It may not be as famed a wine region as the rest of the Loire Valley, but the vineyards around Nantes still produce some of France’s finest Muscadet wines, and the unique Musee du Vignoble Nantais (Vineyard Museum) is the perfect introduction to the little-known wine region.
Tucked away in Le Pallet at the heart of the Nantes vineyard region, the museum’s varied collection of artifacts include grape-picking baskets, corking machines, a Dujardin-Salleron ebulliometer, antique barrels and wine presses, and exhibits cover the history of the region’s wine production, the Muscadet grape and French wine culture. As well as learning all about the local terroir, visitors can climb onboard an original straddle tractor, stroll the surrounding vineyards or enjoy wine tasting.
Le Musee du Vignoble Nantais is located in Le Pallet, around 25km southeast of Nantes, and is open daily except Saturdays from April to September, from 10am-6pm. Adult admission at the time of writing is €4.50.