Hello all! I’m heading to the Loire Valley at the end of August for about a week and was hoping for recommendations for good chateau to visit and taste at. I’m driving from Nantes in the west to Paris Unfortunately I lack any French language skills. I enjoy all the wines of loire regardless of color style or grape as long as it’s well made and interesting. Looking for places that don’t require reservations or have an easy reservation process. Thanks! Any information is appreciated! Will probably be spending most of my time around Chinon/Vouvray area.
If you're interested in going to Saumur you could reach out to Brendan Stater-West, he's an American ex-pat who works Romain Guiberteau on the Domaine Guiberteau wines as well as making his own, I think he enjoys having American visitors so he has a chance to speak English!
Huet in Vouvray is very well set-up for English-only visitors, plus the tour is incredible.
Domaine Vincent Careme in Vouvray
Domaine des Aubuisières also in Vouvray
Charles Joguet in Chinon
My colleague had a good visit at Baudry a couple of years back
Just to update everyone I made it to many great wineries on my trip, here were some of the highlights: Nicholas Joly, Charles Jouguet, Huet, Foreau Clos Naudin (Vouvray), Domainede la Pepiere. Thanks for the suggestions!
Sounds like a great visit, Mark!
I second the Huet recommendation - probably the most "Napa Valley"-style tasting experience I had in the Loire.
I also believe that Nicolas Joly's Coulee de Serrant has normal open/visit hours. No real language skills required (we were just left on our own to taste) and the estate is neat to see.