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How to make the most of your wine tour

So you’ve decided that the best way to discover the local wine is to take a guided tour around the vineyards.

Not only will you get the opportunity to taste the wine, but you will also see where and how the vines are grown, discover why the local terroir is so special, learn how the wine is produced and find out where the bottles are stored.

But before you head out on your voyage of discovery (aka wine tour), take a quick look at our tips to help you make the most of your wine tour around Châteaumeillant (or indeed any AOC in the Loire Valley or beyond!).

It may be warm outside but don’t forget to bring layers…

On a beautiful summer’s day (plus spring and autumn in Central France’s continental climate), there’s nothing better than taking a stroll through the vines and soaking up the sun.

But to truly see the full wine-making process from start to finish, a wine tour will also generally involve going inside to areas which are not so warm, such as where the wine is made and stored.

That means that it’s a good idea to take a cardigan or jumper with you on your tour, so you don’t get too chilly.

Take a look at our ultimate guide to tasting French wine

This is by no means a must, but if you are heading out on a wine tour around the Loire Valley, you may want to learn a little bit more about wine tasting, so that you can make the most of your wine tour.

As we mentioned in the guide, we think wine tasting is a very personal experience and anyone who tells you that you aren’t doing it ‘right’, is just plain wrong.

Filled with fun facts and interesting snippets, our guide to tasting French wine has been designed to enhance your enjoyment of your wine tour.

Relax and enjoy your wine tour

It is possible to organise your own visits to local vineyards, but one of the advantages of a guided wine tour, is that all of the hard work is done for you.

Your knowledgable guide will take you to all the best places and share the secrets of what makes Châteaumeillant wine so special, so you can just relax and have fun.

Plus, if you prefer to drink the wine you are tasting rather than spitting it out, a guided wine tour removes the need for a designated driver, as your guide can pick you up from where you’re staying.

If we have whet your appetite, why not book your Vineyard Tour around Châteaumeillant, a Loire Valley AOC and one of France’s best kept secrets? If you want to experience more of Le Berry’s delicious produce, why not book a Cheese and Wine Tour. We look forward to showing you around!

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3 advantages of a wine tour around Chateaumeillant

If you want to discover the local wine, you may be wondering whether to book a wine tour or go it alone.

While you are able to plan and book your own visits to vineyards, here are some of the advantages to booking a wine tour…

1. Someone else can do the research for you

If you go on a wine tour, the research has already been done for you, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.

No need to ring up and schedule appointments at local vineyards or try to estimate how long each visit will take or how you will get there.

Your guide has already done all the research, to give you the best wine tour experience.

2. A wine tour means there is no need to worry about a designated driver

Drink driving is never a good idea. Of course, there is the option of spitting out your wine. But where is the fun in that?

Booking a wine tour around Chateaumeillant enables you to taste the delicious local wines and truly make the most of your trip.

3. Enjoy your wine tour with a guide who is passionate and knowledgeable about the local wine

A wine tour with a knowledgeable guide, who is passionate about the local wine, will really enhance your experience. Plus, you will get the inside knowledge and the amusing anecdotes that aren’t easy to find on Google.

If you fancy a wine tour around Chateaumeillant, why not book with us today?

 

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5 reasons why a Chateaumeillant wine tour is a must

Tasting wines from different regions of France is like a voyage of discovery. Find out why a wine tour around Chateaumeillant, one of France’s smallest AOCs, is a must for anyone visiting France’s famous Loire Valley…

1. Loire Valley wine tours: Chateaumeillant is France’s most central vineyard

Straddling the Indre and Cher departments, Chateaumeillant is slap bang in the centre of France.
Its position at the foothills of the Massif Central and the volcanic soil of the terroir, mean that the area produces delicious reds and rosés, which we think are some of the best in the Loire Valley.

2. Discover wonderful wines tours off the beaten track

Visitors to the Loire Valley tend to stick to larger, more well-known areas further to the north of the Loire Valley. Chateaumeillant provides visitors with the opportunity to leave the beaten track…and be rewarded for it!

3) The best things really do come in small packages

Chateaumeillant wine is all about quality over quantity. With around 90 hectares of vines, the area doesn’t produce anywhere near as much wine as some of its bigger cousins.

But what is produced is really, really special.

4) Taste the area’s famous rosé gris

We may be biased, but we think Chateaumeillant produces some of the best rosé in the whole of France. The area’s rosé gris should not be missed.

5) A Chateaumeillant wine tour is a great way to discover the Loire Valley’s best-kept secret….

Book your wine tour through Goûts du Berry and come with us to discover the Loire Valley’s best-kept secret.

Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your gîte or hotel (within 20km of Chateaumeillant), so you can taste the wines without worrying about designated drivers.

For those wanting to discover more of the area’s delicious produce, we also offer a day trip which includes both a wine tour and a tour around a local goat’s cheese farm.