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France, Maine et Loire (49), Saumurois, vignoble et moulin cavier
Pouring red wine
Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay - France
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3 oenological days in the Loire Valley
This three-day tour of vineyards will allow you to explore the Loire Valley between Saumur and the Layon through the region’s wines. Set off on a delightful adventure over a long weekend! a wine tour in the fresh air that is accessible for all cycling enthusiasts. You will make stopovers in Fontevraud-L’Abbaye and Doué-la-Fontaine, and pass through vineyards and underground villages typical of this part of the Loire Valley.
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Start your trip with an in-depth visit to Saumur. Visit the castle with its stunning view of the Loire, and take a tour of the Loire Valley ‘Maison des Vins’ to learn about the wines produced in Anjou and Saumur. You will get the chance to have your first tasting here before you set off. Then, you hit the road! Along your journey, Souzay-Champigny, a troglodyte village typical of the Loire Valley is not to be missed; here you will be able to taste the famous Saumur-Champigny wine, produced on its sloping vineyards. You will also have the chance to stop in Turquant, where you will see troglodyte cellars and tufa cliffs. The caves into the rock are also home to a number of different art forms.
Start your day with a visit to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, a monastic gem founded in the 12th century. Then get back on the saddle to start your day of cycling. On the way you will pass through Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg, a small village situated at the heart of a vineyard. Your next stop-off will be in Montreuil-Bellay, a village with well-preserved medieval heritage, to visit its part-fortress, part-Renaissance castle (Château de Montreuil-Bellay) that is still inhabited to this day. The castle also offers tastings of Saumur and Anjou wines; these are also offered at the Domaine du Haut Bellay winemaking school in the village. Then, cross the Thouet river and continue until you reach Doué-la-Fontaine where you will spend the night.
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If you did not get the chance the day before, walk around the troglodyte town of Doué-la-Fontaine and explore its fascinating caves; you can also visit the zoo (Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine) before you set off once again. Make the most of the tarmac road through the vineyards that leads to the the Maison du Champignon (Mushroom Museum), a few kilometres away from Saumur. You will make another stop along the way, at the Ackerman cellar; then you will arrive in Saumur for a final tasting before heading back.
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