The picturesque town of Sancerre, perched high on its hilltop above the vineyards, plays host to a delightful fair on the last weekend of August.

The foire is held in the old mushroom caves – Cave de la Mignonne – below the town and comprises a colourful mixture of wine, food and craft stalls. All the main wine regions of France are represented, not just the Loire, and it is therefore an ideal opportunity to taste many wines.

Cave de la MignonneWe stay at Le Panoramic hotel, renowned for its spectacular views and outdoor swimming pool overlooking the vineyards.

Outside pool at our hotelThe weekend starts with a brief meeting in the hotel lounge at 4pm before strolling down to the foire, where we spend a few pleasurable hours, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the wines (if desired).

In the evening we walk into the heart of Sancerre to the delightful La Tour restaurant. The superb food in this Michelin-starred restaurant is the perfect match for the stunning view over the vineyards from our upstairs dining room.

On Sunday morning, Pierre or Bertrand Riffault, our Sancerre winemakers, will meet us at la Maison des Sancerre where we learn about the history, the complex terroir and winemaking practices of this famous region. Pierre will then be our guide for a coach tour of the local vine-laden hills en route to his vineyard at Chaudoux.

Bertrand Riffault talking about SancerreAt his domaine we will enjoy a tour of his vineyard and cellar before being treated to a tasting of his superb Sancerre wines (white, rosé and red) and a sumptuous ‘gourmet’ picnic lunch in his garden.

View from our Les Caillottes vinesWe return by coach to the hotel where we have time to return to the foire, to explore the surrounding countryside, or perhaps enjoy a swim in the hotel pool.

Dinner is normally a struggle for most people after the lengthy lunch, so we don’t arrange a group meal for this evening. There are plenty of options available, including a restaurant next door to the hotel and we can make suggestions to suit your individual needs if you wish.

INCLUDES: 2 nights’ accommodation at Le Panoramic; dinner (with wine) on Saturday night, lunch on Sunday (with wine) and all wine tastings and activities. Coach transport on Sunday. £295 per person For booking details please email


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