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Vouvray (Loire Valley)

The Loire is best known for crisp dry still white wines based on the Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, which are light, fresh and relatively low in alcohol. Look for sparkling wines (methode champenoise), produced at Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire.

If you have visited the Champagne region this is an excellent opportunity to compare champagne with the fizzy Cremant de Loire. Like in Champagne these sparkling wines are blended so you might find the minerality of Chenin, the finesse of Chardonnay and the structure of Cabernet Franc in a single bottle from the terroir of Vouvray and Chinon.

Situated just across the Loire river from Vouvray is Montlouis-sur-Loire, which also makes dry, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling wines from 100% Chenin Blanc. Where the wines of Vouvray are fruity and floral, Montlouis-sur-Loire tends to reflect some of the more earthy and mineral notes of Chenin Blanc.

If you love Champagne you will love the sparkling and still wines in Vouvray on a custom planned tour of the top producers.

Sample Itineraries

100% Chenin Blanc Tour

Visit 1
Vineyards visit at a top Vouvray grower producer Rating 88/93pts
Visit 2
Vouvray tasting visit
Visit 3
Vineyard visit at the top producer in Vouvray Rating 99pts
Lunch in a bistrot or gastonomic restuarant
Visit 4
VIP vineyard visit and 6 wine tasting covering the full range of Vouvray

Vineyard & Culture Tour

Visit 1
Top winery cellar visit & tasting
Visit 2
Top vineyard tasting
Gastronomic or Local Bistro lunch
Visit 3
Chateau Visit – Many to choose from
Visit 4
Afternoon tasting visit if time permits

Maison Marc Bredif

Marc Brédif was a pioneer in the world of winemakers, creating sparkling Vouvray at the start of the 20th century and now owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette. The Domaine's 10th century troglodyte cellars, are among the most beautiful and vast in the appellation. They contain rare vintages of which date back to 1874. Maison Brédif vinifies three types of wines: Classic Vouvray, Nectar Marc Brédif, harvested in late harvests during certain exceptional vintages, and la Vigne Blanche, a great dry white wine from vines of the same name and exclusive property of the house. Maison Brédif also produces red and rosé wines in Chinon, and Chinon Blanc. No oak is used in the winemaking to respect the freshness of the grapes and the terroir.


The tradition began with Alcide Monmousseau who founded his wine merchant house in 1886, this fine wine merchant house in Montrichard (Loir et Cher), where he discovered one of the most important quarries of regional tuffeau stone. Abandoned after having being used to build the royal castles of the Loire, the quarry was brought back to life and transformed into magnificent winemaking cellars. It became a network of 15 km of hygienic and solid underground galleries, the constant temperature of which – both summer and winter – is always about 12°C, with a hygrometry perfectly suited to the production and the conservation of wine. AOC Touraine, Vouvray, Cremant de Loire.


Chenin Blanc (White Chenin, or Pineau de Loire), is a white wine grape variety grown in Anjou, Saumur, Vouvray, Montlouis and Coteaux de Layon. It is sweet and ripe, with sugar and acidity levels setting each other off, giving perfect balance and a certain freshness. It derives its famous taste from the fact that it buds early and ripens late. This slow ripening makes it subject to botrytis cinerea, also called “noble rot.” Noble rot produces smooth amber colored grapes that are almost honey scented. It is a mold responsible for all great sweet wines. It can be vinified as fine bubbles whilst retaining all its characteristic fruitiness. Its high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines. Less ripe grapes are made into popular sparkling wines such as Cremant de Loire. Chenin Blanc can be recognised by its tight, heavy bunches of grapes which turn golden with the sun, and some years can even intensify and resemble Corinthian grapes.


Vouvray is the largest white wine appellation of the Anjou-Saumur-Touraine region, and it produces splendid wines from dry and austere to the richest dessert wines, as well as excellent sparkling wines. With its natural inclination to ‘pearl’, Vouvray is obtains petillant wine using the champenoise method of fermentation and ageing the wine at 4 atmospheres of pressure. In Vouvray the wine growers aim for an off-dry style, developing honey and floral characteristics with age. In the best years the grapes can be left on the vines to develop and produce an intense, viscous dessert wine, which may improve considerably with age. Vineyards flank the Loire Valley along much of its length from Nantes to Nevers, but are most highly concentrated in the area of Anjou-Saumur and Touraine. The Loire river irrigates and creates a warm micro climate that is perfect for growing a variety of wines.


The vineyards of the Loire Valley were established by the Cistercian and Benedictine monks during the middle-ages. Anjou made its reputation by producing the best white wines of the region thanks to the Chenin Blanc grape. Anjou AOC produces dry wine, with flavors of quince and apples.

The ancient Duchy of Anjou was once a political power that rivalled the Kingdom of France for wealth and importance. The Plantagenet family which ruled it enjoyed local wines and encouraged their development, while the river and proximity to Paris helped the wine trade flourish in the region. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, more prized than even those from Bordeaux.

Vouvray Wine Adventures

A visit to the Loire Valley is to experience French history at its best, an area renowned for 1,000 magical renaissance & medieval castles. It has a diverse range of fantastic wines, especially the dry whites based on the Chenin Blanc grapes from Vouvray, which are light, fresh and relatively low in alcohol.

Cremant de Loire is sparkling wines using the same double fermentation process as Champagne. You'll discover these in Saumur which is also known for earthy red Cabernet Franc and light fruity red Gamay wines in Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil, and Chinon.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Vouvray / Chinon (2 days)

    Vineyards visit at a top Vouvray grower producer with wine ratings 88 to 99pts
    Taste sparkling white wine in Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire and visit a chateau
    Cellar visit and tasting of the best sparkling Cremant de Saumur

    Loire Valley Wines & Chateaux

    Vouvray / Saumur (3 days)

    One day visit to Chateaux Chenonceaux, Amboise and Azay le Rideau
    Taste sparkling white wine from top growers in Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire
    Discover sparkling Cremant de Saumur

    Three White Grapes

    Vouvray / Sancerre / Cote des Blancs (5 days)

    Compare white wines created from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc
    Visit the 10th century troglodyte cellars at Maison Marc Bredif
    Visit Chateau Chenonceaux, Amboise and Azay le Rideau
    Overnight in country homes and 5 star hotels

    Valley of Kings

    Loire Valley / Champagne / Kent & Sussex (10 days)

    Compare the sparkling wines of Champagne, Loire Valley, and Kent
    Visit the 10th century troglodyte cellars at Maison Marc Bredif
    Cellar visit at Champagne Taittinger and Dom Perignon
    Visit the village of Hautvillers and Reims Cathedral coronation site of the French Kings
    Discover premium English sparkling wines and visit a world famous garden in Kent
    Visit Windsor Castle and or Hampton Court and Hever Castle
    Transfers by Eurostar and private drivers

  • Cultural Options

    Chateau d’Amboise
    Chateau d’Amboise dominates the Loire river and for much of the 15th and 16th centuries it was the favourite residence of French kings. It was here that the art of the Renaissance first came to France from Italy.  It was the palace of Francois I, the first Renaissance king and friend and protector of Leonardo da Vinci.

    Azay-le-Rideau  was built between 1518 and 1527 set on an island between two arms of the Indre River, the chateau is almost surrounded by water and the harmony achieved between the pale stone, the water and the lush greenery are striking. An oft-quoted description of Azay is by Balzac who called it “a many-faceted diamond set in the Indre”.

    Chateau of Chenonceau
    Chateau of Chenonceau is one of the loveliest of the Loire’s chateaux which spans the River Cher and owes a great deal to each of its six female occupants. Catherine Briconnet, Diane de Poitiers, Louise de Lorraine, widow of Henri III, Madame Dupin and Madame Peolouze who eventually restored it. 

    Chartres (en route from Paris by Car)
    The Cathedral is a world-renowned masterpiece of architecture and stained glass, and listed as an UNESCO heritage site. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

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