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Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

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Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent châteaux and historic wineries, and this tour from Chinon combines both into an unforgettable lunch date. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Château du Petit Thouars, then select your favorite wine to accompany your romantic picnic lunch, overlooking the idyllic Loire Valley vineyards.
  • Learn the secrets of Loire Valley wine during a guided winery tour and wine tasting
  • Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards (vegetarian options included)
  • Select a bottle of your favorite wine to accompany your lunch
  • Choice of departure times throughout the day
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108 Château du Petit Thouars , 108 Château du Petit Thouars, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Château du Petit Thouars, a short drive from Chinon, where you’ll be greeted by your hosts and whisked on a guided tour of the family-run château.

Learn the secrets of winemaking in the Loire Valley and the importance of ‘terroir’ as you stroll through the château vineyards and peek behind-the-scenes of the historic winery, which has been owned by the du Petit Thouars family since 1634. After seeing the aging cellars where the wines are aged in French oak casks, head to the tasting room to sample the winery’s fine Cabernet Franc and Chenin blanc wines.

After sampling the wines, you’ll have a chance to select a bottle of your favorite to accompany your lunch. You’ll then be left to enjoy your romantic picnic lunch, looking out over the château, the ancient dovecote, and the rolling vineyards.
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Chateau du Petit Thouars
Discover the unique history of the Château du Petit Thouars, a family-owned castle built in 1423 by the Dukes of Thouars. Owned by the Aubert du Petit Thouars family since 1636, the castle has been passed from father-to-son in a direct line, with a vineyard in existence on the property for hundreds of years. Visitors will visit Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vines and learn about vineyard practices in the Chinon appellation. A leisurely stroll will take you to our troglodyte caves where our wines are vinified and aged on-site. You will be walked through French wine vinification practices. Returning to the château you will taste our range of wines. After the tasting you will be brought to a special location on the estate to enjoy your private countryside lunch (salads, cheeses, deli meats, and a special local dessert: the winemaker's tart) on a beautifully dressed table with a bottle of wine to enjoy.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Château du Petit Thouars - Loire Valley Wines
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Amazing day and food!
Micheal_B
, Jul 2022
This was an excellent tour! Sebastian is very knowledgeable and shares his enthusiasm throughout the day. The house is stunning and the wines are delicious. Would highly recommend this as an activity. Food / picnic was also amazing!
star-5
Wonderful people. Wonderful picnic. Wonderful wine.
George_D
, Jun 2022
The couple who own the chateau are wonderful and very warm and accommodating. One member of our party has mobility issues and they set up our picnic under some trees in their courtyard. Their wine is delicious and it was a great break from what can be a rush, rush, rush vacation. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommend.
star-5
Would recommend highly
Harriet_S
, Jun 2022
Understanding the process of wine making end-to-end was great with Sebastian and his family vinyard. I booked this experience for my partner who is studying to become a sommelier in the UK, and he absolutely loved it. He and Sebastian were having really interesting conversations about the wine making process the entire way around, but Sebastian was still able to clearly explain to me (a total wine novice) about the process in English. The wine tasting was great 5 bottles we tried and then enjoyed one with lunch. The only thing that disappointed me slightly is that I thought the advert said we could choose which wine we would like to have with our picnic, but Sebastian chose for us. I wasn’t keen on the wine he chose (only because I prefer white wine) but never the less my boyfriend enjoyed the Les George red wine with his picnic. It was a shame about the weather as I was very much looking forward to a romantic French picnic in the vines but Sebastian kindly popped us in one of the out houses to keep dry! It was still very delicious French food and plenty of it! Fantastic experience.
star-5
Loved our winery picnic and tasting!!!!
Julie_W
, Jun 2022
We absolutely loved our winery tour and the tasting followed by the most delicious lunch. We never imagined it would be such a delicious lunch. Impeccable and made with the highest standards!!
star-5
A wonderful tour and incredible lunch!
Emily_P
, Jun 2022
A phenomenal tour given by the owner of the chateau and vineyard, Sebastien, whose family has owned the property and winery for hundreds of years! Sebastien taught us all about the wine making process, gave us a tour of the vines, and talked us through a tasting of several vintages. We were also joined on our tour by Biscuit, the vineyard cat who made sure we were having a great time throughout. After the tour, we had what can only be described as the best lunch of our time in France, a beautiful picnic with so many delicious fresh local things to sample, as well as a bottle of wine from the chateau. They were even able to accommodate a gluten-free dietary request which made the experience that much better!! Thank you Sebastien, D'Arcy, and Biscuit for an amazing experience!!
star-5
All around bewilderment
Jennie_M
, Nov 2021
Amazing castle grounds, vinyard, wine, and picnic! All was stunning and our hosts were very knowledgable and kind. The picnic was absolutely delicious and romantic, perfect place for a proposal 🥰 I did not include many pictures as so not spoil any of the adventure.
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Don't miss this!
WandaS_M
, Nov 2021
Talking with Sebastain who owns the Chateau and vineyard was a special experience. It's a beautiful place with wonderful wine.
star-5
Great Experience
Lizzie_S
, Sep 2020
Great experience. Very interesting hearing all about how the wine is produced and seeing the wonderful vineyard. The wine tasted fantastic. The host spoke English very well. Thank you.
star-5
Winetasting with a Duke.
Thomas
, Sep 2020
A really á l'aise tour of the wine estate given by The Duke of Petit Thouars. The estate swims in history, of wich the Duke is a part. We got a private Tour of the estate, wich was very pleasant. Whilst doing the tour he is also still managing his business, wich was pretty interesting to see. It gave us a more traditional feeling than they tours given by bigger wine estates. The Pique - nique was filled with fresh paté's/charcuterie/cheese from the neighbourhood, alsof homemade potatosalad (mmhh) and carrotsalad, accompanied by a bottle of his own red wine ofcourse.
star-5
Beautiful day in the vineyard
Robert_C
, Aug 2019
One of the nicest parts of our trip to France. Sebastian and Maryella made us feel at home wandering around the beautiful fields. Loved the explanation of the winemaking process and the wine tasting was great .The picnic with fresh bread , cheeses and pate finished with a winemakers tart and accompanied by a lovely rose was the one memory of our week to France that we still talk about. We would do this again in a heartbeat. Five stars and not to be missed!!!
star-5
Worth it
Lizsith
, Jul 2019
It was a great experience with a pleasant walk to the vineyards and then an excellent wine tasting session. The highlight of it all was the delicious lunch with a lovely bottle of red and the families cute dog to keep us company. Highly recommend.
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Enjoyed, but more needed...
cameronhenderson02
, Jul 2019
Tour was enjoyable but should include Chateau. Host was insightful but presentation needed work. Lunch was exceptional!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Many thanks for taking the time to review us and we are always looking for ways in order to improve this tour and service. We actually do have a tour that includes the château, which can be booked directly on our website. You were welcomed by the Count du Petit Thouars, the 12th generation owner of the Château du Petit Thouars for your tour and tasting, so I'm surprised that you felt the presentation needed further work, since he is incredibly passionate about sharing our wines and estate. However we're very pleased that you enjoyed your lunch. Thank you for the visit and we hope you will enjoy the rest of your vacation in the Loire Valley.
star-4
Wonderful hospitality, food and wine...
Pam C
, Sep 2017
Wonderful hospitality, food and wine tasting. Really enjoyed touring the vineyards
star-5
Without a doubt, this was a...
John D
, Sep 2017
Without a doubt, this was a fantastic choice! My husband and I drove up to the beautiful chateau and was greeted by the sweetest little fella - the chateau dog! : He was so cute and walked us around to the back where the tour began. He went on the entire tour with us and even graced us with his presence while we had our picnic. The owner and his wife were very sweet and welcoming to their chateau and vineyard. If you've come across this activity... SIGN UP! It was definitely worth it!
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We arrived at an impressive chateau...
Gareth R
, Sep 2017
We arrived at an impressive chateau and were met by our tour guide who spoke perfect English. She took us on a brief tour of the vineyard and told us about its history and how the vines are managed. We then went underground into the caves where the barrels are kept. The cave passages were dug by the builders of the chateau to extract the stone for the chateau some 400 years ago. Whlst we were there we were given a brief talk on the wine making process. We then returned to the chateau where we were greeted by its current owner who told us, in excellent English, the fascinating history of the building and we then tasted about six different wines. A superb simple lunch was served together wth a bottle of wine. In all we were there for about 3 hours. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time and I believe it represented good value. It is possible to buy the wine they make but there was no pressure to do so. It was cold in the cave tunnels so take a jumper!
star-5
Fantastic experience from very...
Krish M
, Aug 2017
Fantastic experience from very informative vineyard tour to the luscious picnic in the chateau grounds.with wine ! A must do experience if you are in the area.
star-5
This was an amazing experience...
khandelwal.meghas
, Jul 2017
This was an amazing experience, better than we expected. Darcy and her husband were extremely nice! The lunch in the Vines, the vine itself, the caves and the tasting experience were all amazing!!
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This estate has been in Sebastin's...
Susan O
, Jul 2017
This estate has been in Sebastin's family for over 500 years! Sebastian and his wife, D'Arcy are now living and operating the estate and vineyards! We started with a lovely walk in the vineyards, joined by their dog and cat! D'Arcy showed our group 3 different types and areas of the vineyard and a lot of information regarding the criteria they must meet in order to label their wines appropriately. We also toured the cellars, actual caves, where they age their wines. Michel, their winemaker was busy labeling bottles of rose for shipment. After the walk, we were introduced to their wines with a wine tasting. As we sampled the wines, a gorgeous table was set up outdoors under the trees for our picnic. As we started to eat, the afternoon rains came and we all gathered our plates and food and wine and returned to the wine tasting room to finish lunch. There was more than enough food bread, cheese, pate, terrine, salads and it was very nicely paired with our wine choice. Dessert was a local apple tart ? with wine glaze. Yummy. A very comfortable day. Sebastian and D'Arcy were gracious and warm and relaxed. This is a very unique way to experience a winery. The country in the Chinon area is wide and spread out. I would advise using a GPS for your travels.
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Such a beautiful experience this...
Nisha G
, Apr 2017
Such a beautiful experience this was, highly recommend. The picnic in the vineyard was romantic and picturesque and something out of a fairy tale. Touring the wine cellar and tasting all the delicious wines with Darcy was a great experience. We bought the dry white to take home! Loved this visit!
star-5
Incredibly charming and amazing...
Carrie M
, Sep 2016
Incredibly charming and amazing chateau, with a rich history and a bright future. The family who owns the chateau could not be more hospitable, kind and cultured. We had a wonderful time, amazing food, delicious wine and unforgettable experience! Thank you!

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