In the Loire Valley of France, at the Château du Petit Thouars, the Count and Countess will hold a number of “Merrymaking Days” throughout the summer. The Best of France Today reports:
Built in 1420 by the Dukes of Thouars, the château was bought by Georges Aubert du Saint Georges, who became the Seigneur or “Lord” of the Petit Thouars, upon purchasing the property in 1636. The current Count and Countess, Sébastien and D’Arcy, moved from Paris in 2014, leaving jobs in the music and fashion industries, to focus on developing the vineyard and the Chinon wines produced on the estate.“Developing the tourism and visits around the vineyard was a real motivating factor for us, in coming here to live,” says the Countess, “as we considered the Petit Thouars a sleeping beauty – a place that really deserved to be discovered. We are very excited to be able to share the generations of history that surround us, in an exceptional setting, where we also get to share good food and our award-winning wines”.“The idea of mixing the history, the amazing Loire Valley food, with our Chinon wines also lead us to develop the idea of our Merrymaking Days.” Indeed, foodies and Francophiles alike will not be disappointed, as the full-day events take place once a month, from June to September. The events include a commented tour on a traditional wood-bottomed boat on the Loire river, a cocktail inside the château (which is usually closed to the public), a sit-down lunch with many local specialities, a full tour of the vineyard and historic cellar (where the wines are aged in French oak barrels) and a full wine tasting, including old vintages.