Saumur-champigny



DateSamedi 02/09/2017
Departure pointSalle des Ifs
49400 Varrains
49 - Maine et Loire
coordinates[latitude] - [longitude]
Appellation involvedSaumur-champigny
DistanceParcours classique : 7,5 km
Parcours famille : 5 km
DurationParcours classique : 3h30
Parcours famille : 2h

Hike(s) - Départures : 

  • Classical itinerary
    entre 9h30 & 10h
    entre 10h & 10h30
    entre 10h30 & 11h
    entre 11h & 11h30
    Departures every 10 minutes.

  • family itinerary
    9h30
    10h
    please come 15 minutes before.

  • handicapped itinerary
    9h50
    please come 15 minutes before.

Language(s) Spoken :

Made from the best Cabernet Franc grapes, this deliciously fruity wine is one of the great red wines of the Loire. Pure, crisp and easy-going, Saumur Champigny wines are a true reflection of this distinctive terroir.

This Vignes Vins Randos trail takes you through Varrains, one of the 9 villages of the Saumur Champigny appellation, on a journey to discover the village vineyards, wine cellars and monuments, and to admire some stunning scenery along the way.

Itinerary:
  1. Depart from the Ifs Sports Complex following the main road through the village, where you will find many of the appellation’s wineries.  Varrains is famous for being the smallest of the villages in terms of hectares - but the largest in terms of winegrowers!  Your first stop is at Domain du Vieux Bourg, where we can see an old-fashioned lever press tucked away in one of the troglodyte cellars.  Enjoy a glass of saumur-champigny paired with a local food.

  2. The trail continues through the vineyards along a wall built of tuffeau, the region’s iconic stone, towards another Domaine, the Domain de la Bonnelière.There will be another opportunity to taste saumur-champigny wine served with a local food speciality.
     
  3. A further walk through the vines takes you to the slopes, where you start your climb to higher ground. The third stop is a local viewing point with a superb panorama over Varrains.  Enjoy a glass of saumur-champigny under a walnut. 

  4. You then pass close to Château de Varrains, a fascinating historical monument rebuilt in the 18th century. The façade is built from tuffeau limestone, as are the walls surrounding the Domaine’s 4 hectares of Cabernet Franc vineyards.  Your last stop is at the heart of these vines, with another chance to taste saumur-champigny wine with a regional speciality food.  

Back at the village, the VVR team will be waiting to extend a warm and friendly welcome.  Light refreshments will be available, also an artisan food market where you can buy local culinary specialities. The wines you tasted during your walk will be on sale, and the young and young at heart can enjoy the wooden toys and games provided, while a live band provides musical entertainment.

Family trail: This is a slightly shorter trail of 5 km, and includes stops 1; 2 and 4. 

Accessibility: This trail is fully accessible using an all-terrain wheelchair.  Specially designed wheelchairs can be hired from Serge Klipfel in Saumur, tel. +33 (0)6 28 34 40 22.

Solo : You want to do a VVR trail but your friends are not big fans of walks in the vines ? VVR have thought about you and offers you the possibility to share a walk betwen "solos", always accompanied by a wine-maker. 

For restauration, have a look at :
Le Gambetta : 02 41 67 66 66
Auberge du Moulin de Sarré :
La Taverne d'Antoine : 02 40 83 11 36
Auberge Saint Pierre : 02 41 51 26 25
Auberge des Isles : 02 41 50 37 37
Le Puy à Vins : 02 41 40 39 64
Les Terrasses de Saumur : 02 41 67 28 48
Le Plantagenêt : 02 41 51 71 11
Bistrot de la Place : 02 41 51 13 27
Le pot de lapin : 02 41 67 12 86
Le Bistroglo :
L'auberge de la route d'or : 02 47 95 19 01
For the night, we selected for you those places :
Gîte Le cottage : 02 41 52 97 29
Camping Huttopia Saumur : 02 41 67 95 34
Le clos du Rucher : 02 41 52 35 89
Ami Chenin : 02 41 38 13 17
Le Lamartine : 02 41 50 92 63
Les Loges de Vignes : 02 41 52 21 78
Château de Chaintres : 02 41 52 90 54
Château de Targé : 02 41 38 11 50
Gîte du vigneron :
Domaine de Joreau :
Hostellerie la Croix Blanche : 02 41 51 71 11
Château de Verrières : 02 41 38 05 15
Le Parc : 02 41 67 17 18
Les Terrasses de Saumur : 02 41 67 28 48