Winter is a quiet time in the Loire Valley, especially for tourists. The only people who are really busy are the winemakers, as they are using the period when the vines are dormant to carefully prune them. This is a job that can only be done by hand and by someone who knows what they are doing. It's hard back breaking work, in the cold and wet quite often. Nevertheless, wineries are still ready to welcome visitors, especially if they are wine lovers and interested in buying a few bottles. In the photo our clients are being given a tasting by the winemaker's father-in-law. He had kindly made the tasting room cosy by lighting a fire (he was burning old vine stakes!). It is these personal touches that make our winery visits special.
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