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“Overpriced and underperforming; don't waste your time and money here”
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Loire Uncorked
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

The other reviewers must have low standards. Here's how it really is. This tour is great if you want to spend 145 Euros ($200) per person for a two and a half hour lunch while someone tells you her life story. The entire day consisted of a grand total of 3 wineries: 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Not a lot of bang for the buck. Instead of telling us about the history of the Loire valley and the making of wine, the tour guide spent most of her time talking about her personal life and how much she hates the French. Her schedule was ineffiicient and resulted in most of the day being spent at the restaurant or in the car, so we visited only half as many wineries as I would expect for the time and money spent.
Apparently wineries here are closed daily from 12-2pm. The afternoon winery was a 45 minute drive away. A value-packed tour would have a shorter lunch and spend part of that time driving to the next destination, so we could get there by 2pm and make the most of the afternoon. Instead we had a 2.5 hour lunch followed by a 45 minute drive, eating up the afternoon and leaving time for only one winery visit.
Also wineries in this area are not like California. They don't have fancy tasting rooms filled with visitors and trinkets. In general the tasting room is small and uninspiring, and the host is surly and seems to wish us gone as soon as possible. They make no effort to tell you anything about their wine other than the year. Our guide didn't appear to have any sort of relationship with the wineries we visited, so there was no rapport with the people there and no sense of welcome. She seemed to be as much of a first timer as we were and seemed to be taking her chances that the wineries would even be open to receive us. I would expect an experienced and professional tour operator to have a better connection with the wineries and have a schedule set up so they know to expect us and can provide a warmer reception. A gift such as a local bottle of wine at the end of the tour would be a nice touch as well.
All in all this experience was a severe disappointment considering the money spent. For less money you can rent a car, get a map of the wineries, go out on your own, and visit twice as many wineries in a day.
As a simple comparison, the next day we went on a tour of the Chateaux in the region. In one day we spent 1 solid hour or more at 4 different chateaux, plus we had a lunch break, plus we drove past 3 more chateaux, plus we got a full day of colorful history narrated by the tour operator. Total cost was only 50 euros plus entrance fees, or about 100 euros per person. That's the kind of experience I would expect from a wine tour as well. Sadly this tour doesn't even come close. Pick another wine tour.

5  Thank jdmdiamond
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loireuncorked, Owner at Loire Uncorked, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2010

What can I say about this review? Only that I can honestly say no client of Loire Uncorked has ever complained to me about their tour. They have all appeared very happy. Look at all the other reviews and make you own judgement. May be it's the competition or just an odd bod, I don't know.

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Reviewed 30 October 2010

My husband and I took the Loire Uncorked tour while on our honeymoon. We were lucky that we were the only people who signed up that day so Amanda took us on a personal tour (though she only ever takes a maximum of 6 people, so every tour is pretty personal). She called us a day in advance to confirm and ask about our wine preferences add then planned out a special tour for us that included 3 wineries and incredible lunch.
This is NOT your average winery tour. It was not at all commercial. Amanda knows all the vineyard owners and was able to take us into the caves and show us around on our own before we met the owners/staff and tasted the wine. She was so knowledgeable about each vineyard, the process of making wine and the different types of wine we tasted. We have been to other wineries an taken wine tasting classes in the past, but this was more interesting and informative that an all of that.
We absolutely recommend Loire Uncorked!!!

1  Thank needtotravelmore24
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

We spent Monday with Amanda, visiting wineries In Chinon, Bourgueil, and Vouvray. And an excellent lunch in Chicon. It was great fun and we learned a huge amount about French wine-- the terroir, not the grape, is what counts!

1  Thank JRsvA_10
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

And that is exactly what it was. We were collected from our hotel by "Mandy" (hope she doesn"t mind "Mandy") & driven to various vineyards around the area; stopping for a typical french lunch in the country accompanied by selected wines.
Mandy certainly new her stuff & it was a great help that she is bi-lingual; allowed us to ask questions about intracasies of making wine etc. Of course, the tasting was the best. The trip has given us a new insight to wines & now we choose with more care. Thanks a lot Loire Uncorked.

1  Thank BruceSwindon
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

Travelling alone, abroad, is often done with trepedation, but have no fears, with" Loire Uncorked". I was made very welcome from the start, Amanda, always made sure I was comfortable within the group, without being patronising or intrusive (as can so often be the case, as single travellers are often ignored as an 'oddity' or metaphorically patted on the head along with a singy songy backhanded compliment about being a lone traveller) Meal times were comfortable and the meals provided most enjoyable. The Tours were informative without being crammed with unneccessary facts. Amanda quite obviously relishes her role as Guide and is very knowledgable. I can thoroughly recommend anyone travelling alone to try this very satisfying and relaxing break. Jennifer Bolland. UK.

1  Thank kirdyweez
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