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Azay-le-Rideau wine village – Centre/Loire Valley

Chateau of Azay-le-RideauThe wine village of Azay-le-Rideau (37 Indre-et-Loire, Centre/Val de Loire) is known throughout the world for its Renaissace era Chateau.Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the chateau is witness to  monumental restoration, where stonemasons, carpenters and roofers combine their talents to restore this jewel of the Loire Valley to its full glory. Yet it is also home to a local wine under the appellation Touraine Azayle-Rideau.

Wine label - Azay-le-RideauThe balance of production here is split primarily between lively rosés of Grolleau and bright, Chenin Blanc-based white wine. Only a small proportion of the local wine is classed as AOC Touraine Azayle-Rideau, the remainder being labelled as Touraine for red, white and rosé wines. Yet the white Touraine Azayle-Rideau is a rich aromatic white well worth seeking out.

The Chateau is on the end of an island on the River Indre, and this is a peaceful and tranquil area, ideal for exploring Loire Valley Chateaux and wine!

One of the major producers of wine in this area is Couly-Dutheil, who have a special wine tasting shop for the medal-winning wines of Couly-Dutheil situated just outside the Chateau of  Azay-le-Rideau at 22 rue Balzac t: : +33(0)2 47 45 43 19

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