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Pierre Et Bertrand Couly - Winalist
Discovery tour
prestige visit
Escape Game Oenologique
Segway ride in the heart of the vineyard
Private Gyropod Vineyard Tour
Half-day harvest in the Loire on September 30
Picker for a day in the Loire on September 30
02 & 03 March 2024 - size discovery workshop
 June 17 & 18, 2023 - workshop discovery of green works
December 10 & 11, 2022 - blending and bottling workshop
The Workshop of the Senses: Sensory Discovery
Tasting in wine, cheese or chocolate pairing
Picnic day at the winemaker
Half-day Winegrower’s Picnic
Instant booking
Chinon 24 reviews 4.6

Pierre Et Bertrand Couly

Family estate since the 15th century. Pierre and Bertrand Couly are committed to highlight the di...
Chinon

From 12,00 €

Château De Minière - Winalist
Pique-Nique & Wine Tasting
Visit and tasting
Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Wine tasting and free visit of the estate
Gourmet Tasting
Instant booking
Coteaux-sur-loire 19 reviews 4.7

Château De Minière

Château de Minière is a castle with operating vineyard and winery. It’s located in the heart ...
Bourgueil

From 10,00 €

Caves Ambacia - Winalist
Vintage Odyssey Tour
Instant booking
Amboise 10 reviews 4.5

Caves Ambacia

In an emblematic Loire Valley cellar dating from the 15th century, discover the richness of a kno...

From 18,00 €

Domaine FL - Winalist
Discover the secrets of the FL winery
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Rochefort-sur-loire 9 reviews 4.7

Domaine FL

The Domaine FL vineyard (Fournier-Longchamps) extends over nearly 34 hectares, on either side of ...

From 9,00 €

Les Pierres D'aurèle - Winalist
Gourmet tasting
Visit of an estate in Touraine
Aperitif in the vineyards
Saturday Harvest
Vertical Tasting
Assembly workshop
Sustainable
Saint-georges-sur-cher 8 reviews 4.6

Les Pierres D'aurèle

"Les Pierres d'Aurèle" is an estate of 20 ha, located in the Loire Valley, more p...

From 7,00 €

Ackerman - Winalist
Free visit and tasting
Art and Tasting
Food and wine pairings
Guided tour "In the heart of the Bubbles"
Instant booking Sustainable
Saumur 6 reviews 4.5

Ackerman

Founded in 1811, Ackerman – the oldest fine sparkling wine house in the Loire – specializes i...

From 6,00 €

Joseph Mellot - Winalist
Guided tour of the historic cellar
Chavignol wine and dung tasting
Sustainable
Sancerre 6 reviews 4.8

Joseph Mellot

Joseph Mellot is a family and historic House in Sancerre for 5 centuries, whose history begins wi...
Sancerre Pouilly-fumé Pouilly-sur-Loire

From 5,00 €

Chateau Du Bois Huaut - Winalist
Oenological introduction and tasting of 9 vintages
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Gorges 6 reviews 4.5

Chateau Du Bois Huaut

Located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard in Gorges, the Château du Bois-Huaut is an estate th...

From 35,00 €

Maison Jamet - Winalist
November 26: festival at home!
Authentic experience: visit and tasting
Instant booking Sustainable
Saint-nicolas-de-bourgueil 5 reviews 4.8

Maison Jamet

Friendly, joyful experience, which can be technical, historical, cultural,... the welcome is pers...

From 10,00 €

Château Du Cléray - Winalist
Privilege visit
Small visit of the cellars
Treasure hunt in the vineyards
Sustainable
Vallet 5 reviews 4.9

Château Du Cléray

Château du Cléray is located in Vallet, in the heart of the Nantes vineyard. The castle, bui...

From 5,00 €

Domaine La Perruche - Winalist
Immersion: In the Heart of the Winery
Sustainable
Montsoreau 5 reviews 4.7

Domaine La Perruche

The Domaine de la Perruche represents a very beautiful Loire signature located in the town of Mon...

From 7,00 €

Rendez-vous Dans Les Vignes - Winalist
From vine to wine tour
Charmigny, chançay 3 reviews 4.0

Rendez-vous Dans Les Vignes

At the heart of the Loire Valley, in the village of Chançay, between Tours (20 km) and Amboise (...

From 48,00 €

Domaine De Nerleux - Winalist
The essence of wolves
Family escape room
Visit & Escape Room
Instant booking
Bellevigne les chateaux 3 reviews 4.7

Domaine De Nerleux

Domaine de Nerleux, Black Wolves in old French, is a familial wine estate, since 9 generations. I...

From 9,00 €

Domaine De Noiré - Winalist
Visit of the Domaine and the wine cellar with wine tasting
Organic
Chinon 2 reviews 4.5

Domaine De Noiré

Coming to Domaine de Noiré means offering you the opportunity to get to know better the work of ...

From 15,00 €

Caves M Plouzeau - Winalist
Tasting in our troglodyte cellars
Organic
Chinon 2 reviews 5.0

Caves M Plouzeau

Visit our aging and tasting cellars. Located under the fortress of Chinon, they were dug in the ...
Chinon

From 8,00 €

Caves Monmousseau - Winalist
Free tour
Guided tour "Wines and Châteaux"
Instant booking Sustainable
Montrichard val de cher 2 reviews 5.0

Caves Monmousseau

The tradition began in 1886 with Alcide Monmousseau who successfully founded a wine trade in Mont...
Touraine Vouvray Touraine Chenonceaux

From 7,00 €

Château De Tracy - Winalist
Le Vigneron Gourmand - Private tour of the cellar and tasting
Sustainable
Le château de tracy, tracy-sur-loire 1 reviews 4.5

Château De Tracy

The current family business, which was recreated by the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d�...

From 35,00 €

Château De Buranlure - Winalist
Private tour of the castle
Gastronomic tour
Sustainable
Boulleret 1 reviews 4.0

Château De Buranlure

14th and 16th century castle and wine estate near Sancerre and Pouilly sur Loire. Château de Bu...
Sancerre Pouilly-sur-Loire

From 56,00 €

Val de Loire Travel - Winalist
One day in Loire Valley
Tours 1 reviews 5.0

Val de Loire Travel

Based in the heart of the city of Tours, our team aims at offering you a unique and authentic exp...

From 300,00 €

Château de Chaintres - Winalist
Visit-tasting
Biodynamic
Dampierre sur loire 1 reviews 4.0

Château de Chaintres

Patinated by time, in the middle of the vineyards, the Château de Chaintres is a charming 17th c...

From 7,50 €

Bumblebee Manor - Winalist
One day tasting local wines
Saint-macaire-du-bois
New

Bumblebee Manor

Le Manoir Bourdon (Bumblebee Manor) is a holiday destination 23 kilometers south of Saumur, nestl...

From 170,00 €

Loire Evasion - Winalist
Escape to the Loire: group tasting
Saumur
New

Loire Evasion

An unforgettable excursion through our Loire, royal river listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...

From 25,00 €

Domaine Sauvete - Winalist
Flânerie in Domaine Sauvète - Guided visit by the winegrower
Organic
Monthou-sur-cher
New

Domaine Sauvete

Familial estate since 5 generations, we have 18 ha vineyard. We work in Organic Agriculture since...

From 9,50 €

Jeep Wine Tour - Winalist
Ride through the vineyards in a Jeep Willys
Ride in the vineyards & Tasting in a Jeep Willys
Duo ride to discover Sancerre and Pouilly
Thauvenay
New

Jeep Wine Tour

Let's go together to explore the richness of the territories of Sancerre and Pouilly sur Loi...

From 49,00 €

A La Française - Loire - Winalist
Chambord-Chenonceau with private lunch
Electric bike day at Château de Chambord
Chambord-Chenonceau without lunch
Morning - Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry gardens
Afternoon in Vouvray - visit and tasting
Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Vouvray day
Tours
New

A La Française - Loire

A la Française invites you to live unique and authentic experiences to discover the most beautif...

From 89,00 €

Domaine Laureau - Winalist
In the basement
Visit of the vineyards and tasting
Oenology: vertical tasting
Open doors
Instant booking Organic
Savennières
New

Domaine Laureau

Damien and Florence Laureau have been living in Anjou since 1999. On 6 hectares of Chenin, the es...

From 3,00 €

Domaine Du Vieux Pressoir - Winalist
Visit our wine cellar, underground cellars and taste our wines
Taste our wines and discover our appellations
Organic
Vaudelnay
New

Domaine Du Vieux Pressoir

Created in 1892, the Domaine du Vieux Pressoir and its Saumur and Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame appellati...

Free

Une Autre Cave - Winalist
Oenological workshop by awakening the senses
Instant booking
Saint-benoît-la-forêt
New

Une Autre Cave

Thierry Truffert, sommelier and trainer, is the founder of Une Autre Cave. He has been selecting,...

From 60,00 €

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Saumur

Best wineries in Saumur

73 experiences

2768 reviews 4.4
Saumur is a beautiful city in the Loire Valley of France that is renowned for its magnificent architecture and sustainably-farmed wineries. Located in the we...
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Chinon

Best wineries in Chinon

72 experiences

1664 reviews 4
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Tours

Best wineries in Tours

73 experiences

1859 reviews 4.9
Would you like to book a cellar visit with wine tasting in the city of Tours? Find your happiness on Winalist. Neophytes, wine lovers, gourmets, a weekend on...
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The Loire Valley, located in western France, is one of the most beautiful wine regions in Europe. With its rolling hills and majestic chateaux, it's no wonder this area has been home to many winemaking families for centuries (and that Loire wine tourism is so popular). Today, wineries continue popping up all over the region. If you're planning a trip to visit a winery in the Loire valley or just want to explore some local wines during your next vacation in France, be sure to read about the Loire Valley with Winalist.


Loire Valley wine tours are a popular option for those looking to discover the beauty and history of this region, while also indulging in tasting world-renowned wine varieties. Whether you’re searching for a full-day wine tour in the Loire Valley to taste its sweet wine and grape varieties, or you want a short tasting at a local winery, Winalist can help you find the perfect option to fit your preferences.


Loire Valley wine highlights

  • Known for sparkling wine, reds, and whites.
  • Close to Paris.
  • Full of historic chateaux, castles, and a rich history of winemaking.


About Wine Tours & Tastings in the Loire Valley, France


Loire Valley wine tours are a fun, relaxing way to explore this beautiful region of France. This region is known for its top-notch wine varieties and beautiful vineyards, along with wine tasting tours that let you sample some of the best vintages in France.


Chateaux are one of the most popular attractions in this area of France, besides its wine. There are dozens of chateaux around the Loire Valley region, so it's possible to spend several days touring them.


With Winalist, you can explore and book incredible wine tours, all from the comfort of your own home. Use our wine tourism booking tool to search for the best wine tours in your desired area, and then book a wine tour that fits you.


The beautiful Loire Valley, west of Paris and bordered by the Loire river, is chock full of picturesque vineyards and magnificent chateaux. The area is known for its sparkling wines as well as reds and whites. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply want to learn more about this French region's grapes and wines, you’re bound to enjoy a Loire Valley wine tour.


Where is the Loire Valley of France located?


The Loire Valley is located in western France, near Paris. The valley is bordered by the river Loire, and part of it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's home to many beautiful castles and vineyards that have been making wine since the Middle Ages.


Chateaux in the Loire Valley


Chateaux can be found throughout the Loire Valley and many offer tours and tastings of their wines. When you choose one that includes wine tasting opportunities, you'll have access to premium French wines without having to go through the process of making them yourself.


Some of the best Chateaux in the Loire Valley include:

  • Chateau de Chambord, also known as the Chateau Royal de Blois and the Palace of François I. Built in 1519 by King Francis I and his wife, Louise of Savoy, this castle is one of the first examples of French Renaissance architecture. A highlight, Chambord was one of Leonardo da Vinci's creations and boasts 374 rooms, 83 staircases and 365 chimneys.
  • The Chateau de Beauregard was built between 1513 and 1514 for Francis I; however, he never stayed there because he died before it was completed. When Diane de Poitiers inherited it in 1570 from her husband Jean II d'Angennes who had died a few years earlier, she made extensive changes to both its external appearance and its internal layout over several decades since then until she died herself at age 70 or 80 (historians differ on which figure they believe). One interesting detail about this chateau is that you can see some evidence of bullet marks on its walls; these were left behind after a battle during World War II when German forces briefly occupied France.
  • Chenonceau Castle is another great attraction to visit while in the Loire Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1513, this castle sits upon two islands on the Cher River (where it was originally used as a bridge). It's now famous for being one of the most picturesque castles in all Europe thanks to its elegant architecture and stunning gardens.


History of Winemaking Loire Valley, France


Winemaking in the Loire Valley of France dates back to Roman times. The ancient Romans cultivated grapevines here and introduced the technique of converting grape juice into wine. However, it wasn't until after their departure from Gaul that viticulture began to flourish. Today, there are more than twenty-five thousand acres (ten thousand hectares) devoted to vineyards in this region the largest concentration of vines outside of Bordeaux.


Loire Valley Wine Tasting Itineraries


The Loire Valley is a beautiful region of France where you will be able to visit historical Loire Castles, traditional wineries, and world-class wine varieties. You can explore this region on your own or book Loire Valley wine tours with Winalist! Our partnering wine guides have centuries of combined knowledge and will provide you with insider information about each wine region or vineyard in the Loire Valley so that you get the most out of your visit.


Winalist has partnered with some of the best tours and tour hosts in the area to bring our customers more options for their trip to France. You can use our custom search tool at the top of this page to find Loire Valley wine tasting itineraries that suit your preferences.


Where to Stay in the Loire Valley, France Wine Region


There are plenty of accommodations for staying in the Loire Valley of France. There are many vineyards in this wine region, so it's essential to find a place close enough to visit wineries easily. Second, many people visit this region to view the river Loire, so you may wish to find accommodations near this infamous river as well.


How to get to the Loire Valley Region of France


The Loire Valley region is easily accessible by train, car, or bus. If you're staying in Paris and traveling to the Loire Valley, you have the option of taking a TGV (high speed train) or regional train to Tours, Blois or Amboise. You can also take a local train from Paris Montparnasse station to Chinon, Saumur or Angers. The journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes for regional trains and less than 2 hours for high-speed trains that stop at more stations along the way.


What types of wines do wineries in the Loire Valley produce?


Although the Loire Valley is most famous for its sparkling wines, these are not the only types of wine that you can find there. In fact, it's quite possible that you won't see any sparkling wines on your trip at all!


The three main types of wine produced in this region are Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. The grapes used to produce these wines include Chenin Blanc (for white wines), Chardonnay (for whites), Gamay Noir & Pinot Noir (for reds) as well as Ugni Blanc & Colombard Sauvignon Blanc.


The most common grapes grown in the Loire Valley include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc.


How to get to the Loire Valley of France


The Loire Valley region is easily accessible to tourists by plane and by car.

  • Fly direct from the UK to Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport), then take a short taxi ride or a bus to your destination.
  • Drive from Paris: Take a train from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bordeaux, then continue on toward the Loire Valley via A10 highway.
  • For those who wish to avoid flying, there are several options for driving in France with an international license.

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How do I book a wine weekend in the Loire Valley?

With Winalist, wine tourism in the Loire Valley is just a few clicks away! Thanks to our search and booking platform, you and your loved ones can discover incredible vineyards and castles. Select your next wine destination using specific search criteria. Book your tasting experience at the date and time of your choice - no matter the season. Once you've booked your activity, we'll send you a confirmation email and a reminder before your tour or experience. Winalist is the chosen wine tourism platform in the Loire Valley, France.

Which villages to visit in the Loire Valley?

There are plenty of Loire cities and villages to visit when you visit this region of France. 

Apremont-sur-Allier is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Medieval and flowery (classified as a remarkable garden), it is undoubtedly a must-visit spot in this gorgeous region.

On the edge of the Loire, be sure to visit Beaugency and its keep, then Meung-sur-Loire and its old mills. These villages contain heaps of charm. If you have the time, be sure to visit Loches, which overlooks the Indre valley; it's an incredible view that you shouldn't miss! Last, Montrsor, a village in Touraine, is a fortified village from the 11th century in the countryside, which takes you back to another era. Last, if you want to visit the biggest city in the Loire Valley, be sure to head over to Saumur.

What are the most beautiful castles in the Loire Valley?

There are tons of castles you shouldn’t miss when visiting the Loire Valley. The Château de Chambord, de Blois, d'Ambroise, as well as the Château de Chenonceau, as well as the Château de Chenonceau, or even Azay-le-Rideau are all castles that you shouldn't miss if you visit the Loire Valley. If you have time, also be sure to visit the Château de Chinon, Saumur, Ussé, or even the Château de Villandry. No matter which site you choose to visit, Loire Valley wine and castle tours will not disappoint!

When is the best time to visit the Loire Valley for wine tasting?

The Loire Valley is a great place to visit at any time of year, but there are some times of the year that are better than others if you're looking to book a wine experience. The best time to visit the Loire Valley is early spring or late fall, when temperatures are mild. This is because there's more sunshine during these times, but it isn't swelteringly hot, so you can enjoy the outdoors more comfortably.<br><br>The Loire Valley wine region is an excellent choice for your next French wine-tasting vacation. With its beautiful scenery and secluded vineyards, it's a great place to take in the sights, taste delicious wines and relax in comfort.

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