A wine-making domaine offering B&B on the lesser-known but superb vineyards of Menetou-Salon in the Centre-Val de Loire region: Domaine l’Ermitage B&B
An 18th century farmhouse where Laurence et Géraud de la Farge make excellent wines.
The Domaine de l’Ermitage has 5 guest rooms all beautifully decorated, 2 situated in the main house and the 3 others situated in the old mill. There is an oudoor swimming pool in season. Free wifi.
You can stroll in the beautiful gardens at sunset.
Situated at Berry-Bouy (18 Cher, Centre-near Bourges the B&B is ideally situated for a trip to the wonderful gothic cathedral at Bourges and to the vineyards of Sancerre about 30 miles north east.
Here the wines are part of the Loire Valley, although technically the wines of Menetou-Salon are classed as Wines of the Centre. The white wines are especially fine here – minerally dry Sauvignon Blanc, as good as and cheaper than neighbouring Sancerre. At the Domaine de l’Ermitage they also make red and rosé wines. This area also offers other good, but undervalued wine appellations such as Reuilly and Quincy.
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Located directly southwest of Sancerre, this relatively small appellation produces a similar range of high-quality white, red and rosé wines that offer excellent value.
Location:This vineyard in the Cher department covers ten communes: Menetou-Salon, Quantilly, Aubinges, Saint-Célos, Morogues, Parassy, Soulangis, Vignoux-sous-les-Aix, Pigny, and Humbligny.
The vines are planted in upper Jurassic Kimmeridgian limestone sediment. The rugged side (Cuesta) to the east (Morogues) softens toward the west as it moves nearer to Menetou-Salon.
Temperate climate with a continental influence. The average yearly temperature is comparable to that of Sancerre. Average annual rainfall is 850 mm (33.5 inches), the highest in the Centre-Loire, but not excessive. loirevalleywine.com