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“One day wine tour was the best day of our trip!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours

Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours
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Owner description: Loire Wine Tours specialises in wine tours in the Saumur and Anjou vineyards of the Loire valley France. Join Simon Grainger an experienced trade professional and have fun visiting the small, family run, independent vineyards. Meet the passionate winemakers and enjoy lunch at a winery. From half day to 4 day wine tours we can customise a tour for you. Wine tours available from Manoir de Gourin, Angers or Saumur.
Arvada, Colorado
1 review
“One day wine tour was the best day of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

The Loire is one of the most underrated regions of French wine, and the ability to explore and try the wines with Simon at our side was eye-opening to say the least. From sweet to dry, still to sparkling, the versatility of the grapes, and the care that went into the wine making were incredible to witness. My fiancé is still talking about Karin's lunch, and I am happy we got to see so many styles of wine in one day, which maximized the time in our short trip to France. I highly recommend Simon and Karin's one day wine tour and we will definitely be back!

Visited May 2013
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Karin G, Owner at Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Ken
It was a pleasure to welcome you and your fiance to Manoir de Gourin. Loire Valley wines are drunk by the French and are trendy in Paris yet not so well known outside of France. Simon and I are so pleased that you enjoyed the wines and the day generally. We strive to ensure that our guests have a memorable day.
Many many thanks for your wonderful review.
Karin
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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“An afternoon not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

French wine was a whole new world to us having spent the majority of our time in supermarkets buying up supplies of new world wines! We were pleasantly re-educated by Simon who has an amazing knowledge of the Loire valley wines; what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing! We had a very enjoyable roam around the vineyard of Pierre and Brigitte Van den Boom and their award winning creations. In fact we enjoyed it so much we have already booked to return.

Visited August 2013
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Karin G, Owner at Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Did you mention supermarkets and New World Wines? As you now know, the wines we introduce you to are quality wines, made with as little chemical interference as possible. We know the winemakers and Simon follows the progress of their wine-making from the picking of the grapes to that lovely bottle.
Thanks for your great review and we look forward to your next visit later this year.
Karin
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armagh
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“Don't dare miss out on this extremely pleasurable all seeing,listening,smelling and tasting wine experience - Look, Learn and EN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We had a most enjoyable afternoon learning about and seeing first hand the hard work that goes into the making of an excellent unadulterated bottle of wine. Simon knows his subject and the vineyard owner Pierre was very welcoming and enthusiastic about his work. We understood why the various wines tasted the way they did at the end of the day and they all tasted great! We highly recommend this outing to all.

Visited September 2013
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Karin G, Owner at Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Yes, Simon knows his stuff and Pierre knows how to make wine. Above all, Pierre and Brigitte are the nicest of people who care about their product and want you to enjoy the experience as much as Simon and I. It's always a boost to hear how much our guests enjoyed the wine tour.
Merci beaucoup for your wonderful review
Karin
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Albany, Australia
1 review
“A week in the Loire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

French wine growing areas were largely a mystery for us, as Australians, until a week at Simon and Karin's establishment and exposure to Simon's clear and concise information started to make sense of the different regions. A visit to a local vineyard and talking to the vigneron helped tremendously. Hope to be back soon!

Visited June 2013
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Karin G, Owner at Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thank you for a great review. The small independent vignerons in France could not be more different from the vast wine estates of Australia. Wines made with a passion and not blended from year to year. We love having Australians to stay, so full of life and adventure. Simon and I hope you'll be back soon for another visit.
Merci
Karin
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Education has never been so much fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

My wife and I were collected by Simon from Saumur from the Hotel Anne d'Anjou as recommended by Karin - great recommendation and a beautiful city.
Simon drove us and another couple to our first vineyard. Everything was passionately yet patiently explained in clear terms. No questions unanswered. We walked the whole process.
I learned so much. We were given pen and paper to make notes - I wish I had.
I do remember that the vines are not watered because that would dilute the juice ... that was my big ah ha!
Of course we sampled the wines and may have bought a case or two.
Then to lunch at the Manoir wonderfully prepared by Karin.
A short lecture later we were off to another vineyard. For more education and tasting.
You'll be glad to know that despite threats there was no test at the end.
A great experience. If you're not sure about it then just do it you will not be disappointed.

Visited August 2013
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Karin G, Owner at Loire Wine Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Your review sets out the day's itinerary so well. Sorry there was no test at the end. Could it be that Simon felt that you'd learnt enough (or drunk enough) to make it unnecessary!!
Thank you for booking the tour and for taking the time to write such an informative practical review.
Karin
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