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Those who have traveled to France know that the Loire Valley is home to some of the most beautiful châteaux in the world. These historic structures are part of the architectural heritage of some of the most ancient towns in France, and illustrate the Renaissance ideals of design in France.

Leonardo da Vinci's Loire Valley Chateau

Known as the "Prince of the Renaissance", Leonardo da Vinci left a lasting mark on the Loire Valley. His residence, now a museum, is just a short distance from the royal chateau of Amboise.

The French Renaissance revolutionised decoration, architecture, and the way of life. It was largely inspired by Italian artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti.

When King Francis I of France invited Leonardo to the Loire Valley, he immediately became fascinated with the artist. He wanted Leonardo to stay in the Loire Valley and work on a number of projects. He gave da Vinci a generous pension of 700 gold ecus.

Leonardo spent the last three years of his life at the Clos Luce. He was 67 years old when he died. He died on May 2, 1519, in a room at the Clos Luce.

The Clos Luce is a small chateau built in the fifteenth century. It is a popular tourist attraction. It has an underground passage that leads to the Royal Chateau of Amboise. There are also models of da Vinci's designs.

The museum is situated within the chateau, and features sixteen giant working models of his designs. It also has an exhibition room with a cabinet of curiosities, a studio for his paintings, and audiovisual production.

Chenin Blanc styles in the Loire

During the Middle Ages, Chenin Blanc was praised by the Rabelais and is still widely grown in France's Loire Valley. It is an offspring of the savagnin grape. It is a versatile grape that can be made into dry to sweet styles.

There are three main areas of the Loire Valley where Chenin Blanc is produced. These include Mont Chenin, Anjou, and Vouvray. Each area has its own distinct style of Chenin Blanc. The Loire Valley is home to two grand cru appellations for this white grape.

Quarts de Chaume is one of the Loire's most famous wine regions. The region produces sweet, drier, and sparkling Chenin Blanc styles. Many of the wines have been affected by noble rot, a process that leaves behind sugars and a floral aroma.

Montlouis-sur-Loire is a region in the Loire that produces both sweet and dry Chenin Blanc styles. It has soils similar to those of Vouvray. The wines are more accessible when they are young, and develop floral qualities with age.

Savennieres is a tiny sliver of the Loire Valley, but it is known for producing ageable, powerful Chenin Blanc. It encompasses two of the region's grand cru vineyards, which make some of the most complex and age-worthy styles of Chenin Blanc.

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Valencay is a local delicacy

Amongst the most famous local delicacies in the Loire Valley is Valencay, a pyramid-shaped wheel of goat cheese. This fresh, crumbly and tangy chevre is light-salted and has an alluring aroma of hay. It has a pleasant finish of clean milk with a nutty and sweet undertone.

Aside from Valencay, there are several other types of Loire Valley goat cheese. These include Selles-sur-Cher and Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine.

Valencay is an excellent pairing for red meats and a nice partner for a creamy white wine. It has a light fruity flavour, making it a good accompaniment for young Chinon and Sancerre. A little smoky and spicy, it can be served over apples, pears or in a sauce with apricots.

If you are a fan of rillettes, you will love the rillettes from the Loire Valley. They are served as a starter or paired with a local Valencay cheese as an appetizer. You can buy them in charcuteries, or you can make them yourself. You can also buy them in local markets.

The Loire Valley offers many different types of fish. Freshwater fish is available throughout the region, including salmon, pike perch and bream. You can also purchase rillettes made from duck, pork or salmon. There are a number of delicious dishes to choose from, including poulet en Barbouille and beuchelle tourangelle.

Loire Valley Châteaux excursions with a guide

Several Loire Valley chateaux have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are stately manor houses that once belonged to dukes and powerful artists. Most of these chateaux are located in the Loire Valley between Blois and Tours. You can take a day trip to visit these castles and see the best of French Renaissance architecture.

The Loire Valley is known for producing delicate French wines. The region is home to hundreds of chateaux and private estates. The best time to see these castles is during the spring and summer. These seasons are warm and allow for outdoor activities. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch during your tour.

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A two-day Loire Valley tour offers a professional guide and a luxury Mercedes Eurovan. You'll also have the opportunity to tour two local wine estates. The experience includes tastings of the wines and local food. You'll be taken on a guided cellar tour, as well as a vineyard tour.

The two-day Loire Valley tour also includes an overnight stay at a hotel. You'll have an English-speaking guide who will provide an overview of the region's history. You'll learn about the region's geography, as well as the castles that you'll be visiting. You'll also hear interesting anecdotes about the history of each castle.

A Loire Valley day trip is the most popular way to visit the Loire Valley from Paris. The day starts in central Paris. After a short drive, you'll head to three castles in the Loire Valley.

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