NEW for 2022 Small Group Private Chateau Wine Experience

New for 2022 we’re excited to offer this exclusive wine experience for groups of 8-12 people in collaboration with one of the most dynamic young domaines at its beautiful historic chateau in the Loire countryside. The domaine’s winemaking history dates back to 1508.

A whole day immersive experience in the beautiful home of the owners and winemakers and guided by experienced English wine professionals.

The tour takes place at the Chateau which is located in a beautiful village just 10 minutes from Amboise.

If you’re in the Loire valley with a small group of friends this is a wonderful immersive day that combines wine tasting, history, great food, art and of course, much laughter.

Highlights

Introduction to the wines of the Loire led by Cathy, aperitif in the beautiful salon of the chateau, 3 course home cooked lunch served in the fabulous dining room of the chateau, personal tour of the caves and winemaking facilities of the domaine, walk up into the vineyards

What’s included?

Coffee and biscuits, introduction to the wines of the Loire and a tutored tasting, 3 course home made lunch served with wines from the domaine, guided walk to the vineyards above the chateau, private tour around the caves and winery. English guides with 35 years in the wine industry in France and the UK,  hosted by the owners of the domaine.

Details

Make your way directly to the chateau for a 10h00 start with coffee and biscuits.

Enjoy an introduction to the wines of the Loire led by Cathy Henton DipWSET HND Viti Oeno. Cathy will show you a range of wines from all over the Loire valley and talk about grape varieties, farming methods and wine styles as well as unravelling the complexities of French wine labelling and production.

Move into the elegant salon for an aperitif. Relax with a glass of the domaine’s delightful sparkling Vouvray and a few canapés.

Across the hallway is the beautiful formal dining room of the chateau. Here you’ll enjoy a home cooked lunch prepared by Cathy, Nigel and Louisa, the owner of the chateau. Local and seasonal produce will be on the menu together with beautiful cheeses and carefully selected wines from the domaine to accompany each course.

After lunch we’ll walk up through the woods to the vineyards above the chateau. As you look over to the Royal Chateau of Amboise in the distance we’ll talk about how the domaine farms organically and why that’s so important.

A private tour of the many caves which house the winemaking, ageing, labelling and more concludes the day. You’ll also have the chance to buy the wines at cellar door prices and the estate can ship wines back to the USA.

Availability & Booking

This tour is a bespoke option that can’t be booked on-line. Please contact cathy@letastingroom.com for further details or to book a date.

The tour is open for groups of 8-12 people and a non-refundable deposit is taken to secure a booking. For smaller groups please enquire.

 

 

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, please book on-line or if it’s less than 2 days before the date you require email 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. Payment is required in full at the time of booking.

Any tours cancelled on our part will be fully refunded.

 

French Cheese & Loire Wine Discovery

Do you love cheese and wine? This tour, only available on Sundays will tell you all you need to know. During the morning you’ll learn about the different types of French cheese, how to put together a classic French cheeseboard, how to cut the different  cheeses correctly and how to pair them with wines that complement them perfectly.

The tour starts from Le Tasting Room in Noizay, a small village in the heart of the Vouvray wine producing area of the Loire just 10 minutes from Amboise.

Highlights

A comprehensive introduction and tasting of French cheeses. Learning how to put together a delicious balanced cheeseboard. Introduction to the wines of the Loire valley. Food and wine pairing.

What’s Included?

Coffee or tea and biscuits. Introduction to French cheese and how to put together a classic French cheeseboard. Tasting of a selection of French cheeses. Introduction to the wines of the Loire valley. Tasting of a range of wines from the Loire. A delicious home cooked  lunch (main course and dessert prepared by Cathy and Nigel) served in their delightful troglodyte home in the heart of the vineyard area.

Details

Make your way to our home in Noizay (just 10 minutes from Amboise) for a 10h00 start with coffee and biscuits.

Enjoy an introduction to French cheeses and Loire valley wines. You’ll learn about the different types of French cheese, how to put together a balanced cheeseboard and how to cut them correctly.  We’ll taste the cheeses as we go along and pair them with wines from the Loire valley that complement them.

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 local markets and our garden.

The day finishes around 15h00 after our relaxed French style Sunday lunch.

Availability & Booking

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.

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Loire Wine & Craft Beer Discovery Tour from Amboise

We’ve teamed up with local brewery ART IS AN ALE BREWING to combine wine and beer in a full day tour that combines the very best of both worlds. Taste a range of wines from all over the Loire valley during the morning, enjoy a home cooked lunch in a private home and then discover the world of craft beer in the afternoon.

The tour starts from Le Tasting Room in Noizay, a small village in the heart of the Vouvray wine production area just 10 minutes from Amboise.

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, private tour of local craft brewery ART IS AN ALE BREWING, tasting of 4 signature beers plus 2 seasonals. Small groups of 2-6, opportunity to meet the wine producers/owners of the brewery.

What’s Included?

Coffee or Tea with biscuits, tutored wine tasting in English, 3 course home cooked lunch (that can be adapted to suit your dietary requirements), English wine guides with 35 years experience in the English and French wine trade, private tour and tasting at the craft beer brewery in English.

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 local markets, herbs from our garden and a selection of cheeses from top quality supplier Rudolphe le Meunier.

In the afternoon we drive to ART IS AN ALE BREWING, a thriving craft brewery in the centre of Amboise where we’ll have a private tour with the owners. Katie, (originally from California), met her French husband Matt, while studying photography in Denton Texas. Together they opened their brewery in Amboise last year where Matt brews a fabulous range of top quality American style craft beers using French ingredients. Here you’ll learn about the brewing process and taste their 4 signature beers and 2 seasonal beers.

Availability & Booking

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.

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New Live Loire Updates & Tutored Zoom Tastings

Want to stay up to date with what’s going on in the Loire and increase your wine knowledge? Then join me for my live Loire updates and tutored Zoom tastings.

The tasting dates have been chosen to coincide with relevant points in the vineyard year and each time I’ll be presenting one or two wines around a theme that you can join in with.

Immerse yourself in the Loire valley for an hour and half, learn what the growers have to say, discover the differences between new and old world wines, get a handle on Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet and much more.

Highlights

Live update from the Loire from Cathy Henton, Loire wine specialist and wine educator. The chance to interact with other people around the world. Tutored wine tasting. Powerpoint presentation.

What’s Included

One and a half hours of wine education and information from the Loire valley. Powerpoint presentation sent to you after the tasting.

Details

Sign up for the tastings in advance and you’ll receive an invitation via Zoom to attend.

These 4 tastings are included as part of Le Tasting Room Club Membership

but can be purchased individually for 20€ per person per tutored tasting.

The tastings will take place on Saturdays at 8pm (20h00) French time.

Le Tasting Room Gift Cards

Why not offer someone a Tasting Room gift card or treat yourself! You can purchase a day as a treat for someone in advance or choose any amount to offset against a wine tasting, tour or break.

Thinking about travelling in 2021? You might like to support a small business like ours by buying a gift card or certificate that can be redeemed against any of our tours or tastings.

We know that tourism will be slow to return but we know you will be back and we can’t wait to see you again.

Merry Christmas!