Today I wanted to drive through the Coteaux du Layon Appellation and hopefully have a taste of the various wines.... Well, I did the drive through Thouarcé, Bonnezeaux, Rablay sur Layon, Beaulieu sur Layon..... Ordinary little villages, yes surrounded by vines, but not a lot of invitations to taste. I ended up at St-Lambert du Lattay, where I visited another wine museum; this one was very educational.... a good place for a school visit, starting with the biology of vines, the geology of the terroir, before the real business of wine-making, with some very impressive old machines and tools used in wine production:
There was also a Maison du Vin, supposedly open every day in July, August and September.... but they changed their minds about September!!
So I drove north to the city of Angers..... A little hairy finding my way into the city centre, but made it in the end.
Angers is located on the Maine river, and... who would have thought it??? has a château...
|View from the ramparts|