VAL DE LOIRE MILLÉSIME 2020

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VAL DE LOIRE MILLÉSIME 2020

InterLoire (the Loire Valley wine marketing board) is inviting you to discover the top Loire vineyards and meet the winegrowers and representatives of the region’s renowned estates and businesses at the 2020 ‘Val de Loire Millésime’. Held in Angers for the first time, it offers you an opportunity to taste an extensive array of Loire Valley wines from April 26 to 30.

PROGRAM

SUNDAY 26 APRIL

2:00 pm-6:00 pm ARRIVAL
Welcome in Angers and check-in at the hotel

7:00 pm-10:30 pm PRE-DINNER DRINKS AND PRESTIGE DINNER
Prestige dinner featuring Anjou wines: the top dry and sweet wines from the vineyards of Anjou

MONDAY 27 APRIL

9:00 am-10:00 am MASTERCLASS 1: PRESENTATION OF THE LOIRE VALLEY WINE REGION AND THE 2019 VINTAGE (FRENCH / ENGLISH)

9:30 am-12:00 pm FREE-POUR TASTING OF MEDAL-WINNING WINES FROM THE LOIRE VALLEY WINE COMPETITION
Table top introduction by appellation

12:00 pm DEPARTURE FOR A CHIC VINEYARD PICNIC
A trip to the vineyards of Ancenis to discover Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire, cru Champtoceaux & Coteaux d’Ancenis by experiencing fishing in the Loire alongside the producers, chefs and winegrowers.

2:30 pm-6:00 pm AN INTRODUCTORY VISIT TO THE VINEYARDS
Welcome aboard! A boat trip along the Loire to discover life and activity on Europe’s last untamed river, followed by a walk through the vineyards and visit to an estate.

7:30 pm-10:30 pm SPARKLING WINE EVENING BY LOIRE VALLEY COMPANIES

TUESDAY 28 APRIL

9:15 am-11:00 am MASTERCLASS 2 – VOUVRAY AND ITS DIFFERENT VINEYARD SITES
Understanding the different expressions of Vouvray

  • 9:15-10:00 am – English session
  • 10:15-11:00 am – French session

9:15 am -12:00 pm THEMED TASTING
Introductory table top tastings

  • The wines of Touraine, aperitif-style wines
  • White Saumur (Chenin) and Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame (Cabernet franc), two facets of Saumur wines
  • Rosés: the ‘typical’, ‘atypical’ and ‘forgotten’ styles

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm BUFFET LUNCH
Continue to engage with the winegrowers and companies attending the tastings

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm AN INTRODUCTORY VISIT TO THE VINEYARDS
Head off on a voyage of discovery of designated vineyard sites for white Anjou with a presentation of the quality pyramid scheme for the growths and tasting of future named vineyard sites alongside a geologist. Visits to vineyards and estates.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm DINNER WITH A WINE MERCHANT
Engage with Loire Valley winegrowers over some great wines in a friendly, festive atmosphere.

WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL

9:30 am – 11:15 am MASTERCLASS 3 – CRÉMANT DE LOIRE
Identify the characters of a wine stemming from the Loire’s tradition of quality sparkling wines.

  • 9:30-10:15 am – French session
  • 10:30-11:15 am – English session

9:30 am – 12:00 pm THEMED TASTING
Introductory table top tastings

  • Vouvray: tasting wines from a variety of vineyard sites
  • Savennières
  • The Sauvignon grape variety under the PGI Val de Loire
  • ‘Pineaux d'Aunis de la Vallée-du-Loir’ rosés and reds from the Coteaux du Vendômois and
  • Coteaux du Loir appellation areas

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm BUFFET LUNCH
Continue to engage with the winegrowers and companies attending the tastings

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm AN INTRODUCTORY VISIT TO THE VINEYARDS

  • Activity 1: ‘Vignes Vins Randos 2020’: 129 days to go! Enjoy a preview of the gourmet food trail through the vineyards of Saumur-Champigny with 4 tasting stops alongside the winegrowers.
  • Activity 2: Get ready for take-off and fly over the vineyards of Saumur! An introductory flight over the vineyards to discover the unusual geography of the Saumur area followed by a trip in a vintage VW camper (Seating is limited to 12).

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm VIEWS OVER THE LOIRE & SAUMUR HERITAGE
Tasting of the 7 SAUMUR appellations – from the rooftop of the Dôme, Saumur theatre

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm CABERNET FRANC DINNER
Share a dinner with the local winegrowers and wine companies served with red Loire Valley wines and their iconic grape variety
 

PRESS CONTACTS
Clair de Lune – Émilie Charvet & Mathilde Blanchon
Tel.: 04 72 07 42 41 – mathilde.blanchon@clairdelune.fr

INTERLOIRE CONTACT
Anne-Sophie Lerouge
Tel.: 02 47 60 55 00 – as.lerouge@vinsvaldeloire.fr

 

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM (PDF)

 

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