Take a sip of the lesser-known ‘Loir’ with Hotel de France
New two-night wine tasting package for just €130/£110 pp, two sharing
From left to right: Château de Chenonceau; Hotel de France exterior; a typical bedroom at Hotel de France; and Sebastian Cornille, the owner of The Domaine de la Roche Bleue
Hotel de France, an ivy-clad Art Deco gem in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir – a town along the lesser-known Loir river, just to the north of the Loire Valley – is offering a fantastic value wine tasting package, where guests get the chance to explore the Loir’s charming vineyards and caves.
The meandering Loir’s climate, soil and grape varieties all favour fantastic wine production including Jasnières, Coteaux du Loir and Coteaux du Vendômois. There are numerous vineyards offering red, white and rosé wines, made from a range of grapes, including Chenin Blanc, Pineau d’Aunis and Cabernet Franc. The region has been producing wines since the late 1500s, in Henry IV’s reign.
One undiscovered winery well worth a visit is the Domaine de la Charrière, run by the Gigou family, who produce an excellent selection of red, white and sparking varieties.1 The Domaine de la Roche Bleue, another vineyard 10 minutes’ drive from Hotel de France, offers tastings in its cellars located in hillside caves.2
The hotel’s two-night wine tasting package is just €130/£110 pp, two sharing, and includes:
- Two nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in a deluxe room (en suite)
- A bottle of chilled ‘La Bulle Sarthoise’ sparkling rosé from local producer, Domaine de la Charrière, courtesy of the Gigou family, waiting in the room on arrival
- Dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Le Relais de Ronsard3, with a bottle of wine from local producer, Domaine de la Roche Bleue
As well as offering the pleasures of wine tasting, the Loir is perfect for an active spring break, with lots of activities to choose from including cycling, canoeing, riding, woodland walks and, of course, visits to the stunning local châteaux and gardens, such as Chenonceau and Amboise.
The wine tasting in the Loir package, priced at €130 pp (two sharing) is available from 1 March to the end of July 2017. For further information or to book, call +33 (0)2 43 44 40 16 or visit www.lhoteldefrance.fr (English spoken).
Ends/6 March, 2017
Notes to Editors:
Hotel de France has had a long association with the race circuit and has played host over the years to heads of state, film stars and motor sport royalty. The stunning châteaux of Chenonceau and Blois are an easy drive from the hotel and remain open year-round.
The hotel is easy to reach from Tours Airport4; flights with Ryanair cost from just £32 pp (at the time of writing) in March and return train travel with Eurostar costs from around £100 pp. Alternatively, travel by ferry and your own car with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen, an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel. Return crossings starts at approximately £160 (for a car plus two people).
1The Domaine de la Charrière is open from Monday to Saturday, 9.30-12.30 and 13.30-19.00, by appointment. Wine tasting is free of charge. Further details available from the hotel on arrival.
2The Domaine de la Roche Bleue is open from 1 October until 1 April, Friday and Saturday, 10.00 -19.00 and from 1 May to 30 September, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 -12.00 and 15.00-18.00. Wine tasting is free of charge. Further details available from the hotel on arrival.
3One dinner for two people, based on the Menu Touristique at €32 pp – NB the restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings, so a tour-night short break is best taken from Friday night to Saturday night, travelling back on Sunday.
4Private transfers from Tours to the hotel are available upon request priced at €60 per journey; contact the Hotel de France to book.