Traveling in France’s Loire Valley: Home to hundreds of Wineries and More than 800 Chateaus
Photos by Max Hartshorne
Chateau of Clisson, a village that was completely recreated to resemble Tuscany by the French architect Frederick Lemot.
Fred Bourillon, a 3rd generation winemaker, in the large cave at Domaine Bouillion-Dorleans, where Vouvray wine is produced.
These tiny buds of Muscadet grapes mean it will be 110 days until the harvest.
Chinon by the Vienne river. This small town stands below a well preserved Middle Ages fortress high on a bluff, and is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Loire Valley.
Chateau at Chinon, a well preserved Middle Ages era fortress high on a bluff above the town and the Vienne River.
Barbara Beaussant of Chateau du Cleray in Vallet
The Chateau de Chenonceau, considered by some to be the most beautiful of all the 800 chateaus in the Loire Valley.
Vhite asparagus ravioli at restaurant l’Orangerie at Chateau Chenonceau
Restaurant C’heu l’Zib, traditional cuisine in the heart of the vineyards at Menetou-Salon.
Residence of Lemot the artists who envisioned the village of Clisson as Tuscan.
All that wine needs many oak barrels to age in. Here, a worker at Tonnelerie Gauthier Freres in Menetou-Salon.
A traditional boat called a Toue in Montsoreau to taste the wines of Domaine de la Paleine
Wine tasting at Maison du Vins in Tours.
Find out lots more about visiting this beautiful part of France:
Loire Valley Tourism Board
Pays de la Loire Tourism Board
Read the article about the Loire Valley from this trip
Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMAD Travel in South Deerfield Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, enjoys publishing new writers, and watching his grandchildren grow up.