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“Amazing caves, off hand staff”
Review of Ackerman

Ackerman
Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Tourisitc visits of Ackerman's cellars in Saumur and tasting. A three-part visit at the heart of troglodyte cellars : a trip throughout history, an artistic experience and a break on the Loire river... Founded in 1811, Ackerman is the leading producer of Loire Valley fine sparkling wines. Situated in Saumur, on the banks of the Thouet river, a tributary of the Loire, at once informative and entertaining, the cellars of the House of Ackerman combine charm, heritage, and prestige. The wines of Ackerman are true to type, well-balanced and elegant. Thanks to a large selection of fine sparkling wines (Cremant de Loire, Saumur Brut) and Loire Valley still wines (Saumur-Champigny, St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon, Sancerre...), you will be able to appreciate the prestige of a great brand which has seduced consumers world-wide over the past two centuries. Ackerman is bubbly, luminous and enticing. The House's still, sparkling, organic and alcohol-free wines are available at its boutique all year round. Discover Ackerman's world of wines.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing caves, off hand staff”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The caves here were amazing. Interesting information for adults and the different coloured lighting through the caves kept our two and four year olds happy. There were also ball games to play at the end and a few other interactive elements for young children. Unfortunately when we had finished the tour the staff were rather off hand with us for the tasting and left us hanging around for ages whilst they spoke with French visitors. At which point the children were bored so we left.

Visited August 2013
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S D, Responsable relations clients at Ackerman, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Hello and thank you for your message 402Ellie1979
We are sorry to see what happened in our caves... We are a bit surprised because our aim is to spend time with visitors before and after the tour. The wine tasting is for the adults but we usually suggest juices for the children too... Sorry for this inconveniance ! If ever you come back in the region, we will be pleased to offer you the visit of our Caves and the wine tasting.
Regards
The Ackerman Team
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Wonderful!!!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

a great wine tour plenty of info. good arty exhibition and games to play. the tasting was the highlight & the wines very reasonable to buy.

Visited August 2013
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S D, Responsable relations clients at Ackerman, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
We are glad to see that you spent a great time in our Caves and hope to see you once again.
The Ackerman team
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Alvechurch, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great way to add a sparkle to your day”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

What an enlightening experience spent walking through the caves of this wine producer. We really enjoyed the mixture of art with the story of the production methods used to produce the wine.

Visited August 2013
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S D, Responsable relations clients at Ackerman, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thanks a lot for the message you left on Trip Advisor !
We are all glad to see that our track "Journey to the Center of the Bubble" has pleased to you ! The goal of it is actually to teach all about the method and wine through Art and games, so as it pleases to most of people (children, parents...)
Hope to see you soon in our Caves.
The Ackerman Team
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Caterham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
256 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Great self guided tour, strange artwork, interactive displays. Worth a visit.”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Even though I know the area really well, I have not until recently visited the caves of Ackerman. I usually go to Bouvet-Ladubay or Louis de Grenelle, but I think I may swap my allegiance. This is not necessarily down to the sparkling, but to the tour of the cave. It's always good to take visitors to one of the caves and so I thought we would give this one a go. We were surprised. The cave is full of interactive displays such as testing your sense of smell, a few games nearer the end which will keep some children happy and of course a tasting at the end. You can, if you look around into hotels/ restaurants/ tourist offices around, pick up vouchers which will give you a free tour but even without it will only set you back a few euros. The artwork and lighting show is very interesting, and during the heat of the day this is a welcome place to be as it keeps a constant 12 ish degrees all year round. Visiting again very shortly with children and I feel confident these 6 and 8 year olds will be kept entertained, apart from when we indulge in a quick wine tasting!

Visited April 2013
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S D, Responsable relations clients at Ackerman, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
We all thank you for your message and are glad that you enjoyed our "Journey to the Center of the Bubble' !
We want to make people discover and learn about wine but through artistic and playful ways !
During the wine tasting, we also have sparkling grape juice for the children so that everybody can take advantage of it. We also have some drawings for children to make them quiet during this 'parents' time !
Hoping to see you again.
The Ackerman team.
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“We journeyed to the centre of the bubble!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

It was the marketing that set this out from the usual crowd of tours round Saumur's wine making cellars - and it was certainly different!

The usual winemaking and history section was beautifully lit, well written and imaginatively delivered via different media - note winemaking/storing does not happen here anymore.

Then there was the modern art - you either love it or hate it! It was amazing in our view and we throughly enjoyed it - especially the opportunity to warm up a bit (the whole attraction is at 12 degrees C) in the final section where local games and challenges were available for you to try! Loved the unusual 'gutter' boule!

Visited June 2013
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Ackerman-Saumur, Responsable relations clients at Ackerman, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
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