Rhone and the Loire Valley Wine Tours
La Madelene has partnered with the leading wine tour experts in the Loire Valley,
Micaela Frow and Sue Hunt of LaGrandeMaison near Saumur...to offer a unique
wine tasting experience. More about Micaela and Sue at: http://lagrandemaison.net
This tour combines two-days/three nights in the Rhone Valley ( Chateauneuf du Pape
and other great Crus of the Southern Rhone) and two-days/three nights in the Loire Valley
(around Saumur, Anjou, Saumur Champigny, Chinon, Bourgeuil or
Savennières), plus one day travelling between the two areas.
You will be able to taste, compare and contrast some of the great wines of
the Rhone and the Loire. Guests can begin either in the Rhone or the Loire.
Travel between the Rhone and Angers in the Loire is easy.
There are fast and frequent TGV trains linking the Rhone and the Loire via
The price of this two centre tour, assuming double occupancy, is: €1525 per person ( single supplement of €75 at La Madelene)
The Rhone leg:
In the Rhone you will be hosted by Philip and Jude Reddaway and stay three nights at La Madelene, a carefully renovate C12th priory in one of their luxury guest bedrooms. On your first evening at La Madelene you will be treated to a champagne reception followed by a 4 course Provencal meal served with fine wines of the region (perhaps a Chateauneuf du Pape Roger Sabon Cuvee Special 1999 or a 2001 Domaine les Goubert Cuvee Florence Gigondas). The first day of the tour starts in our wine tasting atelier with a briefing from WSET approved wine educator Philip on the wines of the Rhone valley to get you up to speed with essential information – the aoc structure, the grape varieties and the wine making traditions of the region. Mid-morning we set out for the first of our domaine visits - your transportation will be in our Mercedes Vito – loaded of course with refreshments.
Across the two days of the tour you will visit six wine domaines taking in the Crus and Côtes du Rhone Villages appellations: Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and either Seguret, Cairanne or Rasteau. Our domaines are carefully selected to reflect not only the best expressions of the wines of each Cru or Villages level wine, but also to enable you to meet and talk with proprietors who will show you around the vineyards, the winery and talk passionately about their terroir and their wine making philosophy, as you taste.
For more detail on the Rhone itinerary go to: /winetour3.php
The tour includes accommodation with breakfast, lunch with wines at two different typical Provencal bistros on both days, two table d’hote evening meals at La Madelene served with a selection of fine wines, and one evening meal with wine at one of our favourite local restaurants.
The Loire Leg:
In the Loire, full details of what is included in your two-day wine
tasting tour can be found here :
We will meet you from the TGV at Angers Station and drive you to La Grande
Maison in the heart of the Loire Valley Vineyards near the beautiful
riverside town of Saumur. La Grande Maison will be your home for three
nights. On arrival at the house we will present you with your itinerary
and with a glass of something chilled in hand lead you through the
appellations and the local wine styles. On the first evening of the Loire
tour we will also treat you to a 4 course Wine Sampling Supper at La
Grande Maison - an ideal chance to become familiar with the regions
cepages (grape varieties).
Over the next two days we will visit between five to six wineries
including family Domaines, Biodynamic & Organic Estates, Cooperatives and
of course the famous Saumur Sparkling Wine Houses where you have the
opportunity to taste a broad range of wine styles from dry to sweet
whites, oaked and un-oaked reds, dry to sweet rose’s, sparkling whites &
even a sparkling red. Lunch is a rustic picnic either in the vineyards or
by the banks of the Loire River.
At the end of a busy day touring we will return to La Grande Maison where
you can relax with a pot of tea or coffee in the beautiful walled gardens
before freshening up and being driven to a local restaurant for supper.
After a delicious breakfast we return you to Angers for the TGV back to
Paris. All you need to do is relax - we take care of the rest.