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About Loire Valley

Known for its majestic royal chateaux and great red and white wines, the Loire Valley is a favorite destination for wine lovers visiting France. Visiting the royal castles such as Chenonceau, Chaumont or the impressive Chambord Castle is like taking a walk back into the greatest moments of France's history. From the fairytale-like Azay le Rideau to the imposing Chateau d'Angers with its medieval Tapestry of the Apocalypse and the magical gardens of Villandry, there is a castle for every taste and fantasy. The Loire boasts a large variety of fine wines - red, white, sparkling and dessert - and you'll taste the best of them at the finest producers of Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgeuil, Savennières, or Côteaux du Layon, Fabulous Michelin-starred dining (including the excellent local goat cheeses) awaits you as well as accommodations fit for a king including the magnificent 4-star Chateau d'Artigny (owned by cosmetics giant François Coty) or the country manor elegance of the 15th century Relais & Chateau hotel, Chateau de Noirieux. The Loire Valley is a perfect destination for those who want to add wine country touring to a visit to Paris or elsewhere in France.

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"It was a truly special experience to meet personally with winemakers in the Loire Valley and learn about their wine making operations. The food was spectacular . . . I really felt that I had gotten a "true" Loire Valley experience. Mary is an outstanding wine expert and tour host."
-- Kathy Merchant, Cincinnati, OH, Loire Valley tour