Bourgueil. An evocative name (although the pronunciation of Bourgueil may be a challenge to many). Bourgueil is located about twenty-five miles west of the city of Tours, the capital city of the Loire Valley. Bourgueil is also one of the three major red wine appellations from the Touraine region. Over fifteen square miles, the Bourgueil vineyards stretch out in beautiful undulated hillsides. An invitation to go on an errand in the vines. The French associate Bourgueil with Jean Carmet, a famous French actor and emeritus ambassador of the wines of Bourgueil, where he was born. The tourist board of Bourgueil is now hosted in the actor’s family house. A good starting point for a wine tasting experience in Bourgueil. The pretty adjoining village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil will be a natural next step. Popular places to visit near Bourgueil include also the Rigny Ussé castle and the stunning villages of Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau.