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Saumur

Listed under Wine Regions in Loire Valley, France.

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The town of Saumur is between two rivers, surrounded on all sides by vineyards, which produce the sparkling, mostly Chenin Blanc, wines the area is known for.  Saumur also does a fair turn in Cabernet Franc.

Saumur is a good base to use for exploring the Loire, it's got more than its share of hotels and guest houses – or for something a bit different you can stay in one of the ancient tuffeau cave dwellings in of the Loire side cliffs.  Many of the tuffeau caves not used as dwellings are used to store wine.  This is a practice that has been going on as long as there have been vines growing here, which is a long time.

Some of the leading producers in the area are Clos Rougeard, Domaine de Nerleux, Chateau du Hureau and Chateau de Villeneuve, Some of the best sparkling wines, come from Domaine des Baumard and Bouvet-Ladubay.

As well as wine, Saumur has a thing for the cavalry, both in the original sense of the word and the mechanical sense – the town has the National School of Horsemanship and an impressive tank museum, but the town's most impressive local sight is the Château de Saumur.

 

 

Written by  Nell Anderson.

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