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Loire Valley Wine Tour - Day Tours

Chabris, France
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About Loire Valley Wine Tour - Day Tours
Guided tours of the vineyards of the Loire Valley with local experts Colin and Marie-Chantal Elliott. We live in the region, speak the language and are enthusiastic about the wines and the region.Tours are tailor made and may include chateau and garden visits.
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This is our most popular tour, ideal for a day trip from Paris, or those staying locally.

You will be treated to a guided tour of the wonderful renaissance palace of Chateau de Chenonceau and its gardens on the banks of the river Cher. The chateau itself contains an unequalled collection of renaissance art and is still privately owned.

AOC Touraine-Chenonceau wines can be tasted nearby and a visit to a family wine-maker is always popular.

Lunch is enjoyed amongst the locals at a restaurant in Montrichard and is followed by a further tasting of a wide range of Loire wines.

Finally, we drive to the winery, vineyards and tasting room of a wine-making family with roots going back 500 years.

There will be plenty of chances to buy the wine you taste and they are such good value you will want to send some home to enjoy with friends. We can help with the shipping. This tour is a fascinating introduction to the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, enjoyed by many clients before you.
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rd wrote a review Oct 21
San Diego, California2 contributions
We agree with all the five-star reviews above. Colin was knowledgeable, informative and interesting. He provided insights we never would have known. A thoroughly enjoyable day, well-spent, that we will remember for a long time.
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Richard L wrote a review Sep 2021
Evanston, Illinois115 contributions36 helpful votes
The Wait was Worth it. Having had to delay our visit to France for over a year, the highlight of out first time in the Loire Valley was a day with Colin enjoying the "Best of Reds", lunch in Chinon and a visit to the gardens of Villandry. A perfect combination in the company of Colin who provided appreciated insight into the wines and growing methods of the Loire Valley and expert guidance through one of the most magnificent gardens of the world. A renaissance man in his own right, he kindly shared his life story with us over a wonderful lunch in Chinon. He also orchestrates the shipping of our wine purchases to our home in USA. We highly recommend the Loire Valley Wine Tour, which can be customized to your own interests. We hope to engage Colin's services again in the future.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Ann Morgan wrote a review Aug 2021
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A truly enjoyable day. Colin is a knowledgable and informative guide not just in terms of the wine but the local history as well. He included fascinating insight into the techniques of wine making both traditional and modern and is obviously well trusted by the winery owners.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Rachelle M wrote a review Jan 2020
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My husband and I recently traveled with two other couples and their children to a small town outside of Sancerre for a friend’s 50th birthday. I knew I wanted to do something special for her on her special day and was so thankful to find Colin. We knew that touring a bunch of wineries would be boring for the kids so I asked Colin if he would come to us and do a tasting at the chateau we were staying at. It was great, he showed up with 12 different wines from the Loire Valley and a map that he used in his storytelling of the area-specific varietals and the wonderful winemakers that put their heart and soul in bringing out the terroir of these delightful gems. Colin was extremely knowledgeable. We were a mix of first-time wine tasters through to someone who worked in the wine industry and we all learned something new. He will truly make your experience a special one!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from UkHostLand, Owner at Loire Valley Wine Tour - Day Tours
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Happy New Year and thank you for this delightful Trip Advisor review. A private, in-house (or chateau, in your case) tasting is not a common event for us but one which I am keen to do more of; I hope to write a new page to feature on the Loire Valley Wine Tour website shortly. The challenge I set myself was to try to represent the many diverse wines of the whole of the Loire Valley in a single tasting: impossible really, but we had a good go! White, red and rosé, sweet, dry and sparkling were all opened for the evening. Our 20th October Facebook post shows the full range of wines we brought over and I was pleased to raid our cellar for you. Wines came from the length of the region, from Atlantic coast Muscadet in the far west to Pouilly Fumé in the east, and most points in between. I enjoyed the experience and I'm glad you did. Next time we will try to fill in the gaps for you.
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Martha M wrote a review Nov 2019
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This was easily one of our most memorable days in our entire trip to France. Colin is a wonderful guide to the Loire Valley and one of the most genuine and kind individuals you'll ever meet. We only did a half day tour and wish we did a full or more - we'll be back! Colin brought us to two beautiful, friendly and fantastic wineries. He had us tour the caves, taught us about the entire process - especially champagne which was fascinating - and introduced us to wines he knew we'd love based on personal preference. The day was unpretentious and made us feel as though we were tasting wine with an old friend. Colin pointed out the beautiful sites of the area and shared tales about his passions for good wine. We never once felt like we were being quizzed about our knowledge or our preferences. We had come to the Loire Valley specifically seeking Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre, but left learning so much more about other varietals and with so much wine! We can't wait to make another trip back in a few years. Colin truly made the day spectacular. He had long standing relationships with all the vineyards which created a one-of-a-kind experience, he had a wealth of knowledge on wine and we so enjoyed hearing his stories about gardening design. He was truly just a gem of a person, you will not regret booking a tour with him. It's worth the money alone to book a tour with him for his knowledge of the area and relationships with local vineyards, but where you get your true money's worth is that he is such a pleasant and wonderful guide to the area, putting a smile on our face even during a blustery, windy, rainy day.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from UkHostLand, Owner at Loire Valley Wine Tour - Day Tours
Responded Dec 12, 2019
I have only just realised you gave us such a splendid review but I just had to take the trouble to thank you for it. TripAdvisor reviews are so important for our business so we are very grateful indeed. I am blushing from the generous things you had to say about your tour and about me as your guide. We would just like also to wish you a happy, peaceful and fulfilling Christmas and hope to welcome you back to the region very soon.
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