Laid-back but vibrant Tours is often described by locals as a mini-Paris. Home to 30 street markets and the annual Fore a l’ail et au basilic (garlic and basil fair), this is a place for both high gastronomy and simple local cuisine. This is a city of good living! The Touraine Wine Museum on rue Nationale is a must to absorb information on the region’s wine history as well as samples and tasting sessions. Afterwards, sit in the Place Plum and sip on a local sparkling Couvray wine and watch the world go by.
There’s no better place to round-off your wine journey than the charming Saint-Loubès, at Chateau de Reignac, to be precise. The 4* hotel sits in Loire Valley among 11 hectares of enchanting green scenery. Beyond the beauty of the setting, the 18th century chateau itself plays a significant role in the region’s history: it was once the estate of French aristocrat and hero of the American Revolution, Marquis de Lafayette. Today, guests are invited into the luxurious dining lounge to sample some of the finest wines in western France. Try the award-winning Chateau de Reignac 2012, a delicate and fruity Bordeaux that receives multiple gold medals every year.