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Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

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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.
  • Learn the secrets of Loire Valley wine during a guided winery tour and wine tasting
  • Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards (vegetarian options included)
  • Select a bottle of your favorite wine to accompany your lunch
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
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108 Château du Petit Thouars , 108 Château du Petit Thouars, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Château du Petit Thouars, a short drive from Chinon, where you’ll be greeted by your hosts and whisked on a guided tour of the family-run château.

Learn the secrets of winemaking in the Loire Valley and the importance of ‘terroir’ as you stroll through the château vineyards and peek behind-the-scenes of the historic winery, which has been owned by the du Petit Thouars family since 1634. After seeing the aging cellars where the wines are aged in French oak casks, head to the tasting room to sample the winery’s fine Cabernet Franc and Chenin blanc wines.

After sampling the wines, you’ll have a chance to select a bottle of your favorite to accompany your lunch. You’ll then be left to enjoy your romantic picnic lunch, looking out over the château, the ancient dovecote, and the rolling vineyards.
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Chateau du Petit Thouars
Discover the unique history of the Château du Petit Thouars, a family-owned castle built in 1423 by the Dukes of Thouars. Owned by the Aubert du Petit Thouars family since 1636, the castle has been passed from father-to-son in a direct line, with a vineyard in existence on the property for hundreds of years. Visitors will visit Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vines and learn about vineyard practices in the Chinon appellation. A leisurely stroll will take you to our troglodyte caves where our wines are vinified and aged on-site. You will be walked through French wine vinification practices. Returning to the château you will taste our range of wines. After the tasting you will be brought to a special location on the estate to enjoy your private countryside lunch (salads, cheeses, deli meats, and a special local dessert: the winemaker's tart) on a beautifully dressed table with a bottle of wine to enjoy.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Château du Petit Thouars - Loire Valley Wines
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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71 Reviews
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All around bewilderment
, Nov 2021
Amazing castle grounds, vinyard, wine, and picnic! All was stunning and our hosts were very knowledgable and kind. The picnic was absolutely delicious and romantic, perfect place for a proposal 🥰 I did not include many pictures as so not spoil any of the adventure.
Don't miss this!
, Nov 2021
Talking with Sebastain who owns the Chateau and vineyard was a special experience. It's a beautiful place with wonderful wine.
Great Experience
, Sep 2020
Great experience. Very interesting hearing all about how the wine is produced and seeing the wonderful vineyard. The wine tasted fantastic. The host spoke English very well. Thank you.
Winetasting with a Duke.
, Sep 2020
A really á l'aise tour of the wine estate given by The Duke of Petit Thouars. The estate swims in history, of wich the Duke is a part. We got a private Tour of the estate, wich was very pleasant. Whilst doing the tour he is also still managing his business, wich was pretty interesting to see. It gave us a more traditional feeling than they tours given by bigger wine estates. The Pique - nique was filled with fresh paté's/charcuterie/cheese from the neighbourhood, alsof homemade potatosalad (mmhh) and carrotsalad, accompanied by a bottle of his own red wine ofcourse.
Beautiful day in the vineyard
, Aug 2019
One of the nicest parts of our trip to France. Sebastian and Maryella made us feel at home wandering around the beautiful fields. Loved the explanation of the winemaking process and the wine tasting was great .The picnic with fresh bread , cheeses and pate finished with a winemakers tart and accompanied by a lovely rose was the one memory of our week to France that we still talk about. We would do this again in a heartbeat. Five stars and not to be missed!!!
Worth it
, Jul 2019
It was a great experience with a pleasant walk to the vineyards and then an excellent wine tasting session. The highlight of it all was the delicious lunch with a lovely bottle of red and the families cute dog to keep us company. Highly recommend.
Enjoyed, but more needed...
, Jul 2019
Tour was enjoyable but should include Chateau. Host was insightful but presentation needed work. Lunch was exceptional!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Many thanks for taking the time to review us and we are always looking for ways in order to improve this tour and service. We actually do have a tour that includes the château, which can be booked directly on our website. You were welcomed by the Count du Petit Thouars, the 12th generation owner of the Château du Petit Thouars for your tour and tasting, so I'm surprised that you felt the presentation needed further work, since he is incredibly passionate about sharing our wines and estate. However we're very pleased that you enjoyed your lunch. Thank you for the visit and we hope you will enjoy the rest of your vacation in the Loire Valley.
Wonderful hospitality, food and wine...
Pam C
, Sep 2017
Wonderful hospitality, food and wine tasting. Really enjoyed touring the vineyards
Without a doubt, this was a...
John D
, Sep 2017
Without a doubt, this was a fantastic choice! My husband and I drove up to the beautiful chateau and was greeted by the sweetest little fella - the chateau dog! : He was so cute and walked us around to the back where the tour began. He went on the entire tour with us and even graced us with his presence while we had our picnic. The owner and his wife were very sweet and welcoming to their chateau and vineyard. If you've come across this activity... SIGN UP! It was definitely worth it!
We arrived at an impressive chateau...
Gareth R
, Sep 2017
We arrived at an impressive chateau and were met by our tour guide who spoke perfect English. She took us on a brief tour of the vineyard and told us about its history and how the vines are managed. We then went underground into the caves where the barrels are kept. The cave passages were dug by the builders of the chateau to extract the stone for the chateau some 400 years ago. Whlst we were there we were given a brief talk on the wine making process. We then returned to the chateau where we were greeted by its current owner who told us, in excellent English, the fascinating history of the building and we then tasted about six different wines. A superb simple lunch was served together wth a bottle of wine. In all we were there for about 3 hours. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time and I believe it represented good value. It is possible to buy the wine they make but there was no pressure to do so. It was cold in the cave tunnels so take a jumper!

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