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“A must for all wine lovers!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Loire Valley Uncorked
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Owner description: From a Loire Valley wine-making family, Gérald, a bilingual French wine professional hosts private half-full day wine tours & tastings at niche organic and biodynamic Domaine's. Available as a day trip from Paris with collections from Angers and Saumur. Sharing inherent knowledge and a lifetime’s passion, alongside Gérald discover all aspects of wine-making, the annual work undertaken preparing the vines, the methods applied to create the blanc, rosé, rouge and sparkling wines, before concluding with a comprehensive and technical wine tasting. **At Bistrot Les Tontons experience a further wine tasting of Natural wines, accompanied by a lunch of freshly prepared local and regional cuisine, (**wine tour dependant).
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A must for all wine lovers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at Annie's House, a property owned by Gerald and Sarah so they were kind enough to drive us to and from the tour. Gerald has an enlightening approach to wine tasting and is incredibly knowledgeable. We did the vineyard discovery tour and it was fascinating to learn about the process from start to finish.
We would highly recommend this tour.

Visited June 2013
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English first
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended for those who love Wine & Learning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

My girlfriend and I spent a day in the Loire Valley with Gerald and Sarah-Jane of Loire Valley Uncorked. We are wine enthusiasts – living near Napa, CA – and were looking for a way to go deep on the topic of wine during our vacation. We did the “two Vineyard Loire Wine Tour & Tasting” single day trip, and were delighted by the experience. Sarah-Jane was very responsive over e-mail as we arranged the trip, and we were very comfortable with the arrival logistics and agenda for the day. Gerald has strong command of both Loire Valley knowledge and English, perfect for answering all the questions we had for him throughout our tour. We were interested in a more educational experience, and we discussed the grape growing process, wine making process, nuances of French AVA and farming regulations, identifying wine characteristics on your palette, etc. The experience lasted ~8 hours, and included tasting ~30 wines and lunch at their French restaurant which happened to feature our favorite steak tartare of our entire trip (note: Gerald is very accommodating, but the one thing you won’t get from him is the secret recipe for this tartare! ). Gerald and Sarah-Jane even customized the lunch foods and wine just for us.

Having done wine tasting / tour events extensively in the U.S., we were impressed by how much we learned over the course of the day. Combine this with access to chateaux that we could have never managed on our own and having Gerald do all the driving while you get to take in the views all adds up to a wonderfully memorable day in the Loire Valley. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Loire Valley Uncorked, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Truly memorable ! Gérald and I are most touched to learn how much you enjoyed your day and thank you kindly for taking the time to share your experience. Knowing wine is your great passion we thank you for entrusting Loire Valley Uncorked to ‘put you in the field’ and introduce you to a diverse range of Val de Loire wines. Thank you once again, Sarah-Jane & Gérald
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3 reviews
“Informative and Enjoyable Wine Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Gerald met us at our chateau and we were immediately impressed by his "matter of fact" style and knowledge of Saumur and his vinyard. The technical information about the art of making wine was very enlightening as was the hands on wine tasting. We left the tour feeling much more knowledgable about how quality wine is made and more confident in discerning good wine from bad. I recommend Gerald without reservation if you are looking for a great experience learning about how wine is made.

Visited July 2013
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Fabulous way to explore wine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We saved all our wine tasting in the Loire for the personal tour with Gerald and were not disappointed. Chauffeured to the vineyard, we were shown the whole process from vine to glass. Gerald explained what influences the production of grapes and how this affects the final product. We were taken into the extensive caves to see the fizz turning and then had a great couple of hours sampling the range and getting great tips on what to look for. Of course, we didn't leave empty handed!

Visited July 2013
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Our very own wine tasting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Since I have some difficulty getting about these days, Gerald kindly did a tailor-made tasting for us in the troglodyte caves at the gite. We tasted roses and reds (we have little interest in whites!) - and we both agree we now know how to taste and what to look for - and that there is no need for any silly talk! Taste and experience the difference! So, thank you, Gerald for your enthusiasm, help and the sheer fun of it all!

Visited July 2013
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