Frédéric takes us on a journey to discover the hidden treasures of the Saumur region.
Saturday, October 11
The stay begins at the end of the morning with the discovery of the famous Cadre Noir de Saumur. The traditional picnic then takes place not far from the Breil Park. The afternoon continues at the Armoured Museum where experienced guides share their passion with us and answer all questions. It is a unique collection in Europe of nearly 800 vehicles, 250 of which are on display to the public. Mechanics still at the engine museum. This collection is dedicated to combustion engines of all types and has been built and restored by enthusiasts. These parts provide a historical, technical and pedagogical approach to the development of mechanical energy.
To close the Saturday visits, we go to the cellars of Maison Langlois-Château. Located on the top of the hillside overlooking the Loire, this vineyard is the ideal place to produce great Loire wines. During our visit, we were introduced to oenology in 4 acts: the wine school, the discovery of the cellars, the visit of the cellars and the tasting.
Sunday, October 12
Departure from the hotel on Sunday morning at 9:30 am to the cave village of Rochemenier. This village located in the plain is composed of 40 former troglodytic farms with more than 250 cellars. With 20 rooms spread over one hectare, the village museum, managed by a friend of Frederic's, presents the activities of two farming families who lived on these farms until the middle of the 20th century. Then, towards the banks of the Loire where we visit cellars (in the heart of a network of 6 km of galleries) dug in the tuffeau by man's hand. We will have lunch underground and discover Saumur specialities, especially the fouées!
After the meal, we will discover the lives and cultures in the cellars through the tuffeau and its history, snail farming and an active mushroom farm.