Chinon. Famous for its quality red wines ... but also a beautiful medieval city worth a (de)tour.


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Chinon, great wines ... but also a beautiful medieval city worth a (de)tour

This travel guide will help you plan your stay and organize a wine tasting in some of the best wineries nearby.

Chinon is not only a great place for tasting beautifully made spiced-fruit red wines. Chinon’s landmark is the “Royal Fortress” which overlooks the city. Back to the medieval ages, in the days when Richard Lionheart was brought to the town after being wounded at a battle nearby. With the proximity of Bourgueil and Saumur, the region of Chinon is also a privileged destination for lovers of authentic and generous terroirs. Wine and food. On the wine side, Chinon totals over 200 wineries. Red wines (a lot), but also very elegant white and rosé wines. Welcome to Chinon, home of the best red wines in the Val de Loire region. Looking for the best wineries and wine tasting experiences near Chinon? Keep reading.

Chinon images
The medieval city of Chinon - Rooftops
The medieval city of Chinon and its rooftops
Visiting the Royal Fortress of Chinon
Chinon: The royal fortress, on its rocky outcrop overlooking the city
Bernard Baudry - Chinon - La Croix Boissée
A fine label for Baudry's red Chinon
The medieval city of Chinon - The streets
The streets of the medieval city of Chinon

Chinon : where to taste wine?

A selection of great wineries in the area. Pick a winery to book the perfect wine tasting experience.

A wine tasting in Chinon? In the city center, you can go to the tasting “shops” of some great wineries : try a stop at Caves Plouzeau (Château de la Bonnelière) or Couly Dutheil. For lovers of fine wines, the villages of Panzoult and Cravant-les-Coteaux will be the perfect option for wine tasting at great wineries such as Domaine Bernard Baudry or Domaine Grosbois (remember to book in advance). For families or lovers of wine-related activities, the Domaine Pierre et Bertrand Couly will be an ideal place.

Wine appellations near Chinon

Chinon : Things to do and to see in the area

Recommended attractions and must-see places nearby.
Capital city of the Anjou wine region, a perfect starting point for your wine tour of the Layon valley.
Welcome to the heart of Anjou, at the confluence of Saumur and Coteaux du Layon vineyards!