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The oenological Loire Valley between Saumur and Ancenis
Take the Loire Valley wine route by bike! The vineyard of Anjou Saumur extends between Saumur and Ancenis, passing through Angers. Set off on a route that includes nature, sports and wine-tasting, and discover the ‘terroir’ and heritage of the Loire’s banks. Cycle paths run along the banks of the Loire and the wine estates of Anjou and Saumur. An oenological cycling trip in the fresh air, which will delight your taste buds.
MyTripTailor Information: the route is designed to take 4 days, but you certainly adapt it to your schedule and shorten it if you only have 2 or 3 days available.
Feel free to call the wineries or cellars you would like to visit the day before to make sure they are open.
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Begin your trip peacefully in Saumur where you will spend the day: the Maison du Vin invites you to discover the AOCs (protected designation of origin) of the Anjou Saumur vineyard. It is a great introduction to to the wines you will get to learn more about as you travel along the route. Take advantage of your day in Saumur to visit its superb castle overlooking the Loire, its famous riding school, the Cadre Noir, and its musée de la Cavalerie (Cavalry Museum), or ride your bike to the musée du champignon (Mushroom Museum). In the afternoon, start familiarising yourself with the wines of Saumur by visiting one of the town’s cellars. Spend the night in Saumur.
Set off for your first day of cycling. You will come across several cellars when leaving Saumur, such as Bouvet Ladubay or Ackerman, if you want to start your day with a tasting. This 50-km stage will allow you to immerse yourself in the exceptional landscapes on the banks of the Loire, as you follow the river’s course. On the way you can visit the former priory in Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne, founded in the 10th century. You will arrive in Angers, where you will find several cellars offering tastings of wine from the Anjou ‘appellation’, and where you can go to the Maison des Vins d’Anjou Saumur, if you did not get the chance to visit the one in Saumur. Spend the night in Angers.
The bike ride is shorter than the previous day’s. Take the opportunity to visit the Château d’Angers before setting off. Then get back on the saddle before making your first stop of the day in Savennières, as you leave Angers; Savennières gave its name to one of the most famous wine ‘appellations’ in Anjou Saumur. You can taste the wine produced in its vineyards at one of the local estates, such as Château d’Epiré, Domaine aux Moines, Domaine Taillandier or Domaine du Closel. You will arrive in the late afternoon at Ingrandes-sur-Loire, where you will spend the night.
Leave Ingrandes-sur-Loire to continue your ride along the Loire. You will make a detour to Varades for a tasting in the town, at the Cave Saint-Vincent. You may also prefer to go directly to Ancenis where several wineries offer tastings such as Domaine de la Pléiade or Domaine des Pierres Meslières. If you have enough time in Ancenis, make sure to visit the 10th-century castle, which is officially classified as French historical monument.
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