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The vineyards of Anjou and Saumur

Covering 20,000 hectares, the vineyards of Anjou and Saumur encompass the largest wine-growing area in the Loire Valley. And with a total of 28 different appellations to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Names that will be most familiar to visitors include Anjou, mainly represented by its light reds, the Coteaux de la Loire, Les Savennières and its famous 'Coulée de Serrant', Coteaux de l'Aubance, and Coteaux du Layon, with two appellations, Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux particularly renowned for wines which age well. In the Saumurois area, wines from Saumur include a varied production of whites and reds, and in particular two excellent sparkling wines, Crémant de Loire and Saumur Brut. Not forgetting the very popular Saumur Champigny, a light and lively red wine with its aroma of red berries. Make sure you enjoy a tasting in the Maisons des Vins de Loire in Angers and Saumur.
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Caves du pays Bourg

Located between Angers and Tours, in an area boasting a harmonious variety of landscapes, this nature reserve covers an area of 253,000 hectares in the Loire Valley, a 280km stretch of which is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Saumurois region, hills, vines, bocage farmland, woods, heathland and plains dotted with walnut trees provide the natural decor within the boundaries of the parc naturel, whose landscapes change gradually as you travel across it. Whether you’re travelling on foot, bicycle or by mountain bike, allow our footpaths and trails to guide you, stopping along the way at entertaining and educational information boards highlighting the region’s riches, such as its flooded valleys, vineyards, tufa stone etc; alternatively, take to the water by canoe or kayak to discover the islands and sandbanks of the Loire Valley at close quarters. A welcoming land of discovery, the Parc Naturel Régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine reveals more of its secrets at its information centre in Montsoreau, where fun and interactive exhibits await visitors.
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Saumur

The Loire, the château and the prestigious Cadre Noir national riding school are all indelible features of this charming town, which will also delight visitors with its superb quality of life and its excellent wines. Standing on the banks of the Loire, you will be enchanted by the majestic silhouette of the castle overlooking the river. Another pleasant surprise is that the town boasts numerous listed monuments and a perfectly preserved historic centre. A specially created itinerary will guide you to its most cherished sites: the old town, the Nantilly church, the royal chapel of Notre-Dame des Ardilliers, etc... Other unique holiday ideas include visits to the Combier distillery, the Musée des Blindés tank museum and some extraordinary troglodyte sites. As a town with a festive atmosphere, great gastronomic tradition, numerous restaurants, outdoor terraces, and local food producers, as well as the Maison des Vins de Loire, Saumur will definitely appeal to all of your senses! And as soon as the fine weather arrives, Saumur takes on a distinct holiday atmosphere!
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The Petites Cités de Caractère of Le Puy Notre Dame and Le Coudray-Macouard

Whenever you see a 'Petite Cité de Caractère' sign (a network of rural towns and villages which are full of character), make sure you stop to look around as you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. In Le Puy Notre Dame, the impressive 12 to 13th century church boasts views of the surrounding vineyards and overlooks the incredibly diverse architecture of this old fortified town, which is also renowned for its cuisine and history.To the south of Saumur, the Thouet River leads you to the foot of Le Coudray-Macouard, a delightful village where the blue of its slate and the white of its tufa highlight every nuance of these noble materials, without which the most stunning of the Loire’s castles would have never seen the light of day.
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