Wine & Food
There are many food and wine festivals to enjoy, including, in mid-November, the celebration of the Touraine Primeur in Montrichard, with the procession, in their colourful mediaeval costumes, of members of the different Confreries, not just of Wine but also of the Sardine (from the twin-town of St. Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in the Vendée) and of Bread.
Montrichard also has an animated Summer Festival of food, wine and entertainment.
Rosalind is a Chevalier of the Confrerie des Vignerons des Coteaux du Cher - a recognition that she is passionate (and knowledgeable) about wines local to La Roseraie de Vrigny and will be delighted to advise you on the best caves to visit, she can even put together a tour of the local vineyards and introduce you to excellent local wine producers for special tastings - St Georges-sur-Cher has no less than 14 wine producers and the Appellation Touraine-Chenonceaux is worthy of investigation.
The Loire Valley is famous for its wines, so there are many opportunities for taking-in some of its more famous names: Vouvray. For something more unusual try the Troglo Degusto in Bourré for a guided tour of the underground galleries where the best quality limestone (tuffeau) was quarried to build the chateaux of the Loire Valley and Chenonceau. The tour is followed by tasting of the excellent wine produced by the Domaine des Tabourelles whose vineyards are planted over your head, and sample delicious local products such as the famous goats' cheese and saucisson sec. During the season, there are occasional special themed evenings with live music, and each evening the Troglo Degusto opens its underground 'Bar with a Difference' to serve apéritifs.
Chissay- en-Touraine houses the Distillerie Fraise Or. Visit for a demonstration of traditional methods of making the liqueurs and fruit brandies that are typical of the region.