Loire Valley Wine Tour started in response to requests from travel agents, guests at Les Sequoias, Garden Design Academy students and others, for guided visits to the vineyards of the region in which we live.
Keen wine enthusiasts, we trained with the professional body the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, taking our knowledge to another level. As educators, we love to pass on what we have learned to others and as proud residents of the region, we are pleased to introduce guests to the delights of our adopted home.
Our house is graced by a 16thC wine cellar which is slowly filling up with fine wines from around France. The work is never finished!
Marie-Chantal Elliott was born in the great wine-making city of Bordeaux, with a Father in the financial side of the industry and grandparents who made Cognac. Educated alongside some of the great names in the wine industry she worked in travel and tourism for many years, including airlines, travel agents and hotels, before starting her own B&B business.
Linking food and wine is Chantal’s speciality, serving meals to enthusiastic clients at Les Sequoias using local produce bought at the market or direct from growers. Home made food is always popular with clients and with quality local produce and Chantal’s skills, we result is memorable. Chantal has a keen palate and a good knowledge of the wines of the Loire and beyond.
Colin Elliott is passionate about the Loire Valley, its chateaux, gardens, lifestyle and, of course, its wines. Colin is a garden designer by trade but spends the majority of his time teaching for the Garden Design Academy. One of his favourite courses is the Certificate in Viticulture, aimed at budding wine-makers and vineyard owners, which attracts students from around the world.
Touring and tasting with visitors is one of Colin’s great pleasures and as a French speaker he is on hand to translate, clarify and demonstrate the art, craft and science behind the wines you will be sampling. A natural enthusiast, his excitement at discovering these wines and winemakers is infectious.
Come and join us!
We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to the Loire Valley. Tours can be booked and paid for online using our secure payment system credit cards or Paypal). Please check availability with us before booking and if you would like to visit a garden, a chateau, a gourmet restaurant or a special area while you are here, do not hesitate to ask us to arrange it.
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