Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chocoholics Easter Wine Tour in Loire Valley

Easter Wine Tour 2018 for Chocoholics in Loire Valley France

29th March - 31st March or 30th - 1st April 2018
or 1st April - 3rd April 
 (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 2018

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. An exclusive aperitif will be offered in the underground pigeonneir too! 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!


What’s included in this package:

TWO NIGHTS STAY AT LA GRANDE MAISON in the VINES - ONLY 410 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 2018 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 2018 in the Loire. To book today email : REF : CHOCOWINE18

Thursday, 9 February 2017

1 Star Michelin Restaurants Loire - La Table de la Bergerie and Fontevraud Le Restaurant

Great news to hear that two NEW 1 Star Michelin Restaurants have just been announced in the Loire - La Table de la Bergerie in Champ Sur Layon and Fontevraud Le Restaurant in Fontevraud.

Congratulations to both chefs for these well deserved awards. Thibaut Ruggeri - Fontevraud Le Restaurant and David Guitton - Le Table de la Bergerie. Who now join Mickaël PIHOURS of La Gambetta in Saumur and Pascal Favre d'Anne of Le Favre d'Anne and Un Ile of Gérard Bossé in Angers in holding a precious Michelin *

Thibaut Ruggeri - Chef Etoilé at Fontevraud Le Restaurant 

Thibaut Ruggeri's amazing food at Fontevraud Le Restaurant 
David Guitton produces some beautiful dishes paired with their own estate wines.
The view over the vineyards of Domaine de la Bergerie of Yves Guegniard at La Table de la Bergerie
 Vineyard Dining at La Table de la Bergeire
For lunch or dinner during your stay at La Grande Maison both restaurants are well worth a visit and we are happy to make reservations for you during your stay.
Thibaut Ruggeri @ Abbaye de Fontevraud BP 24 – 49590 Fontevraud – L'Abbaye

David Guitton @ La Table de la Bergerie