Les Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) viticoles dans la région Centre-Val de Loire et les châteaux : une impossible équation ?

Abstract : In comparison with the Bordeaux wine region, a chateau in the region Centre-Loire Valley is never, or only exceptionally, a wine estate. Nevertheless, there are in this region more authentic chateaux than anywhere else in France and the history of the vineyards is linked to these chateaux. Roger Dion explained this historical process by a territorial de-identification since the 17th century. Now is a key period in France as wine tourism offers possibilities for territorial development which requires heritage re-appropriation. The development of spatial proximity between chateaux and vineyards can be emphasized where it never disappeared like in Valençay or in Chinon and also through the territorial re-appropriation connecting chateaux and vineyards, like in Cheverny. Indeed, in 1993, the Cheverny AOC took the name of the chateau and the image of the castle is often reproduced on bottles' labels. Also, in 2008, wine growers have opened a wine shop at the exit of the castle that has been a real success according to the number of tourist visits and bottles sold there.
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François Legouy, Christophe Vitré. Les Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) viticoles dans la région Centre-Val de Loire et les châteaux : une impossible équation ?. Norois, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2013, 226, pp.63-77. ⟨10.4000/norois.4595⟩. ⟨hal-02179875⟩

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