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The Loire town of Saumur (49 Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire) takes seriously celebrating the wines of the region – mainly sparkling Saumur wine and the red Saumur-Champigny in September each year. Saumur Wine Festivities inculude:-

Fete de Vendanges10 September 2023 – celebrating the annual harvest (by hand) at the Chateau de Saumur – see Fete de Vendanges

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  • Festivini takes place between June and September 2022 – The Festival of wine! – A celebration in and around Saumur to mark the grape harvest season – Markets, concerts and other entertainment, walking in the beautiful Loire valley, horse-riding, plus oenology lessons, wine tasting and other gastronomic delights. Amongst other attractions there is a Marché des Vins de Loire- Loire Wine Market on the Saumur quayside! Whilst on the river cruise boat will welcome visitors – see www.festivini.com

The red wines of Saumur Champigny are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, whilst the whites (sparkling and still) are made with Chenin Blanc. Cabernet de Saumur is a rosé wine, whilst Coteaux de Saumur is a medium sweet white wine. However, if is the dry sparkling wines of Saumur which are probably best known and offer an intesting alternative to Champagne. The red Saumur – Champigny wines have been fashionable in Paris for a few years.

For more info on Festivini see www.festivini.com

For more info on Fete de Vendanges see www.ot-saumur.fr/

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