Château du Petit Thouars Tours
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Tucked away among the rolling vineyards of the Loire Valley in western France, the imposing French Renaissance château of Petit Thouars has been producing its award-winning wines since the 17th century. The winery is now run by the 11th generation of the same aristocratic family that has inhabited the château since 1634, these days growing Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc grapes on vines that were replanted in 1975.
Tours of Petit Thouars include guided walks through the vineyard and cellar, where the wines have been aged in oak casks in natural limestone caves for four centuries. The tasting room is in the former stable block for sampling the reds, whites and sparkling crémant, after which guests can book in advance to enjoy a pre-prepared picnic of local specialties among the vines, with a complementary bottle of wine chosen from the tasting session.
Alternatively, hour-long guided river trips take visitors out along the Vienne River on traditional wooden boats and also include wine dégustation and the sampling of regional delicacies. A small museum charts the history of the more colorful members of the ancient Petit Thouars clan and accommodation is available in a charming 19th-century farmhouse on the estate. A visit to the winery can be combined with tours of other famous châteaux of the Loire Valley, including the magical confections of Chenonceau, Chambord and Cheverny.
Route de la Chaussee, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne. Open Mon–Sat 9.30am–12.30pm, 2.30pm–6pm. Wine tours €5–€75. Tastings and museum free. Best accessed by road along the D751 from Samur in 20 minutes.
Address: Route de la Chaussee, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Centre-Val de Loire 37500, France
Hours: Mon–Sat 9.30am–12.30pm, 2.30pm–6pm
Admission: wine tours €5–€75, tastings and museum free
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Château du Petit Thouars
The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent châteaux and historic wineries, and this tour from Chinon combines both into an unforgettable lunch date. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Château du Petit Thouars, then select your favorite wine to accompany your romantic picnic lunch, overlooking the idyllic Loire Valley vineyards.
Enjoy the chance to sample both typical food and local wine during this brief, small-group exploration of the Château du Petit Thouars, ideal for food lovers and those with limited time in the region. Learn about the Château’s history and stop by the troglodyte caves, before sampling both Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc wines for a comprehensive experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Château du Petit Thouars hours of operation?
Château du Petit Thouars hours of operation: Mon–Sat 9.30am–12.30pm, 2.30pm–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Château du Petit Thouars?
The best ways to experience Château du Petit Thouars are:
- Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience
- Epicurean Discovery Tour with Wine & Local Specialties
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