Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas are all AOCs that evoke the Tourangeau vineyard, which was so beloved by Renaissance writer François Rabelais. Like him, my friend and I are lovers of good wine. We’re always in search of new wine discoveries, and off the beaten track, at the Montrésor Vineyard, a delightful surprise awaits us…
An excellent view in Chédigny
We hit the road early in the morning. Chédigny is our gateway to the weekend. We are soon intoxicated by the fragrance of roses that this village is so well-known for. Our senses slowly start to awaken with the thousands of rose bushes and perennials that decorate the streets… They are so lovely to look at from the terrace of the former presbytery, where we have our first coffee break. It’s the only village in France to have received the “Remarkable Garden” label. And to top it all off, the village gardener, who we bump into in the street, gives us precious advice for our flower beds.
We continue in the direction of Montrésor. Soon, we’re ready for a delicious break. Halfway along our journey, we grab a shady spot on the little paved terrace at Clos de Jeanne in Genillé for lunch. The tasty cuisine is accompanied by local wines. During our three-course meal, the restaurant owner generously shares her wine advice. We couldn’t hope for a better introduction to the next stage, the Montrésor Vineyard.
The renaissance of the Montrésor Vineyard
Delighted to have stumbled across this great spot, it’s time to get down to business in Montrésor, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. We’ve already had the chance to visit the château perched on a rocky spur, overlooking the Balcons de l’Indrois. But this time, it’s the story of the Montrésor Vineyard that has led us here. This story is one of people embarking on an adventure, and a terroir that evolves and reconnects with its lost winemaking past. We heard about it at Domain of La Grenadière, the place where the village vines were revived.
While waiting for the owner of the vineyard at the tourist information desk, we investigate the gate to the château’s underground passages. It is decorated with the face of Bacchus, the first indicator of the winemaking activity that occurred here in the past. And that’s not the only surprise! Thierry, the winemaker, shows us the original presses, hidden behind the gate. We then follow him through the village streets and climb up to the vines. Several varieties are grown there, clearly with love and respect. Our tour ends with a tasting in the cellar, where we savour the products of the place. We leave with several bottles from the Montrésor Vineyard – perfect for drinking with friends! The domain also has accommodation options – tonight, we’re sleeping in a caravan. It’s a great way to have a change of scene, less than an hour from home.
And our adventures aren’t over. We have booked dinner at La Table de Beaumont, a few kilometres away. Happily, the weather is good enough for us to dine outdoors. The trees in the grounds seem to dance in a slightly chill wind, the light is magnificent. We are soothed by the spectacle and the murmuring of birds… Soon, it’s our turn to join the nest.
Scooters and treats!
The next day, we have a good breakfast to start the day with plenty of energy. Our morning activity will involve an exciting romp through history! Marion presents us our steeds – two all-terrain electric scooters. We get the hang of them in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. The trail designed by the Trott’Ecow team is varied. Loches Forest appears and, with our helpful guide, we come face-to-face with history – the Charterhouse and Chapel of Liget take us 900 years back in time. It’s a funny kind of paradox, on electric scooters in this historic setting!
Then, after using up a fair bit of energy, it’s time to recharge the batteries. Our next gastronomic stop will be in Cormery, for lunch in the shade of lime trees and flowering wisteria. This monastic little town is home to the kitchen of a Master Restaurant Owner, L’Auberge du Mail. A real delight!
Then, we head to the Abbey of Cormery to check out the heritage. We take a guided tour with the Friends of Alcuin. It’s a true pleasure to relive the site’s history in company of such passionate guides. But what would an abbey be without its beer? We get a few local hoppy beverages to take home with us from the Brewery of L’Aurore, which go into our bags next to the bottles from the Montrésor Vineyard. How could we deprive ourselves when they’ve been awarded prizes from the Paris International Agricultural Show?
And one last treat before leaving, we can’t resist trying a few macarons from the Abbey of Cormery, the oldest in France. We would add that they’re also the tastiest! Our challenge is to get the box home intact…
- Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
- Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
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