the horses in action in the vineyard (weather permitting). A 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. A guided winery visit in the afternoon. Opportunity to buy wines at cellar door prices.

What’s Included?

A trip into the vineyards to see the beautiful horses working a parcel of vines (weather permitting). A Loire valley wine tasting of 6 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. A guided winery visit and tasting during the afternoon. English guides with 35 years experience in the French and English wine trade. The opportunity to buy wines at cellar door prices.

Details

Make your way to our address in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h30 start with coffee and biscuits.

We’ll head off out in the vineyards to watch our friend and winemaker Philippe Chigard work a parcel of vines using his beautiful horses. After talking about the different ways of working in the vineyard we return to our tasting room where 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 meet another grower and taste a range of wines.

*We can’t guarantee that the horses will be working on the day of booking if they are unavailable or the weather is unsuitable.*

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 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.

 

Loire Wine Discovery Day Trips from Paris

Our most popular Loire wine day trip from Paris which gives a fascinating insight into the wines and winemakers of the Loire valley. The day includes a comprehensive tasting and lunch in the comfort of our old winemaker’s home close to Amboise followed by a guided winery visit in the afternoon.

Highlights

Tasting a range of wines from all over the Loire valley, candlelit farm style lunch, chance to buy wine at cellar door prices, small groups of 2-6, opportunity to meet the producers.

What’s included?

Morning collection from St Pierre des Corps TGV (just outside Tours), tutored tasting in English, 3 course home-cooked lunch, guided winery visit, delivery back to the TGV at the end of the day.

What’s not included?

The cost of your train tickets from Paris.  Book using www.sncf.com for the best prices and choice of trains. (Ask Cathy if you need assistance)

Details

All tours start in Noizay just 10 minutes from the beautiful town of Amboise and 20 minutes from the lovely city of Tours.

Enjoy a tutored tasting of 6 wines reflecting the diversity of this great winemaking region in the comfort of our  tasting room.  Cathy will run through the basics of tasting technique, discuss the geography of the region and unravel the mysteries of French wine labeling.

Unwind 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, herbs from our garden, and a top quality cheeseboard sourced from Loire valley based fromager Pascal Beillevaire who has shops in Paris and London.

After lunch we drive to one of the many famous appellations and visit a winery where you’ll have the chance to taste a range of wines, stroll around the vineyards and buy wine at cellar door prices.

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 47 96 50 86 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.

We require a 195€ non-refundable payment per person 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.

Loire Wine Discovery Tour from Amboise

Our most popular Loire Wine Discovery day tour includes a comprehensive tasting and lunch in the comfort of our old winemaker’s home followed by a guided winery visit in the afternoon.

The tours starts from our home in Noizay, a tiny village in the heart of the Vouvray appellation 10 minutes from Amboise. Available as a day trip from Paris.

Highlights

Tasting a range of wines from all over the Loire valley, candlelit farm style 3 course lunch, chance to buy wine at cellar door prices, small groups of 2-6, opportunity to meet the producers.

What’s included?

Tutored tasting in English, 3 course home-cooked lunch, guided winery visit. English guides with 35 years experience in the wine trade.

Details

Make your way to our home in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h00 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.

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, herbs from our garden and a selection of cheeses from a top quality supplier.

After lunch we drive to one of the many famous appellations and visit a winery where you’ll have the chance to taste a range of wines, stroll around the vineyards and buy wine at cellar door prices.

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 47 96 50 86 and we will be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements.

We require a 195€ per person 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.