Try some local wines at the stunning, Renaissance-era Château du Petit Thouars, which enjoys an enchanting hilltop setting just off the Vienne river (between Chinon and Fontevraud). The descendents of Aristide du Petit Thouars, a French naval officer who fought in the American Revolution, have created a small museum illustrating the adventures of their family members that visitors can tour after a dégustation of still and sparkling wines from their hillside vineyard.
The historic château, alas, is still a private home, only to be enjoyed from the outside.
Aug 17, 2011
We had a brilliant welcome at this small family-owned Loire Valley château near Chinon. The property is definitely impressive, with beautiful arches and built in the stunning limestone of the region. We appreciated our welcome by Sebastian, the owner's son, who spoke incredible English and talked us through the wine tasting like a real pro - even if we're far from professionals ourselves! Value for money, you can't find better then the Château
du Petit Thouars wines, which have one several international awards and still only sell for about 6 euros a bottle and 8 euros for their incredible sparkling wine. We left with four cases and would recommend any travellers to visit this vineyard for an amazing moment in the true spirit of the Loire Valley. A real gem!