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Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

Indre-et-Loire, France
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2 to 3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent châteaux and historic wineries, and this tour from Chinon combines both into an unforgettable lunch date. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Château du Petit Thouars, then select your favorite wine to accompany your romantic picnic lunch, overlooking the idyllic Loire Valley vineyards.
  • Learn the secrets of Loire Valley wine during a guided winery tour and wine tasting
  • Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards (vegetarian options included)
  • Select a bottle of your favorite wine to accompany your lunch
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
Make your own way to Château du Petit Thouars, a short drive from Chinon, where you’ll be greeted by your hosts and whisked on a guided tour of the family-run château.
Learn the secrets of winemaking in the Loire Valley and the importance of ‘terroir’ as you stroll through the château vineyards and peek behind-the-scenes of the historic winery, which has been owned by the du Petit Thouars family since 1634. After seeing the aging cellars where the wines are aged in French oak casks, head to the tasting room to sample the winery’s fine Cabernet Franc and Chenin blanc wines.
After sampling the wines, you’ll have a chance to select a bottle of your favorite to accompany your lunch. You’ll then be left to enjoy your romantic picnic lunch, looking out over the château, the ancient dovecote, and the rolling vineyards.

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Pam C
, Sep 2017

Wonderful hospitality, food and wine tasting. Really enjoyed touring the vineyards

John D
, Sep 2017

Without a doubt, this was a fantastic choice! My husband and I drove up to the beautiful chateau and was greeted by the sweetest little fella - the chateau dog! : He was so cute and walked us around to the back where the tour began. He went on the entire tour with us and even graced us with his presence while we had our picnic. The owner and his wife were very sweet and welcoming to their chateau and vineyard.

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Gareth R
, Sep 2017

We arrived at an impressive chateau and were met by our tour guide who spoke perfect English. She took us on a brief tour of the vineyard and told us about its history and how the vines are managed. We then went underground into the caves where the barrels are kept. The cave passages were dug by the builders of the chateau to extract the stone for the chateau some 400 years ago. Whlst we were there we were given a brief talk on the wine making process.
We then returned to the chateau where we were greeted by its current owner who told us, in excellent English, the fascinating history of the building and we then tasted about six different wines. A superb simple lunch was served together wth a bottle of wine. In all we were there for about 3 hours. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time and I believe it represented good value. It is possible to buy the wine they make but there was no pressure to do so. It was cold in the cave tunnels so take a jumper!

Krish M
, Aug 2017

Fantastic experience from very informative vineyard tour to the luscious picnic in the chateau grounds.with wine ! A must do experience if you are in the area.

, Jul 2017

This was an amazing experience, better than we expected. Darcy and her husband were extremely nice! The lunch in the Vines, the vine itself, the caves and the tasting experience were all amazing!!

Susan O
, Jul 2017

This estate has been in Sebastin's family for over 500 years! Sebastian and his wife, D'Arcy are now living and operating the estate and vineyards!
We started with a lovely walk in the vineyards, joined by their dog and cat! D'Arcy showed our group 3 different types and areas of the vineyard and a lot of information regarding the criteria they must meet in order to label their wines appropriately.
We also toured the cellars, actual caves, where they age their wines. Michel, their winemaker was busy labeling bottles of rose for shipment.
After the walk, we were introduced to their wines with a wine tasting. As we sampled the wines, a gorgeous table was set up outdoors under the trees for our picnic. As we started to eat, the afternoon rains came and we all gathered our plates and food and wine and returned to the wine tasting room to finish lunch. There was more than enough food bread, cheese, pate, terrine, salads and it was very nicely paired with our wine choice. Dessert was a local apple tart ? with wine glaze. Yummy.
A very comfortable day. Sebastian and D'Arcy were gracious and warm and relaxed.
This is a very unique way to experience a winery.
The country in the Chinon area is wide and spread out. I would advise using a GPS for your travels.

Nisha G
, Apr 2017

Such a beautiful experience this was, highly recommend. The picnic in the vineyard was romantic and picturesque and something out of a fairy tale. Touring the wine cellar and tasting all the delicious wines with Darcy was a great experience. We bought the dry white to take home! Loved this visit!

Carrie M
, Sep 2016

Incredibly charming and amazing chateau, with a rich history and a bright future. The family who owns the chateau could not be more hospitable, kind and cultured. We had a wonderful time, amazing food, delicious wine and unforgettable experience! Thank you!

Thomas M
, Sep 2016

Also we had a bit a problem to find the location GPS coordinates wrong, phone not answered it was worse the trouble. The Family that owned the chateau is very welcoming the tour is informative, the wines are special and the picnic was just fantastic.
Can only recommend this to everyone who loves french wine, food and history.

Susan M
, Apr 2016

What a lovely afternoon we had! Darcy and Sebastian did everything they could to accommodate us. Lunch was wonderful, the tour of the vineyard and wine cellar very interesting, and we had a hard time choosing which wine to bring back with us.

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