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Chenonceau wine

Beyond being one of the most impressive Chateaux of the Loire Valley – the Chateau de Chenonceaux( is also at the heart of a wine appellation: Touraine Chenonceau.

Touraine Chenonceaux posterThe wines of the Touraine Chenonceaux appellation are dry white (from Sauvignon) and reds (from Côt and Cabernet Franc).

On 20 July 2019 there is a tasting of these wines at the Chateau de Chenonceau – Degustation Sous Les Etoiles – wine tasting under the stars – in the floodlit gardens of the Chateau.

chenonceaux at nightChenonceau (37 Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire) lies (literally) on the River Cher about 30 kms east of Tours – see

In summer there is a Night Walk (Promenade Nocturne)in the grounds of the Chateau(13-15  and 20-22 July, 11-15 and 18 August 2018) Visitors can discover illuminated gardens, accompanied by the music of Arcangelo Corelli, master of Italian classicism. – see


Property of the Crown, then royal residence, Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history.

For the historical background, the “Château des Dames” was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau was protected from the hardship of the revolution by Madame Dupin.

The iron, but very feminine, fist in the velvet glove has always preserved Chenonceau during times of conflict and war in order to make it forever a place of peace.

Chenonceau Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings: Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo… as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century.

Throughout its history, this emblematic Castle has always attracted talent and inspired great artists. Conveying beauty and combining the elegance of architecture with that of the spirit is also sharing an elegant way of life.

At Chenonceau Castle, the flower display in every sumptuously furnished room adds to its elegance. The room of Five Queens, the living room of Louis XIV, the grand gallery overlooking the River Cher, fabulous kitchens constructed in the piers of the bridge, the Green Cabinet of Catherine de Medici…Step by step, Chenonceau takes you back in time to share its dreams and reveal its secrets.