Wine fair at Saumur

All the tents house a different winemaker. In the background is Saumur’s old theatre, undergoing restauration. The dome on the top will be a bar/restaurant with panoramic views of the pretty Loire-side chateau town.

Today we had a great day out visiting FESTIVINI the Marché des Vins de Loire presented on the Saumur quayside!

Brian and Gerrard

Brian with Gerald who used to be the Commercial Manager at Le Domaine de la Paleine in Le Puy Notre Dame but now runs a Bistrot Restaurant called Les Tontons in Place Saint Pierre in Saumur. As you can see he still represents La Paleine on occasions.

FESTIVINI, in its fourth year, is a week long wine festival event held every September in the Loire over two weekends, in which it celebrates the wines of Saumur and the Loire with a programme of organised wine activities.  There is a different event every day including, hikes through the vineyards, dances, this year a privileged wine tastings of vintages at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud by a reknown winemaker and other special dinners, wine tastings and food pairings.

We walked around for some considerable time talking to local producers (and friends)! from Saumur Champigny, Saumur Puy Notre Dame and Anjou, all welcoming and happy to fill up our wines glasses which were bought at the entrance for 4,00 Euros!

Music to taste by.

Music by the quayside.

There were lots of outstanding wines to sample.  Bravo to the Loire vignerons!  But we really have to mention the Famille Denis from Domaine du Petit Clocher, Clere sur Layon (deep in the heart of the Anjou and Layon vineyards where we used to live before Le Puy Notre Dame) who have been selected for inclusion in “Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2014” for their Red Anjou 2012.  This is a brilliant achievement as over 40,000 wines were screened, 10,000 selected from that and then 500 favourites.  The wine is a rich ruby colour, it exudes aromas of cherries and blackcurrants, on tasting it’s round, light and crisp, just delicious and it is suggested best enjoyed with chicken or Beef Capaccio!


Fredrick Filliatreau. La Domaine Filliatreau is one of “names” of Saumur-Champigny and was, almost single handedly responsible for turning the appellation from the darling of Parisian wine bars to the producer of excellent, complex, long-lasting reds.

A talented band provided music for everyone creating a wonderful atmosphere and as we strolled around in the sunshine we took time to watch the Loire Cruise boats transporting visitors up and down the river!

What a great day, Life is not boring ‘Living in the Loire’!!

A votre!

Have a look at our new website for information about guided wine tours and tastings either with/without accommodation  at an

Gracien - Meyer

Gratien-Meyer. One of Saumur’s great sparkling wine houses.

old wine producing property which dates back to before the French Revolution, deep in the Saumur vineyards of the famous Loire Valley.  We offer two charming self catering, fully equipped gites in the pretty wine village of AOC Saumur Puy Notre Dame, classed a ‘Village of Charm’ and ‘Petit Cité de Caractére’ with its magnificent Collegiale on the route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle!  Come take a look!!!



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