We had the good fortune to be in Saumur at Easter and saw there was the chance to visit on the Sunday when many other wineries were closed. It was a superb 2 hours entertainment for 2€ each, including a free tasting glass.
Whilst we waited for the tour to start we were able to sample as many of the wines as we wished and there were 2 guitarists playing and singing to add to the party atmosphere. At the start of the tour they serenaded us into the Caves.
Our 2 guides then alternated and we were well informed on the historic and present day methods of production. Further sampling happened along the way to prevent anyone dying of thirst. Tour lasted an hour and was well paced with audience participation using some of the antique machinery used previously.
Finally we emerged into the sunshine with another glass where the musicians further entertained us, and some of the party danced. Wines were sensibly priced but there was no necessity to buy or pressure in that respect.
I feel sure a visit here would always be good but we counted ourselves especially fortunate.
The only question remains why did so many widows (veuves) end up with sparkling wineries?!
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