The 2017 edition of VitiLoire is on this coming weekend – Saturday 27th and Sunday 29th May – in central Tours. This is the largest consumer Loire wine fair attracting producers (downloadable list here) from the Pays Nantais to Pouilly-Fumé/Coteaux du Giennois. Opening hours on Saturday are from 10.00 to 19.00 and on Sunday 10.00 to 18.00. Entry is free with just a small charge for a glass.
Vitiloire is right in the centre of Tours in front of the Tours mainline station, in the centre of the Boulevard Heurteloup and the Jardin du Vinci.
As well as tasting wines they can be bought and there are porters that will carry your purchases to your car. Alternatively wines can be sent throughout France from as little as two cartons on six bottles.
There are also various food stalls mainly selling local specialities.
VitiLoire also involves 10 local top chefs such as Marie (La Petite Cuisine, Tours ), Vincent Simon (Cuisinier de Campagne, Ingrandes de Touraine), Florent Martin (Au Martin Bleu, Tours), Olivier Loize, (La Mère Hamard, Semblançay) and Sébastien Leroy (patissier de l’Orangerie de Chenonceau), who give a programme of demonstrations over the two days.
There are guided bike rides, including one to Vouvray, as well as walks.
The first edition was in 2003 and VitiLoire has proved to be a great success. Last year’s edition saw around 150 producers and 40,000 visitors over the two days. The weather forecast is for hot sunny weather with highs around 30˚C on both days.
Bruno Curassier, Domaine de la Grange, Touraine
Not a wedding but someone who
will carry your wine purchases to your car
Catherine Dhoye Deruet, Domaine de la Fontainerie, Vouvray
Lunch in the shade
France remains on high alert
Tours mainline station