Would you like to discover the world of wine, wines from different appellations of France or local wines, your Vinitour-Centreloire guide will introduce you to the secrets of wine through the tasting workshops held throughout the year.
Regional tasting workshops where you learn about appellations different from the Upper-Loire wines, are held from December to May.
Local tasting workshops are also suggested, from June to September, through the discovery of Upper-Loire wines (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-sur-Loire, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, Coteaux du Giennois, Côtes de la Charité).
During the tasting workshops (duration: 2 hours), after a general presentation of the appellation and wine estates selected, we will taste 5 wines with appetizers, all of them will be described by the winegrower and the guide. Few stories about storing and serving the wine and few tricks about pairing wine and food would be revealed, so this way you will appreciate better your wine when you taste it at home.
These tasting workshops allow you to discover great wine regions with their grape varieties, to develop and to share your senses and to put words to your feelings. This is an enjoyable and informative moment around beautiful “cuvées”, talking and enjoying the intimacy of a small group.
Location of wine tasting :
After many years of offering wine tastings in restaurants, reception rooms, guest houses, Vinitour now has its own place for wine presentations. An old cellar, from the XVIth century, located in the heart of the medieval city of La Charité sur Loire, was restored in 2015 in order to offer wine tastings. This historic and friendly cellar will allow you to spend a fun and informative time in an unusual and historical setting. La Charité sur Loire, before the phylloxera disease (c. 1890), had a flourishing wine industry and there were a large number such of cellars. Today the vineyards have been reduced to 50 hectares but the medieval city still has many such cellars. Unfortunately most of their doors are not open to the public. Vinitour provides you a wonderful experience in an authentic cellar adapted to the wine workshops.
Profil of the people :
Upper-Loire tasting workshops : French tourists or foreigners coming from the other side of the world, the locals who don’t know the local wine, people wishing to be introduced to the wine world.
Regional workshops : locals who wish to open or discover some wines coming from great French appellations like Bordeaux, Champagne, Bourgogne, Alsace, Languedoc, will be welcomed to these workshops. You can be either knowledgeable about wine or just beginning to experience the world of wine.
Customized wine presentation : groups ranging from 7 to 18 people, looking for a personalized wine presentation for a birthday, a private evening, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or any other celebration.
You can subscribe individually to the Tourist Office of La Charité sur Loire (tél : 03 86 70 15 06) or directly to Vinitour (tél : 06 11 67 30 03 or e-mail address: email@example.com).
The Upper-Loire tasting workshops can be cancelled if the minimum number of people have not reserved.
Regional tasting workshop presented by the winegrower : 35€/pers.
Upper-Loire tasting workshop presented by the guide of Vinitour : 15€/pers.
Customized wine presentation : A 250€ package is offered for a group not exceeding 18 people. For any presentation which is not in the Vinitour cellar, a transportation fee will be charged starting from the office of Vinitour in La Charité-sur-Loire.
Those interested in buying some wine will be able to order some during the wine tasting evening. To do so, Vinitour has selected many Upper-Loire wines, offering the best value. Vinitour also loves discovering small hidden “treasures” with reasonable prices. For any purchase in the evening or post-evening, VINITOUR has negotiated a reduction from the winemaker’s price.