Château de Valmer - Wines & gardens Certificate of Excellence 2023

Caves Ouvertes - Christmas Market 2023 - 25 and 26 November 2023

A must-see weekend to discover the Château de Valmer wine estate!

Discover the troglodytic cellars dating back to the 16th century and the wine storehouses, which are usually closed to the public, accompanied by Jean de Saint Venant, a passionate winegrower.

Lovers of local produce and crafts will be able to take advantage of the Spring Market, which brings together local producers happy to share their expertise.

Guided tours will be given personally by the owner, Jean de Saint Venant, who today represents the 5th generation of enthusiasts who have worked the Valmer vineyards since the 19th century to produce exceptional wines.

What's more, the competition for the longest gourd - Lagenaria siceraria - is back at Château de Valmer for its eighth edition! Anyone who bought gourd plants at the Bons Plan(t)s on 22 and 23 April and at our open cellars on 7 and 8 May are invited to bring their produce. There are lots of prizes to be won for those who manage to grow the longest plants!

The weekend's programme includes

  • Guided tours of the cellars with Jean de Saint Venant at 11am, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday (approx. 1 hour)
  • Tasting and sale of Château de Valmer AOC Vouvray and AOC Touraine Rosé wines
  • Free admission to the gardens, troglodytic chapel and historic grounds
  • Christmas market with local producers and craftsmen
  • Catering on site
  • Garden Game - a family game to discover the gardens
  • Sunday 25 November: longest gourd competition

Practical information

  • 25 and 26 November 2023 - 10am to 6pm at Château de Valmer
  • Guided tour of the cellars and wine storehouses followed by a tasting of the Château's wines on both days - At 11am, 2pm and 4pm
  • Christmas market and on-site catering
  • Self-guided tour of the gardens, chapel and historic grounds
  • Garden Game - from 7 years old. 5€/booklet.
  • For the longest gourd competition: deadline for entries on Sunday 26 November at 12 noon - results at 3.30pm.