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“Very informative”

Maison des Sancerre
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Sancerre
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With friends, group or family , come and discover the vineyards of Sancerre. Sancerre wines will no longer hold any secrets for you thanks to this unique interpretive center : 4D experience, augmented reality, 360 degree view on the vineyards, immersive adventure in a vinification tank... a visit you can share with friends or family !
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 26, 2012

I spent a quiet hour in the museum on a May morning learning a lot more about the complexity of grape and wine production. The explanation of the geological uniqueness of the Sancerre region was very well done and helpful, and I liked the personal stories of the growers related by video. And the overlook of the valley is worth the price of admission alone. Bought the book on the region; it's an excellent reference if you like great wine and want to know more about the intricacies of the process and their area history,

4  Thank Carlsonce
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This museum/presentation was the best exhibition we saw of either wine or castles in three weeks of touring Burgundy and the Loire. The lit map showing the geography of the various domaines is brillliant - the colors change depending on the history, soil type, sun time, and so on of the plots - all explained in excellent English. Then there are short videos (subtitled in English) explaining the cultivation, harvests, and vinification by the vintners themselves, a charming and passionate lot. I particularly liked one old guy in his 80s who'd been making wine all his life yet was open to new methods. There are displays of everything from soil, root systems, and bugs for those wishing to be immersed in the process.

At the end, there is a tasting of one Sancerre wine, a good one - and you keep the glass - but a comparison of two or more would have demonstrated the complexity of the region. The garden patio where you can savor that one glass looks out over the beautiful land. The main thing I absorbed from this visit was the all-consuming joy and dedication of the vintners.

4  Thank ChrisABeaune
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

While in Sancerre I visited the museum. The exhibits were so informative about the history of the area, the soils that grow the grapes, the types of grapes grown, and changes over the years. The visit starts with a presentation of the land. Then with a 3d art form workers are projected in miniature as if harvesting right in front if you. Then in the other rooms they have art and videos of vintners throughout that you can look out. Outside there is a garden with a beautiful view showing different types of grapes. Once you end your visit it ends with a wine tasting from the region & the wine was fantastic! The visit was worth way more than the small fee we paid to go in. Aside from the wonders of the museum the woman working was so knowledgable, friendly & kind. Make sure to visit if you travel to Sancerre.

2  Thank junebug40
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

Very interesting, informative and well-laid out, modern presentation of the history of wine making in the Sancerre region. Worth every cent of the 5 Euro entrance charge for an adult. The videos are all subtitled in English, as are the information displays. Would highly recommend this.

Thank FlamingoFleming
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

After our first visit 5 years ago, my wife & I visited "La Maison des Sancerre" for the second time. It is a great place dedicated to the vineyards of Sancerre.
We just love the lit-up displays in the museum, including the inter-active screens and the 3D viewing panels. The film showing the origins of Sancerre thru-time is truly a masterpiece. The staff members are wonderful and friendly and the Sauvignon Blanc after the tour is superb. Don't forget to visit the garden in the rear of the building, it is very well designed, and has canvas posters showing the area. The view across the valley is wonderful. Well done, we'll be back!

1  Thank René R
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