Loire Valley Online

www.lvo.com

Visiting the Loire Valley section of France does require some research, especially since many people are not familiar with the area.  Loire Valley Online contains a number of different types of information about the area.  It should be noted, however, that the website contains a copyright of 1998-1999.  While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the page was last updated on those dates, it does mean you should collaborate any information from the site with a site that you know is up-to-date just in case the content is old.

The accommodations section of the site is very informative and lists a number of Loire chateaux, Loire castles, and restaurants.  The site breaks these down by cities, so you can see only hotels in Cher or in Indre-et-Loire, for example.  Each entry lists the address, phone number, and webpage of the establishment if one is available.  The site also has comments on some of the hotels and restaurants.  There are even some listings for campgrounds, furnished apartments, and bed and breakfasts.

The site also has a good bit of information on Loire wine and viticulturists.  Just like the setup for accommodations, you’ll find contact information for each winery plus a description of what type of wine is produced there.  To round out a great picnic with your wine, the Loire Valley Specialties section includes listings of many different special meats, fruits, vegetables, desserts, and other foods you can find in the area. 



The website includes several other interesting sections.  They have information about the Gien Faience Factory, an art factory, information on gardens in Loire, and some information on the Acadian line, a museum detailing the history of the Acadians.  Links to emergency services, maps of the area, and a weather report are also very useful. 

New Renaissance Magazine is published by the website, and you’ll find their latest features online.  This includes information on Loire castles, gardens, genealogy, and the art of living, which highlights artwork and other goods.  Again, it’s uncertain how recent this information is.  It does, however, make for fascinating reading.  The site overall is good, but double-check any information that appears to be time-sensitive or outdated.

Loire Valley Wine Sancerre, Bourgueil, Pouily

www.terroir-france.com/wine/loirevalley.htm

This website is intended to cover the Loire wine region, its history, and it interesting geography.  The information is all provided to you through various links.  For example, if you wanted to learn more specifically about Loire wine in general, then you could go to the first link provided and it would take you to an informative panel that discusses the various wines that are made in the Loire Valley.  There is also a table on this page that goes through and offers you more specific information about the kind of grapes grown, the location of most wineries, and the average size of the vineyards.

Another connection on the main page titled, “Wines of Loire Valley,” will take you to a different page that describes the different kind of wines that are most commonly grown in Loire: Muscadet, Anjou, Coteaux du Layon, Saumur, Touraine, Bourgueil, Chinon, Vouvray, Pouilly Fumé, and Sancerre.  Each of these different wines are then listed in the different regions of Loire and each of these names has a link with it that will take you to a separate page that goes into more depth about the different kinds of wine.  This is a helpful addition of information for those people who are looking to learn more about wines of this region.



There are several other links on the site that will take you to various points of information, depending on what you want to know about Loire wine.  There is even a very informative section that will help you to plan a meal around the kind of wine you are thinking about trying.  For instance, you might be interested to know that if you are thinking about eating oysters it is recommended that you try the Muscadet wine with them to help enhance the taste.  Likewise, goat cheese goes well with the Sancerre.

On the right hand side of the page there is also a navigation bar that will allow you to find out more about other wines that are made in France.  So, if you find that you want to learn more about the wines available in France in general you can easily navigate to that page as well.

Wine Tours in the Loire Valley near Saumur France

www.loirewinetours.com

This site is specifically geared toward those who are interested in available Loire wine tours.  That’s because the Loire Valley is well known for its grapes and the versatile wines that these fruits can produce.  Many wine aficionados and novices alike have found gone on a tour that is designed to open them up to these wines while at the same time introducing them to the French countryside that produces these wines.

If you are someone who is interested in going on some of these Loire tours of the wine country, then this site can help you decide on what kind of tour you might like to participate in.  In the upper right hand side of the screen there is a navigation bar, you can go to “Wine Tours” and then you will be able to navigate to the different Loire wine tours that are available.  For example, if you are interested in a half day tour you can go to this option and see the different options that are available in this category.



For those who are more interested in doing an entire holiday centred on Loire wines, then you can even experience everything from a one day tour to a one week tour depending on your needs.  If you were to choose the two day tour then you would still have time to go to other parts of France on your vacation, but if you were to opt for the one week tour it is likely that your entire vacation would take place in the beautiful Loire Valley.  The options are clearly laid out under each of these categories so that you can find the one that will work best for what you are looking for.

There are also plenty of pictures available to show you what you would be experiencing and doing while you are on a Loire wine tour.  Under each of the plans categorizations then you can easily find photographs of what you will be doing and where you will be staying while you are in the care of this Loire tours company.  This can be extremely helpful for those who like a more visual interpretation.