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“Excellent experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caves Louis de Grenelle

Caves Louis de Grenelle
Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Situated at 12m underground in the centre of Saumur, the Louis de Grenelle wine cellars have been producing, in the purest tradition, Cremant de Loire and Saumur Brut ever since 1859. In this former tufa quarry, you will discover the secrets of traditional wine-producing methods. After the guided tour there will be a commented wine-tasting session. You will also be able to discover wine in a wine-dedicated space.
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Dropped in for a wine tasting and found a tour just leaving. The tour guide waited for us and found us an English translation for the tour (as most everybody else spoke French and so the majority of the tour would be in French). Nice tour of the underground caves with a great explanation of the process. Finished with a tasting that was very comfortable and friendly. Bought a few bottles (particularly as the tour was free and we liked the bottles). Staff very friendly and accommodating. Excellent visit.

Visited April 2014
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Grenelle49, Responsable relations clients at Caves Louis de Grenelle, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
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Thank you very much to share your opinion on Trip Advisor. We are happy your enjoyed the tour and the wine tasting.
Looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Genneteil, France
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Even better this time around!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

I have been here several times before with family & friends. We choose this one because it is the only one in the centre of Saumur with wholly underground caves. Even so, this visit didn't disappoint - it was presented mainly in English (my friends are actually French but their English is very good because they live in UK). They opted to hear the guide in English in deference to the other visitors who were there at the same time as us but there were some exchanges in French too. I have to say that I learned even more on this particular tour, maybe they have updated the information they impart or perhaps we just happened to have a more experienced guide this time.
As I said in my last review - it is never a hardship to try the wines they offer after the tour - drivers watch out though - it would be too easy to down 2-3 glasses of wine without realising and get on the wrong side of the Gendarmes!

Despite being an underground visit, it is (largely) accessible to wheelchair users, as long as you have a motor, strong arms or a strong friend (for the entry/exit slope!)

Infinitely more interesting than the Chateau of Saumur yet half the price!

Visited October 2013
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Grenelle49, Responsable relations publiques at Caves Louis de Grenelle, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Hello,
Thank you to share your opinion on Trip Advisor. We are always delighted to have feedback from our visitors, we are happy to know that you had a good time in our family business and that you learnt even more this time. We do try to do the tours in English as much as possible.
Looking forward to welcoming you again soon!
Best regards,

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Exceeded our expectations after visiting other caves in Loire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

We had to wait about 30 mins for a tour but it was well worth the wait. Our guide who spoke excellent english took time to not only give her presentation but to interact with us as well and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour which outshone other caves we had visited which had given a below average guide or overly commercial presentation. Our wine tasting was not rushed or forced and we left with a wonderful selection of Saumur Brut and the wonderful red sparkling wine - an amazing taste experience. So thankyou Louis de Grenelle - dont miss this cave when you visit the Loire Valley - you will miss the best visit to be had!!!

Visited September 2013
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Grenelle49, Responsable relations publiques at Caves Louis de Grenelle, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Hello,
Thank you very much to share your opinion on Trip Advisor. We are happy your enjoyed the tour and the wine tasting.
Now, you can make your friends discover the red sparkling wine!
You are welcome to come back anytime you want!
Best regards,

Caves Louis de Grenelle
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“You must do this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Even though we were the only two people who turned up for a tour, we were treated like royalty and looked after very well by our young guide who spoke very good English. It was pointed out that if tha party had been predominantly French, then French would have been used for the tour, but I'm sure they wouldn't let anyone feel excluded. The caves are amazing and we saw and learned a lot of things of which we we simply had no previous knowledge. The wine tasting afterward was great and certainly challenged my knowledge of 'champagne'. The caves are not easy to find, but there are some signposts when you get close. Don't give up - it's a good visit.

Visited September 2013
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Grenelle49, Responsable relations publiques at Caves Louis de Grenelle, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Hello,
Thank you to share your opinion on TripAdvisor, We are happy you enjoyed the tour. We do try as much as we can to do the tours in English. You are welcome to come back anytime you want!
Kind regards,
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Make time to do this one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

This was exceptional, the tour of the underground caverns with history interspersed with the process of making sparkling wines was informative and very interesting. Dedicated English tours available. Free wine tasting at the end and we've not been able to leave without a box of two every time we've visited!

Visited October 2012
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Grenelle49, Responsable relations publiques at Caves Louis de Grenelle, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Hello,
Thank you to share your opinion on TripAdvisor. We’re delighted to know that you had a good time in our family house.
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