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WOMEN WINEMAKERS OF THE

Loire Valley

FRANCE
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its glamorous landscapes and chateaux, the Loire Valley offers a 1,000-km wine route that reveals historic monuments, royal abbeys, and prestigious world-famous wine districts. Join us on this journey next spring!

UPCOMING TOUR - 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS  -  APRIL 3-9 2023

Hidden behind each renowned wine district is a famous Loire chateau: Chenonceau, Chambord,  Saumur, and Chinon. More than one thousand vineyards including specially accredited wine cellars, where you will meet extraordinary women winemakers and taste their numerous types of Loire Valley wines. Meet these women behind some of the best wines in France and learn how they broke the glass ceiling of wine making.
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Winery Tour

Visit seven different domaine that are owned by women for a personal encounter and learn about their challenges as change makers in an industry that is still dominant by men.

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Flower Workshop

Learn how to master the art of making a unique flower composition from flowers cultivated especially in the castle flowers garden.

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Accommodation

Stay in a spectacular and historic building in the heart of the Loire valley reimagined by the two starred Michelin owner and chef Christoper Hay.

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River Boat

Sail along the Loire river on an iconic wooden boat passing by magnificent chateaux while sharing a glass of wine and a gourmet lunch.

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Nicknamed the "Ladies' Château", discover how the French queens and other powerful women curated this architectural feast as it grew over the centuries.

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Cooking Workshop

A master chef and a winegrower will host this culinary workshop with moments to savour. 

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MEET YOUR HOST
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Winemaker & Viticulturist, Managing Partner at LaStella and Le Vieux Pin

Severine Pinte came to LaStella in 2010 with 14 harvests of international wine-making experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Master's in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology.

 

After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc.

 

For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 Terres in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir. In the winter of 2003, she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-originated varieties.

 

Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favourite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”

Next spring, Sevrine is excited to lead this unique tour and accompany you with her professional insights on a journey to discover the women winemakers of the Loire Valley.

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