Eat and drink
It wouldn’t be a vacation in France without enjoying the world-renowned French cuisine. The Loire Valley, between its famous wines, fresh produce, and delectable cheese, has so much to offer when it comes to gastronomy. Chateau de Montgoger is ideally placed for discovering this flavorful scene. Bon appétit!
The Loire Valley is France’s third largest wine producer. With its plethora of grape varieties, the region has given rise to a great number of fine wines, recognized in name by the location of production: Bourgeuil, Chinon, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Saumur, Touraine, and Vouvray, among others. The region also hosts an official 800-kilometer wine route called the “Route des Vignobles.” An interactive map with cellars and vineyards that are open to tourists can be found here. Additionally, each year during the grape harvest, guided walks are available through the Loire Valley vineyards. For more information, check out its website.
There are several vineyards and cellars not far from Montgoger, all of which offer tours of their vineyards and cellars and are accompanied by tastings:
Les Caves de la Peuvrie in Sainte-Maure de Touraine (more information)
Les Caves de la Salle in Avon Les Roches (more information)
Domaine de la Poterne in L’Ile Bouchard (more information)
Domaine de la Commanderie in L’Ile Bouchard (more information)
While these are the closest vineyards, there are a large variety of options as shown on the interactive map above that cater to specific types of regional wines.
The French market is a must-see for any foreigner; even French tourists enjoy visiting markets of regions that are not their own. The markets of the Loire Valley offer a large variety of local produce, the selection depending on season. The larger markets will also usually have cheese, butcher, and wine vendors as well.
There are several markets within biking or walking distance of Montgoger, and more can be found by car in any number of Loire villages.
Marché de Saint-Epain (2 km from Montgoger)
Place de la Mairie
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Marché de Sainte-Maure de Touraine (8 km from Montgoger)
Place du Marché
Fridays, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Here at Montgoger we are lucky to be located just next to the city of Sainte-Maure de Touraine, which produces a goat’s cheese by the same name that is known throughout France. This delicious, unpasteurized cheese is available in markets throughout the region and is an absolute must if you are visiting the Loire Valley for the first time. Sainte-Maure de Touraine is quality controlled with the AOC seal (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or “Controlled Designation of Origin” –a French certification with clearly defined standards of tradition and consistency with regards to products from designated geographical regions).
A 10-minute bike ride from Montgoger can also lead you to Ferme de l’Archerie, a local goat farm with a sumptuous selection of organic goat’s cheese. Open from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday for cheese sales, farm-owners François and Camille also offer a 1-hour visit each of these days at 3:45 PM where they guide you through their land, the animals, and also offer a tasting. For more information, check out their website.
If you are interested in testing a restaurant nearby, check out this map of local places to eat surrounding Montgoger.