Loire Gite Holidays – Loiret
With its main town Orleans, the Loiret Department is named after a tributary of the Loire. Orleans is a large Loire Valley town, with plenty of museums, hommages to Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans (who expelled the English from Orleans in the Hundred Years War), vibrant shopping and an imposing cathedral. There is a department wide tourist website with plenty of Loiret information at – www.tourismloiret.com
Wine growing is on its uppers around Orleans, after years of being in the doldrums. So much so that two relatively new AOC varieties now exist – Orleans and Orleans-Clery. Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier are the varieties used to make red wine while the white wines are made from Chardonnay. Unpretentious and drinkable – so plenty of opportunities for a spot of wine tasting while touring this part of the Loire Valley.
The Grand Chateaux continue through this Department with the most famous being Chateau de Sully, medieval Yevre-le-Chatel and Menung-sur-Loire.