Falling in Love with Loire

After an incredible weekend in London, we arrived in Tours on a dreary and rainy afternoon. Even though the sun was not shining, we immediately fell in love with the landscape of the Loire Valley. Although much flatter than the hills of the Piemontese wine country, the Loire Valley was just as green and lush. Who needs sun when you’re surrounded by nature and wine?

I think we may have found the best bed and breakfast in the Loire Valley. We desperately needed a spot to decompress for a few days. When you live in New York City, “vacationing” in London isn’t exactly relaxing. La Grande Maison, located on a 17th century wine estate near Saumur, was the perfect spot to reboot.

La Grande Maison

The main room of La Grande Maison

La Grande Maison’s pigeonnier at night

La Grande Maison is run by Micaela and Sue, two warm and charming Brits with a passion for wine. We knew immediately that we would get along just fine. We took advantage of their wine tour services, and that decision was a smart one. They have extensive knowledge of wine, the growing process, and the local appellations. More importantly, as non-French speaking tourists, we would have been lost without their guidance.

Exploring the caves of Domaine de la Paleine

Yes, we tried them all!

Wine dinner at La Grande Maison

Wine pairings

We left the Loire Valley with memories that will last for a lifetime. We explored many caves, drank loads of Cabernet Franc, enjoyed delicious meals, and had wonderful conversations with our hosts. Thank you Micaela and Sue. I hope that our paths cross again someday!

New friends

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