The New Beaujolais
We stopped by a TI, and got recommendations for some cute towns to see along the way, and a winery to tour.
The next town we stopped in had another gorgeous church.
But we were really attracted by the ice cream … it was pretty hot out.
The highlight of any country wine tour, of course, is the wine. We had called ahead (on the recommendation of the TI) to schedule a tour at Chateau de la Chaize. As it happened, our tour guide was actually the owner of the winery – and she was very friendly. She told us all about how the winery passed through the generations of her family, and then taught us about the wines that they make.
The tasting itself was down amongst the barrels of aging wine, so the atmosphere was really cool. We tasted and chatted, and I left wishing that I could have brought more bottles with me back to Italy!
After the tasting, she took us to see the family home (aka humungous mansion chateau) and the formal gardens. She actually left us with the keys to the gate and told us to feel free to walk around, and lock up after ourselves.