Recognized for their architectural importance by the UNESCO, the Châteaux of the Loire Valley are indeed worth a visit. Not only are they home to some of the best Sauvignon and Chenin Blancs in the world but they are also a fundamental part of the outstanding cultural landscape of the valley.
The Val de Loire is France’s third winemaking region and it boasts the longest wine route in the country (almost 500 miles long). Choosing which Châteaux of the Loire Valley to include in your list might be more difficult than you thought, if you consider that there are 7000 producers and 85 appellations in the region. However, one thing is guaranteed: no matter which of the Loire Valley wineries you decide to visit first, the quality and diversity of the wine tastings will not disappoint you.
To understand the complexity of the different terroirs of the region, and why la Vallée de la Loire ranks first in France for the quality of its visitor services, you have to visit a few wineries of the Loire Valley. You will be warmly received by the local winemakers, who will introduce you into the wonderful world of fine wine. You will learn about the Loire’s most famous appellations, you will enjoy a stroll around the vineyards, and you will get a chance at tasting an incredibly rich range of wines: everything from whites and sparkling to reds and naturally sweet ones.
If you book in advance with the help of a local travel expert, on top of enjoying a walk in the vines and a tour of the cellar, you can get access to exclusive and unforgettable experiences in some of these magnificent Loire Valley châteaux, like indulging in a gourmet picnic among the vineyards in summer, or a special wine tasting by the fireplace during the chilly months of winter.