Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil is the only Loire appellation wine to be produced within the confines of a single village. Its wines are supple and fruity, with flavours of red berries.
The Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil trail leads through the heart of the
vineyards, is 5 km long and suitable for young and old alike. We will walk across hillsides with
spectacular views of the vines, and learn more about this appellation through
its vineyards, wineries and the delightful wine and food pairings served at
From the village, you will be directed to a coach taking you to the
departure point for today’s walk. During the journey, there will be a short
introduction to the appellation and its many attractions
. The trail departs from
the easternmost limits of the AOC area, from the Pays de Bourgueil’s Visitors’
Wine Centre which houses the appellation’s wine museum.
- A walk through the heart of the
vineyard brings you to your first stop - the cellars of a local wine-grower. Taste a selection of Saint Nicolas de
Bourgueil rosés served with local speciality ‘pommes et poires tapées’.
second stop will take your breath away: a secret cave hollowed out of tuffeau
limestone: both imposing and charming, and the perfect conditions for storing
wine. Here you will be offered a variety of red wines, all appellation
classics, served with rustic-style bread baked specially for the occasion alongside
a selection of charcuterie.
- Your last stop will be in the midst of the vines, where we will look at some of the
newer plantations. You will learn a little more about young vineyards, and
about the methods used to protect the plants from frost - vineyard fans are only
one example. Your final tasting will
include rather more tannic reds, served with local cheese.
Back to the village now,
where the VVR team will be waiting with a warm, friendly welcome. Food trucks will sell a variety of French
foods including fouées, a local bread speciality. The wines you sampled during
today’s walk will also be available at the producers’ market, along with other
local wines; take time to try a very special cuvée made by all the
appellation’s producers together.
Wooden toys and games will add to the fun, and live music will complete
the party atmosphere.
Picnic site available for those who prefer to bring their own picnic.
for families and for all-terrain pushchairs.
For restauration, have a look at :
Restaurant Côté Cour : 02 47 45 30 36
L'auberge de la route d'or : 02 47 95 19 01
Au coin des halles : 02 47 96 37 25
For the night, we selected for you those places :
Gîte de la Tour :
Hôtel Val de Loire : 02 47 45 28 29
Hôtel de Biencourt : 02 47 45 20 75
Troglododo : 02 47 45 31 25
Le Grand Monarque : 02 47 45 40 08
L'île Bellule :