The wine village of Azay-le-Rideau (37 Indre-et-Loire, Centre/Val de Loire) is known throughout the world for its Renaissace era Chateau.Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, the chateau is witness to monumental restoration, where stonemasons, carpenters and roofers combine their talents to restore this jewel of the Loire Valley to its full glory. Yet it is also home to a local wine under the appellation Touraine Azay–le-Rideau.
The balance of production here is split primarily between lively rosés of Grolleau and bright, Chenin Blanc-based white wine. Only a small proportion of the local wine is classed as AOC Touraine Azay–le-Rideau, the remainder being labelled as Touraine for red, white and rosé wines. Yet the white Touraine Azay–le-Rideau is a rich aromatic white well worth seeking out. Or try the rosé from Domaine Nicolas Paget.
The Chateau is on the end of an island on the River Indre, and this is a peaceful and tranquil area, ideal for exploring Loire Valley Chateaux and wine!
At Azay-le-Rideau you could stay in
- self-catering cottages in the grounds of a small Chateau at Domaine Le Plessis
- Or stay in a pleasant Logis de France hotel at the Logis Hôtel des Châteaux
- Or stay in an historic Manor House B&B at Manoir de la Touche
By train TGV to Tours