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“Great Loire Valley wine experience!”

Le Tasting Room Wine - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Gennes
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Owner description: 1-3 day Loire wine tours led by experienced English trade professionals. Discover the diversity of Loire valley wines, visit wineries and vineyards. All tours available as day trips from Paris.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Great Loire Valley wine experience!”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

My husband and I really wanted to experience the flavours of the Loire Valley, understand the uniqueness of the region and just have a great time tasting wine. This tour with Cathy and Nigel really exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“Very wine-novice friendly, great wine, beautiful chateau”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

My wife and I were just married and honeymooned in France. We decided to take this tour to get a taste of French wine country and were not disappointed!

Going in, my wife and I had little formal knowledge about wine, but Cathy and Nigel made the experience very accessible, informative, and most importantly, fun! This tour shouldn't be missed for fear of not having enough knowledge about wine.

Cathy and Nigel were a joy to meet and obviously know their craft in and out. Taking this tour you will be treated to excellent food and wine, an informative and enjoyable learning session, a visit to a beautiful Chateau, and excellent company.

Highest recommendation!

Visited May 2013
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West Lebanon, NH
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“Wonderful experience in the Loire!”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

This is a "must do" if you like to drink wine, learn about wine, eat great food and meet fantstic people. We were on vacation in Paris and spent a day at Le Tasting Room. The train ride from Paris is very easy and fast. Cathy picked us up at the station. We really enjoyed learning about the region's wines and wine makers - tasting fabulous wines as we went. Then, one of the best meals of our entire trip with all of the wines and the great conversation with our hosts and other guests. After a lovely walk through the village, we were returned to the train station with many happy memories of a great day in the Loire. This is something that everyone visiting Paris or the Loire region should seriously consider doing.

Visited May 2013
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loirewinefan, Owner at Le Tasting Room Wine - Day Tours, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
We are so delighted that you enjoyed your day with us here at le tasting room. It was lovely to welcome you here for the day and share our passion for the Loire with you both. The beautiful village of Le Thoureil is such a treasure and we're so lucky to have it right on our doorstep. Luckily for us all, the sun shined (a rare thing so far this year!) and we were able to enjoy our promenade by the riverside after our lazy lunch in true French fashion. Our thanks to you both for choosing to come down from Paris for the day and for being such good company.
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“Most memorable few days of our Paris vacation!”
Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend several days with the ultimate wine hosts, Cathy and Nigel Henton, of Le Tasting Room. You do not want to miss this opportunity! Cathy's "Taste of Anjou" wine education class took all of the mystery out of Loire Valley wines...we had such fun learning and tasting together. Class was followed by an incredible lunch in their wine cellar...one of the best meals we had during our vacation in Paris. A picturesque stroll along the Loire river after lunch made for a perfect day. This experience is easy to do as a day trip from Paris, as they will pick up/drop off at the train station. However, if your time allows, it is nice to spend several days here, as we were able to visit several local wineries with them which was great fun. There are a variety of accommodations in the area which they are happy to help you with, or you may be able to stay in their restored barn, which was lovely. We left feeling as if we had made 2 new friends. You will love this very personal experience.

Visited May 2013
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loirewinefan, Owner at Le Tasting Room Wine - Day Tours, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
It was a real pleasure for us to spend some time with you and get to know all about your lives as well as share our own here in the Loire valley. The subject of wine covers so many areas from geography, chemistry and history to personal taste and experience. Having the chance to spend more than one day makes such a difference as it allows us to take our time and take in the different aspects of wine at a leisurely pace. And for us, the impromptu dinner that we arranged in the pavilion at Chateau de Pimpéan along with owner Maryse Tugendhat will be in our memories for a long time. Our hearts felt a little heavy when you made your way back to Paris as we truly felt we had made new friends too. Here's to keeping in touch from across the water - cheers from the Loire!
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Lee-On-The-Solent, Hampshire
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“Great tour and service”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

We are group from a horticultural society. 51 of us went by coach to Angers and needed to fill half a day with a tour and tasting. Most wine tours seemed to consist of whole or several day experiences. Cathy organised a hour and a half tour at Chateau Pimpean in Grezille. We were met by Cathy, her husband Nigel and Maryse the owner.
We were split into groups for a tour of the chapel, vinyard and chateau. The talk on the vines was excellent, with the extremely strict rules of appellation controle being explained along with the pruning, growing season and weather effects etc. The chapel, copied in Paris, was amazing and we finished off with a tasting. The whole event was very organised by friendly, knowledgeable and amusing hosts at a very reasonable price.
At the the end of our 5 day tour of the Loire, visiting Villandry and Chenecau, many of our group voted the vinyard the best experience. Many thanks from all of us for a great day.

Visited May 2013
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loirewinefan, Propriétaire at Le Tasting Room Wine - Day Tours, responded to this review, 12 May 2013
It was a pleasure to welcome your group at the chateau and great to have the chance to explain in detail the lifecycle of the vine out in the vineyard. A lovely change for us to receive a large group and do something tailor-made just for you. Maryse Tugendhat was delighted to receive you at her beautiful property and took great pleasure in showing you all the delightful chapel and to sharing her wines with you. All three of us hope to welcome one, some or all of you back to Anjou on another occasion!
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