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Barbara Zugna from luxury DMC I.D.I. Travel brings us on a singular excursion through the Loire Valley vines.
What is the local hidden treasure?
The Loire Valley is home not only to hundreds of charming and beautiful castles but rivers and vineyards as well. In my opinion, the best experience is to pair these two elements with a champagne tasting on the terrace of Chambord Castle.
What makes it so special?
The intimate atmosphere, peaceful surroundings, views over green gardens, and the idea that you are truly in an authentic castle make the moment unforgettable. I personally had this experience while putting together an itinerary for a client and it was the highlight of the day.
What is the best time for visitors to enjoy this experience?
The spring, summer, and fall are ideal for relaxing on the terrace, sipping the finest champagne while overlooking your kingdom…
if only for an afternoon.
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Barbara Zugno of luxury DMC I.D.I. France opens the gates to the medieval village of Saint-Émilion and its surrounding wine country, rated as the world’s top vineyard.
What makes this place so special?
In the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwestern France, the countryside of Saint-Émilion offers beautiful scenery, unforgettable landscapes, excellent wine, and fabulous food. A visit to Saint-Émilion is always a treat. If you’re into wine, one of the best periods for a wine tour is during the months of September and October around harvest time, though the fall temperatures remain pleasant up until early November.
What role does nature play in the culture and economy of the region?
St. Emilion is the largest major wine-producing region in Bordeaux, with 5,565 hectares under vines and more than 800 different cultivators and producers. That’s why whichever direction you look, you will see lush, verdant, healthy vineyards.
Do you have any particular or special related memories there?
The first time I visited Saint Emilion was in December. I was out for a lovely walk in the early morning. The scenery that appeared before my eyes was unreal… the entirety of the tiny village was wrapped entirely in soft clouds, and the faint light of the morning gave the landscapes a magical atmosphere.