From wine to choccies, your scoffing (and quaffing) spree starts here

GAEC LIMOUZIN FRÈRES, LE PETIT-PRESSIGNY

Head to this goat farm and cheese producer to discover the delights of the region’s famous Sainte-Maure de Touraine, plus enjoy some tastings. Made with fresh goat’s milk, this distinctive log-shaped cheese is instantly recognisable by the rye straw running through it. www.loirevalley-france.co.uk

LOIRE VALLEY WINE TOURS

Several companies offer tours of the region’s vineyards, including Loire Valley Wine Tours. Try its short breaks to the Vouvray and Touraine area to get right to the heart of the Loire’s wine industry. The tours range from day trips to ‘super stays’ and incorporate château visits, as well as tours and tastings at several wineries. You’ll sample Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint- Nicolas-de-Bourgueil wines – and learn how to pair them with cheeses and cured meats. www.loire-valley-tours.com

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HENRI BOURGEOIS VINEYARD

Head to this vineyard owned by the famous Sancerre Famille Bourgeois for rather special tastings and tours. The family has been making wine for a staggering ten generations, producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – including a lovely aromatic Pouilly-Fumé. Visit the family’s hotel/restaurant La Côte des Monts Damnés too. www.henribourgeois.com

MAX VAUCHÉ CHOCOLATIER

Chocoholics will think they have died and gone to heaven at this temple to all things chocolate. At this prize-winning chocolatier in Bracieux, in the Loir-et-Cher département , you’ll discover the secrets of chocolate production. Take a tour of the factory, then, the moment you’ve been waiting for… the chance to taste Max Vauché’s wonderful handmade creations. maxvauche-chocolatier.com

AMBOISE FOOD TOURS

Join a local guide for an exclusive experience of the region’s food, assembling your picnic lunch as you go. You will sample unbeatable cheeses from a family-run fromagerie , terrine, rillettes and saucisson from a local charcuterie, visit a boulangerie and pâtisserie, not to mention try wines at a cave à vin beneath the Château d’Amboise. You will then head to a secret garden in the city to enjoy them. Delicious! www.amboisefoodtours.com

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