Loire Wine, Art, Music and Gastronomy Festival

At Aubigné sur Layon in Anjou (49 Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire) they hold a Loire Wine, Art, Music and Gastronomy Festival (Fête du Patrimoine, Vin-Art en Musique et Gastronomie) 25 August 2019.

Aubigne-sur-Layon festival

Aubigné sur Layon is a wine village where the winemakers open their doors and invite artists, musicians and food providers to come together for a day to celebrate the good things in life.

The area around the River Layon south of Angers produces some of the best sweet (dessert) wines in the Loire – Coteaux du Layon!

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You can stay in a self-catering cottage surrounded by vineyards and with a pool at Vineyard Cottage in nearby Martigné-Briand

Vineyard Cottage

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Coteaux du Layon is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for sweet white wine in the Loire Valley wine region of France.

Coteaux du Layon is situated in the Anjou district of the region, along the river Layon, which is a tributary of the Loire River. Two villages within the Coteaux du Layon area form their own AOCs– Bonnezeaux and Chaume. The best vineyards are generally located on the north bank of the Layon, where they enjoy a good sun exposure on roughly south-facing slopes. Coteaux du Layon including its enclave appellations cover about 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) in the early 2000s.

The wines of Coteaux du Layon are all made from Chenin blanc, locally often called Pineau de la Loire. Often, the grapes are harvested when they are affected by noble rot, but can also be very ripe or have sun-dried on the vine, so-called passerillé grapes. While Coteaux du Layon wines are never dry, the level of sweetness varies. Simpler wines from the basic appellation could best be described as semi-sweet, while some producers – nicknamed “sugar hunters” – produce very sweet wines with an intense botrytis character similar to a Trockenbeerenauslese. Some, but not all of these very sweet wines are labelled Sélection de Grains Nobles. However, it has been claimed that since the late 1990s, fewer producers try to get the sweetness of their wines up to the very extreme levels sought by many “sugar hunters” during the 1990s. wikipedia