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ripening grapes in the Loire

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A Paradise of Flowers at Chateau de Brissac

brissac logoIf you are in to flower arranging, chateaux and/or wine you could visit the Chateau de Brissac (49 Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire) from 7 – 10 April 2017 when they celebrate “Paradis Fleurs”.
50 nationally and internationally-known talented flower-arranging artists are challenged to create a romantic table for two within the theme of marriage – all within the magnificent rooms of this 7-storey, 200 room, 16th Century Chateau. Before leaving, you’ll be invited to vote for your favourite floral arrangement if you wish – see At least the displays will be inside, so there is no problem if the weather is poor.
Situated a few miles south of the Loire near Angers, Brissac is in the Anjou wine-making region – not far from our favourite Anjou producer Domaine Leduc-Frouin at Sousigné, near Martigné-Briand.
Indeed Brissac is one of the Anjou-Villages, qualifying for the AC Anjou-Villages Brissac. The “-Villages” tag generally signifies a higher quality level than the remaining appellation (the same applies in Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone etc) and beyond specifying a more delimited area of production, the rules on the yield and age of the vines are more restrictive – and generally the older the vines and the lower the yield, the more complex and developed the wine.
Furthermore, the Chateau de Brissac has its own vineyard producing reds (Anjou and Anjou-Villages Brissac) and a sweet Rosé d’Anjou made from Gamay and Grolleau (sometimes spelt as GrosLot, although pronounced virtually the same!)

Chateau de Brissac B&B!

Chateau de Brissac B&B!

In addition to visiting the Chateau, admiring the floral displays and testing the wine, you could also stay a night in one of the impressive bedrooms at the chateau for about €390 a night (per couple)Chateau de Brissac B&B!

Château de Brissac, 49320 Brissac