Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Wine Tours from London or Paris to the Loire Valley

Never Been Easier ?

London City to Angers Airport in only an hour! 

From the 28 March to the 28 October 2016 British Airways is operating out of London City direct to Angers Airport on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. So get your tickets now from only £ 62 (oneway) and we will collect you direct from the airport and transfer you back to La Grande Maison in under 40 minutes. In less than 2 hours you could be sipping your first glass of sparkling Cremant de la Loire in the vineyards at La Grande Maison. What could be easier?

All details for our Wine Tours running from either Paris or London
can be found here. Hope to see you soon. Sante!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

La Grande Maison Supporting UK Wine Research

The Sponsors Board at the UK Wine Research Centre featuring La Grande Maison
Sue and Micaela at La Grande Maison are pleased to support the UK Wine Research Centre at Plumpton Agricultural College (University of Brighton). "The donations make a tremendous difference," says Chris Foss. "They allow us to go beyond teaching into proper research, which is fundamental for a university."

Sue attended the opening of the new centre by The Duchess of Cornwall in 2014

Photo: Sue Hunt ©

Speaking about Chris Foss Head of the Wine Department, Sue said "he is the inspiration and driving force for all the wine courses, as well as the brand new winery and now the UK Wine Research Centre. His quiet passion and obvious immense knowledge of wine is infectious and is caught by staff and students alike. But Plumpton College is more than Chris and his team, it has a beautiful setting tucked beneath the Sussex South Downs, surrounded by fields of sheep, cattle and some vines; the pace and place is peaceful, the learning is intense.

The balance of practical and theory gave me the knowledge and experience to know that I could walk into almost any winery, vineyard or tasting event in the world and perform confidently and competently. Wine is an ever expanding subject and I am privileged to have had such a good grounding."
Chris Foss - Head of the Wine Department and regular visitor to La Grande Maison
Our business based at La Grande Maison is going from strength to strength and over the  years we have set up exclusive links with companies based in the Rhone and Burgundy and extended the range of Loire wine tours we have on offer.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour in Loire Valley

Easter Wine Tour 2016 for Chocoholics in Loire Valley France

25th March - 27th March or 27th - 28th March 2016
 (other dates on request)

Spring time in the Loire Valley is simply beautiful. Everything is fresh, the vines are coming into bud and the weather is warming up. What better time to take a Wine Tour and now you have the opportunity to take a Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour as well.

All you need do is arrive - we’ll take care of the rest!

 Experience the French countryside, fabulous chateaux, chocolates and enjoy Loire Valley Wines with our Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour 2016

On the first evening we serve you a delicious Wine Sampling Supper in the grand hall with an AOC Loire wine with each course and topped off with a serving of Sparkling Loire red and handmade chocolates.

Wake up to a  delicious continental breakfast, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh coffee or tea, croissants and baguettes all collected daily from the boulangerie and Easter Eggs of course.

We head off the next day into the Saumur Region on the Easter Wine Tour where we will have the opportunity during the day to visit 2-3 wineries, sample the wines, tour the caves and buy wines at cellar door prices.

There is a picnic lunch en-route either in the vineyards or on the banks of the beautiful Loire River. In the evening we’ll take you to a local restaurant where you can sample the regional food. The area is so rich in history and culture that we always throw in a little sight seeing along the way too. 

Back at La Grande Maison we will open a bottle of sparkling red and sample chocolates, a perfect match. Made from the cabernet franc grape Sparkling Red wines from our local producers Langlois Chateau and Bouvet Ladubay are sublime with a little Easter chocolate.

Before heading out to dinner you will have chance to take tea/coffee and biscuits in the stunning gardens and have time to relax before being taken to a local restaurant in the evening. After a delicious breakfast the following morning we return you to your selected departure point. A not to be missed tour of the caves and tunnels at La Grande Maison is also included. SO EASY!


25th March - 27th March or 27th - 28th March 2016 (other dates on request)

What’s included in this package:

TWO NIGHTS STAY AT LA GRANDE MAISON in the VINES - ONLY 395 euros per person (based on two persons sharing a double/twin room) - extra nights bed and breakfast available on request - extra nights available on request if you want a longer weekend.

Welcome drink on arrival

2 night(s) accommodation at La Grande Maison 

1 Wine Tasting Supper at La Grande Maison (per person)

2 Breakfast(s) at La Grande Maison

1 Picnics in the vineyard or on the banks of the river

Transport in roomy 6 or 9 seater vehicle

Qualified Wine Guide - English Speaking

Translation and explanations by guide whenever necessary

A one day visit to 2-3 local Saumur/Saumur Champigny wine producers

Chocolate tasting session with red sparkling wine
Tastings of local white, red, rose and sparkling wines

Route map

Details of Domaines to be visited and meet the winemaker

Helpful descriptions and notes

Wine Tasting note book and pencil

Bottled water to take on the tour

Opportunity to buy wines at vineyard prices

Transportation of wines bought to La Grande Maison

Tour of the wine caves and tunnels at La Grande Maison

Lifts to and from local restaurants 2nd evening

Tea or coffee in the gardens on return from your tour


"Our first trip to France. Six nights in Paris followed by four nights at La Grande Maison. Whilst Paris was interesting, historic and busy, our four days with you were relaxing and we experienced more of the REAL FRANCE than in Paris. Your facilities, service and hospitality were the "Icing on the Cake!" Thank You" - Max and Deena Warren - Arizona USA

“How wonderful to be able to drink 29 different wines in the space of one weekend and console yourself with the fact that it's educational as well as pleasurable - heavenly from the first to the last drop. Our hosts not only provided great food and fascinating lessons in viniculture but were excellent company too. We shall be back!” Kirsty Lang of BBC Radio 4 - London UK

"This is as good as it gets. Thank you for an amazing four days. All five senses are fully engaged in pleasure, when you have the perfect combination of fun and interesting people, delicious home made food & beautiful wines!!" - Leah and Barton Melbourne Australia

"This is exactly what we were looking for! Your hospitality and thoughtfulness made our stay extra special - we will definitely see you again! Graete" - Leonie, Helonna and Nicolas - Pretoria South Africa

A selection of dates are available this year for the Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour 2016 please email us your dates to check on our availability. Please note this tour is exclusive to La Grande Maison.

Why not see a little more of the real France with our unique Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour 2016 in the Loire. To book today email : resv@lagrandemaison.net