Wine tasting under the stars

Château de Chenonceau © T.Joly
On July 20th, wine tasting and observation of the stars will make the Chenonceau castle’s summer night stroll even more attractive.

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Getting there
- By road
240 km from Paris on autoroute A10 till exit 18 then on D31 till Chenonceaux
- By train
TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, then TER till Chenonceaux. The journey takes between 1 hour 30 and 2 hours.
- Hotels
Auberge du Bon Laboureur, in Chenonceaux
Le Relais Chenonceaux, in Chenonceaux
Château de la Ménaudière, in Chissay-en-Touraine
Auberge de l’Ecole, in Pontlevoy
Le Cheval Blanc, in Bléré
- Bed and Breakfast
Le Clos du Verêt, in Bourré
Auberge du Bon Laboureur, in Chenonceaux
Au Gateau Breton, in Chenonceaux
Le Cheval Blanc, in Bléré
Tasting under the stars
Château de Chenonceau
Admission : €6, free for under 7s.
Tasting from 9pm to 11.30pm
Domaine des Tabourelles & Troglo Degusto
9 et 63 route des Vallées, 41400 Bourré
Free tasting
Troglo Degusto tour : €8.50, free for under 14s.
Tel : 0254320758 / 0665691321
Like every year in July and August, Chenonceau castle opens its doors at night allowing visitors to discover its illuminated gardens accompanied by the Baroque music of Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli. An enchanting night stroll.
On July 21st, the castle will also host an exceptional wine tasting of the Touraine Chenonceaux AOC included in the regular entrance fee. Installed in the gallery spanning over the river Cher and in the courtyard facing the castle entrance, about twenty winemakers of this appellation will offer visitors the opportunity to taste their 100% Sauvignon Blanc whites and their red blends of Cabernet Franc and Côt, the local name for Malbec. The Orangerie of the castle will also host a gastronomic dinner accompanied by finest Chenonceaux wines

Bourré © T.Joly
 Winery visit
In addition, a few amateur astronomers will invite tourists to watch the stars through their telescopes and will give them information about what they will see.
Born in 2011, the Touraine Chenonceaux AOC stretches about 35 kilometres along the Cher Valley, between Bléré and Saint-Aignan. Its 36 ha of vineyards are planted on plots that are steeper, more stony and climatically more influenced by the river Cher than those of the Touraine AOC. Hence wines with a different typicity.
The village of Bourré, near Montrichard, is a good place to have a glimpse of this young appellation. There are beautiful vineyards overlooking the valley and a very interesting winery, the Domaine des Tabourelles. Producing fine wines, it also offers a guided tour through underground tunnels created through centuries of quarrying limestone and later used as wine cellar. Named Troglo Degusto, it lasts two hours and ends with a tasting of five different wines accompanied by local food specialties.

May 29, 2019
Thierry Joly