The wine appellations of Cheverny AOC and Cour-Cheverny AOC are just south of the Loire near Blois. On 7 September 2019 the local winemakers hold their Grape Harvest Festival (Fête des Vendanges) celebrating Cheverny wine. These neighbouring/overlapping appellations produce red.white and rosé wines. the main difference being that Cour-Cheverny AOC uses the seldom-seen Romorantin grape to produce dry, minerally aromatic white wines, whereas Cheverny AOC uses more traditional white wine varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
With a barbecue , music and free wine tastings all in the magnificent setting of the Chateau de Cheverny this is well worth a detour – see www.fetedesvendanges.net/
For more info on Cheverny wine see www.maisondesvinsdecheverny.fr/
Recommended Wine: Domaine des Huards, where Michel Gendrier produces some superb wines, which we used to import for Allez Vins! wine merchants in the UK.
Cheverny and its satellite of Cour-Cheverny (41 Loir et Cher, Centre-Val de Loire) has at its heart the fabulous Chateau de Cheverny, a classic 17th Century Loire Valley Chateau,
In Spring the Chateau holds its Tulip Festival 30 March – 30 April 2019. Every spring the tulip reigns supreme in the three gardens at Château de Cheverny.
Over 150,000 bulbs are planted, notably to form a vast ribbon of tulips. Enchantment guaranteed!
Imagine this spectacular ribbon: 120,000 tulips covering a length of 160 m and a width of 12 m, in red, pink, yellow, orange, purple and whites – www.chateau-cheverny.fr/
Chateau de Cheverny
The Château de Cheverny is a stately estate and has been in the same family for more than six centuries. Cheverny has always been lived in and every generation has made an effort to maintain and to embellish it with passion.Since 1922 Chevernyhas been open to the public. Thus the visitor can appreciate the splendor and the delight of life in a chateau. The owners invite you to discover this fantastic and vivid heritage: from the botanical park to the magnificent interior of the château, from the kennels to Tintin’s exposition and from the gardens to the forest.
The parc and gardens of the Chateau de Cheverny are well worth a visit – see www.chateau-cheverny.com
The small town of Cour-Cheverny has a decent selection of shops and a couple of hotels including the Hotel des Trois Marchands (3 Merchants)now upgraded and renamed to Relais des Trois Châteaux in the heart of the town – the rooms were comfortable, if plain, but the highlight is the restaurant where the food is memorable.