Vines, Loire wines and ramblings

If you are in the Loire Valley for the weekend of 31 August – 1 September 2019, you can explore the vineyards and Loire wines in a different way,

Vignes, Vins et Randos is an organised series of walks throughout the Loire Valley at various locations featuring Loire wines from the Atlantic Coast through Muscadet, Anjou, Saumur as far east as Touraine:

Organised hikes around the themes of local heritage, vineyards and local wines.

poster 2018A central theme in 2018 was music in the heart of the vines

A long the walks you will find different activities and gastronomic pauses with local produce such as : pork rillons, rillettes, goat’s cheese, apples and more… The local traditions, expertise and heritage will be the main attractions.

A previous highlight of the walk was an acoustic concert in the vines with professional musicians selected by the organisers of the local Avoine Zone Blues festival who play jazz, swing, gypsy, French or classical music. There is a choice to satisfy everyone’s taste in music!

previously featured:

– The deaf and hard of hearing accompanied on the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine and Saumur-Champigny walks.

– Hot air ballon on the Chinon walk.

– Horse and cart rides on the Quarts-de-Chaume, and Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau walks.

– Guided descriptions of the vineyard landscapes by experts from the Mission Val de Loire on the Quarts-de-Chaume, Saumur-Champigny , Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau and Vouvray walks.

For more info on this weekend of Loire wines see www.vignesvinsrandos.fr/

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Fiefs Vendéens wines

The wines of the Fiefs Vendéens come from the Vendée region of France (85 Vendée, Poitou Charentes), south of the Loire Valley, a short distance inland from the Atlantic Coast.

The wines are predominantly white made from Chenin, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blac. Reds and Rosés use Gamay and Pinot Noir with some Cabernet. These wines are generally for drinking young and are seldom found in the UK.

The wines are generally classified by the “villages” – Brem, Mareuil, Pissotte and Vix. Originally a VDQS it has now been promoted to full AOC status.