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The sophisticated town of Amboise on the banks of the Loire is famous for its grand castle.
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Bourgueil Vineyards

Just a few miles north of Chinon, the intimate Bourgueil vineyards boasts peaceful country roads and gorgeous vine-covered hills.
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Read Indagare's review of this storied castle.

Château de Beauregard

Near Chambord, the Château de Beauregard began as a Renaissance-era hunting estate and now invites visitors to explore the property’s inviting grounds.
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Château de Chenonceau

Built in the early 16th century, this fairytale château is one of France’s most famous.

Château de Rivau

Château de Rivau, on the other hand, is all fairytale and creative fantasy near Villandry and Chinon.

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Château Gaillard

Château Gaillard, which was purchased and renovated by an erudite French luxury goods executive, opened to the public in 2016.
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Originally a fortress, this Renaissance castle is today a world renowned center for landscape architecture.
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A classic beauty among the Loire castles, Cheverny has been owned by the same family for over six centuries.
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Chinon Wineries

The Loire Valley vineyards are some of France’s undiscovered gems.
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Clos Luce

Clos Luce château is where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for the last years of his life.

Domaine de la Chevalerie

To get a feel for the quality and breadth of wines, stop at Domaine de la Chevalerie outside of Bourgueil.

Domaine de Noiré

The best Chinon winery in terms of service and activities is the Domaine de Noiré.


Perhaps the most interesting and well-developed of the smaller castles, Montpoupon is also one of the most picturesque.
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Plan for at least half a day at Villandry, beginning with a visit inside the castle and continuing with the gardens.

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