Tuesday, 4 October 2016

It's Wine Making Time!

In October when we visit wineries in the Loire they are very busy. The harvest is happening, and the winemaking is beginning for another vintage. Because we have forged excellent relationships with several wineries in the region, our clients are allowed in to see the magical transformation of the grape juice into wine taking place, and the winemaker is available to answer any questions you may have.

In the picture below, thewinemaker is checking the grapes as they are being gently pressed to release the juice that will make award winning wine. The underground cellar he is working in has been used for storing and making wine since the 17th century, and the cave has sections which date back to the 10th century. The variety of grape they are using here has been grown in this area since the 4th century.

If you visit at the right time, we may be able to sample the wine in its early stages of development, and gain an insight into which wines will be good for each vintage. If you would like to learn more about winemaking at a traditional family run vineyard in the Loire Valley, email us.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Gazing in Awe

This photo shows why travellers choose us to tour the Loire Valley. The clients booked at the beginning of the year and were travelling in July. They requested to see sunflowers.

Despite the year being a difficult one for farmers and their sunflower crops, we knew the area well enough to provide this magnificent view of sunflowers at the peak of perfection on the day. What's more they were located on a quiet side road where we could just pull over and stand admiring them for some time (there was also lots of taking photos and a certain amount of frolicking in the sunflowers...ahem...but we won't go into too much detail there...)

If your ambition is to see sunflowers in France, email us and let us know. We will make sure to include a 'sunflower stop' in your personalised itinerary.

PS You will have to visit in July or early August if you want to see sunflowers in bloom -- even we can't provide this sort of view all year round.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Floral Splendour

Chenonceau is by far the most visited chateau of the Loire Valley, and with good reason. It is the one to see if you only have time to see one.

Something that most people do not expect is that the chateau is full of the most magnificent and large scale floral arrangements in every room. It is definitely one of the features that makes this chateau so memorable.

If you love flowers email us and let us know. We will make sure to include the chateau of Chenonceau in your personalised itinerary.