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The Loire Valley is the third largest of France’s wine regions after only Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Loire River – the longest river in France – runs for 600 miles from the Massif Central to the Atlantic Ocean. The Loire Valley is the source for France’s largest production of white wines from Muscadet to Anjou, Saumur and the Touraine, and on to Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé and Menetou-Salon. After Champagne, it is the second largest source for French sparkling wines.

Chenin Blanc is the principal white grape in the middle Loire Valley producing wines of many styles. Sauvignon Blanc is the most widely grown white wine in the upper Loire Valley from the Touraine to Sancerre. Chardonnay wines are grown in smaller amounts throughout the region, while the Melon de Bourgogne, similar to Pinot Blanc, is the grape grown in the Muscadet region.

 

Cabernet Franc is the principal red grape in the middle Loire Valley. Pinot Noir is the tasty and affordable red in Sancerre and Menetou-Salon. Light wines of Gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, are grown throughout the region.

 

The city of Tours is the capital of the middle Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is home to an astounding variety of cheeses to match with its wines. Goat’s cheeses from the Loire are renowned worldwide.

A professional driver will transport us comfortably from start to finish, so there is no need to worry about driving once you get there. You will have the opportunity to purchase and ship wine home if you wish.

Vineyard

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

Thursday, Oct. 10th (B)

The Loire Valley

Tour Dates: October 6-10, 2024

Adventures in the Wines and Geology of the Loire

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

What’s Not Included:

- Passport and all visa fees, photos, immunizations, or other travel documentation fees

- Airfare for flights to and from France

- Train fare or other travel before and after the tour

- Airline or train transfers and baggage handling

- Personal items such as souvenirs or wines that might be purchased for personal use

-Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included

- Optional travel insurance including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance

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