Thursday, 14 January 2010

Weekend Wine Tours in Loire Valley France

The Weekend Wine Tour in the Loire Valley France

Always wanted to take a Wine Tour but never thought you could afford the time or the money? Well now you can. Our Weekend Wine Tours are tailored to offer you the opportunity for a quick weekend break away in the Loire Valley Vineyards with the thrill of sampling wines, visiting the wineries and meeting the winemakers. If you loved the idea of Oz and Jame’s Wine Adventure then here is your chance to sample the life in the vineyards for yourselves in just a weekend.

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

Fly to Tours Airport in the Loire Valley from Stanstead and we’ll be there to collect you. Or take the train from London to Angers (Eurostar/TGV) or to Saumur.*

Tours run all weekends subject to availability :

Arrival Friday - Tour Saturday - Return Sunday

Arrival Saturday - Tour Sunday - Return Monday

The weekend includes the following :

You will be met at your chosen airport/station in one of our fleet of 6 or 9 seater vehicles and whisked away to La Grande Maison in the heart of the vineyards.

On arrival you have the chance to sample your first local wine with our welcome drink whilst we give you the itinerary and explain a little about the local region and it’s grape varieties.

Once you have settled in you will have chance to go walking in the vines or even go for a bike ride before dinner.

The kitchens at La Grande Maison provide deliciously creative menus using fresh produce direct from our own organic potager. You have the opportunity to sample the local wines with the Wine Sampling Supper on your first evening at La Grande Maison

After a yummy breakfast we head off the next day into the Saumur/Anjou Region 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 on the banks of the beautiful Loire River. The area is so rich in history and culture that we always throw in a little sight seeing in along the way too.

Back at La Grande Maison you will greeted with tea/coffee and biscuits in the stunning gardens and have time to relax before being taken to a local restaurant in the evening

A not to be missed tour of the caves and tunnels at La Grande Maison awaits you after breakfast the next day. Then time to relax in the glorious gardens before being returned to your chosen departure point. SO EASY!

The Prices :

Standard Weekend Tour : 390 euros per person (minimum 2 persons)**
Premium Weekend Tour : 460 euros per person (minimum 2 persons)***

*other travel options maybe available please ask
**reductions available if you bring a group of 4 persons or more
***Premium includes additional 1/2 afternoon wine tour direct from pickup & bottle of sparkling wine in your room on arrival
Additional days/nights available on request

Kirsty Lang of BBC Radio 4 says about our Wine Tours - “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!”