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.
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.
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.
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 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.