Its landscape is dominated by majestic sceneries gathered in an area of less than 100 km. Touraine is home to the largest castles of the Loire Valley: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry, Clos Lucé, Chinon, Langeais, Loches ...
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These places are impregnated with the memory of Leonardo da Vinci, and remains indelibly linked to the history of France and its kings. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by a troubled Middle Age and stunned by a sumptuous Renaissance period... and our journey doesn't even stop there! With fifty or so castles to visit, Touraine certainly has no shortage of beautiful places to see.
It is also not by chance that Touraine is nicknamed the "garden of France"; it is a real garden where all kinds of fruit are grown. The region is also known for its saffron, truffles, rillettes and goat's cheese. Be sure to visit the markets, where fresh products and a beautiful atmosphere are always on the menu!
Located in the commune of Montlouis-sur-Loire, in the Indre-et-Loire, this small family estate of about fifteen hectares offers you white and sparkling wines produced in the most traditional way.
Certified Organic since 2010, the estate's wines are made from Chenin and offer a taste of pleasure and lightness due to their white nose combining fruits and white flowers... a delightful and simple delight for those who seek refuge in the heart of the Loire!
Designed according to the English style during the 1st Empire, the Château de Nitray is an authentic Touraine castle dating from the 15th century. It is bordered by the Cher river and is surrounded by a 43-hectare park. This castle has been home to seventeen families in a row and welcomes around 8,000 visitors a year.
Today, the Château de Nitray remains an emblem of the Renaissance within a large wine-producing estate. After the guide has taken you through most of the main attractions of the castle, take time to explore the castle for yourself. You can climb to the roof for an incredible view of the surroundings or even take a stroll through the castle's vast gardens which are home to wild deer .
Overlooking the Cher River and surrounded by vineyards, meadows and woods, the Château de Fontenay is located in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Restored as a farmhouse and rebuilt on the foundations of the old house, the château relaunched its wine-growing adventure in 1902, on 3 acres of vines. Set aside in 1985 and 1996, the land was allowed to rest and a plot of Cabernet, which is now 70 years old, still reflects this history. After this interruption, the resumption of winemaking activities was the beginning of the passion that our team has since developed around our 11 hectares of vineyards.
Clos Roussely is located in the Touraine appellation, in the Loire Valley. The oldest vines on the estate are over 80 years old, ploughed and harvested by hand. The cellar itself is deeply dug into 250 year old tufa limestone walls, so that the vinification is done at a constant temperature, allowing for slow fermentation. At Clos Roussely, it is nature that has done its work, not chemistry!
Purchased in 1919 by the Roussely family, the property is now owned and managed by Vincent Roussely. He is considered by his family as a dynamic winemaker, producing the best wines of this beautiful and ancient region.
Located in the heart of the Château de la Loire, this winery offers white wines under the Cheverny and Cour Cheverny appellations, as well as sparkling wines under the Crémant de Loire appellation. The cellar follows organic farming techniques and the vineyard covers an area of 30 hectares.
From planting to bottling, all the winemaking operations are meticulously controlled in order to best respect the grapes and obtain the greatest possible expression of the terroir.
If you would like to know more about this estate, Laura Semeria will be pleased to welcome you for a guided tour followed by a wine tasting in her vast cellar! You will also be able to take part in various wine-related activities and you will be welcomed in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Italian!