How about visiting great wine estates and châteaux of the Loire wine route during your trip to Angers?
Embark on a captivating journey along the Loire Wine Route and explore some of France’s most illustrious wine estates and châteaux from the quaint village of Angers.
With 800 km worth of land, 65 different appellations, and being listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley’s are some of the most beautiful vineyards in all of France! Not to mention how close it is to Paris – located right by the banks of majestic River Loire with welcoming winemakers ready to invite you into their abode. Isn’t that an exquisite experience?
For an unforgettable wine experience, explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley with Winalist! Our hundreds of partner producers trust us to provide amazing and unique castle tours that you can book today. Uncover guided tours, tastings and excursions as well – now is your chance to live out a truly quality wine journey in France.
Cities that Loire Valley wine tours may encompass or embark from include:
Our suggestion is to visit the vineyards of Anjou-Saumur, which is considered an incredible land of dry and sweet white wines, as well as authentic reds. It extends from the town of Ancenis to the town of Saumur, over more than 100 kilometers.
The wine region of Anjou-Saumur
The Anjou-Saumur vineyards are an expansive wonderland located within France’s Loire Valley wine region. They cover more than 20,000 hectares and located within the departments of Deux-Sèvres, Maine-et-Loire and Vienne.
Enjoy breathtaking views as you sip on fine wines from one of their 27 controlled designations of origin – among them are the beloved Anjou Gamay, Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume!
Several grape varieties make up the vineyard. The main ones, for red wine, are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Grolleau. Regarding white wine, we will talk about Chenin, Sauvignon and Melon de Bourgogne.
To discover the wines of the Val-de-Loire, we offer three tours departing from Angers. Thanks to these different wine-tours, you will be able to contemplate vineyards, visit castles, meet winegrowers, taste Loire wines and admire the magnificent landscapes.
The Wild Loire and Angevine Corniche circuit
This 58 km-wine-tourism circuit takes you to the vineyards of the Angevine corniche. You can visit the Château d’Angers, then take the road south to reach the banks of the Loire. After your visit to the town of Savennières, deviate slightly from the circuit to discover the Château de Serrant.
As you journey, take a moment to visit a winery and admire their vineyard while savouring their exquisite wines. Before heading back home, don’t miss out on the opportunity of having dinner in Chalonnes-sur-Loire while enjoying stunning views of the spectacular river!
The Château de Brissac and Aubance vineyards circuit
Embark on a 57 km-long wine tour and take yourself to the enchanting town of Brissac.
Marvel at the majestic Château de Brissac, situated in Brissac-Quincé, which is France’s tallest castle with its 7 floors and 204 rooms.
Saunter around its park using one of five themed walks or sample their exclusive wines as per your request.
As dusk approaches, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience – enjoy tapas and vino served aboard boat trips along Europe’s last wild river that will leave you wanting for more!
The Slopes and panoramas of Layon circuit
Embark on an unforgettable 86 km winery tour through the Layon Valley, where you can take in remarkable views and essential viticulture sites. Begin your journey from Angers to Possonière port alongside Maine River, with a stopover at Savennières village for some much needed rest.
Don’t let any of its picturesque scenes go unseen – this is one adventure that will linger long after you return!
As you travel onward, be sure to visit a nearby vintner and learn more about their art. With 17 appellations in the offering, your tour is guaranteed to offer an unforgettable experience!
When leaving this region, make it a priority to stop by Moulin Guérin for breathtaking sights of the vineyards. And if you’re looking for even more exceptional wine experiences along the way upstream, here are some noteworthy estates we suggest visiting.e some estates we suggest visiting.
Domaine de Noiré – Chinon
Discover the Domaine de Noiré in Chinon, just 30 km from Saumur. The winegrowers invite you to take a guided tour of the history of the estate, as well as a visit to the cellar and the cellars. At the end of this activity, you will be offered a tasting of 7 different wines from the estate.
Domaine des Champs Fleuris – Montsoreau
An original but above all unforgettable experience, the Domaine des Champs Fleuris invites you to Montsoreau (13 kilometers from Saumur) for an oenological cruise.
Allow the Domaine des Champs Fleuris to take you on a unique and unforgettable journey through Montsoreau. During your oenological cruise, explore nature’s wonders in an invigorating boat-ride, savor 6 exquisite wines from the estate while enjoying a delightful meal of local delicacies. Unwind and let go as all your worries drift away!
Mining Castle – Coteaux-sur-Loire
Château de Minière invites you to explore the vineyard with a guided, commented tour from its esteemed winegrower. You’ll even get to ask questions about this delightful profession and learn more about the region’s specialties in regards to winemaking. To complete this experience, enjoy different vintages of Château de Minière wines—reds, whites and rosés!
Domain of Nerleux – Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg
To conclude our journey on a special note, we travel to Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg and meet the owners of Domaine de Nerleux. They will welcome you with open arms as they give you an exclusive tour of their estate, troglodyte cellar, and underground passages where the workspace used to be located. Join us in uncovering all that this enchanting place has to offer!
Going forward, you will be able to explore the vintages stored and examine the barrels being aged. Additionally, a treasure hunt around our vineyard is now open for all visitors! What’s more? Our team has prepared a detailed tasting of Domaine de Nerleux’s various Cuvées exclusively for you – an opportunity not to be missed!
Winalist takes you on the Loire wine route
Other wine tourism experiences in the Loire Valley can be found on Winalist. We hope you will find what you are looking for and wish you a pleasant time with our partner hosts!
What are the wines of Anjou-Saumur?
There are 19 designations:
– Anjou Gamay
– Cabernet d’anjou
– Cabernet de Saumur
What are the wines of the Nantes region?
There are 7 designations:
– Vendée Fiefs
What are the wines of Touraine?
There are 20 designations:
– Touraine Amboise
– Touraine mesland
– Touraine Chenonceaux
– Touraine oisly
What are the wines of the Loire?
There are 2 Loire appellations:
– Cremant de Loire
What are the wines of the Center?
There are 12 appellations in the Centre:
– Cotes d’Auvergne
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– Pouilly smoke