DISCOVERY OF THE TERRITORY AND CULTURAL PATRIMONY

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The Format Raisins Festival is gradually creating close links with the Val de Loire region – its local authorities, its cultural actors, its educational structures, its associative life, but also its economic actors, entrepreneurs, products, heritage and landscapes.

Every day, we hope to promote this territory with culture, art, music… We hope that our festival is contributing with the vitality and openness of spirit of the area.

Throughout our festival we are pleased to offer you a number of visits to cultural places and companies that make live this beautiful region of the Loire.

Visits are free and open to all.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to Marion Dachary by email at public@format-raisins.fr

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WEEK-END 1

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THURSDAY 5 JULY

5:30 PM
Visit of the Maison des Sancerre
Sancerre

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The Maison des Sancerre (“House of Sancerre”) is a genuine “wine tourism office” of the Sancerre appellation. In addition to these general information missions on wines and vineyards in Sancerre (open cellars, tourist route, etc.).

Single price: 6,40€ 

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FRIDAY 6 JULY

10:30 AM
Visit of the Forest of Bertranges
Raveau

The forest was given to the priory in La-Charité-sur-Loire in 1121, and was enlarged several times before becoming state property during after the revolution. The forest of Bertranges now covers almost 10,000 hectares and shelters a rich plant and animal ecosystem.

 

2 PM
Visit of the New Tonnellerie La Grange
Murlin

The Charlois Group opened a new high-end cooperage in 2016, which produces only a few units per day.

 

4:30 and 5:30 PM
Visit of Saint-Laurent’s Abbey
Saint-Laurent l’Abbaye

Founded in the VIth century, Saint-Laurent’s Abbey was first the Saint-Wulfin Monastery or Longrest or Longretz Monastery (Longoretense monasterium albatorum), probably Benedictine, before it became an Augustinian abbey in the early XIth Century.

Single rate : 4€

 

SATURDAY 7 JULY

 

10:30 AM
Visit of the Château de la Motte Josserand
Perroy

La Motte Josserand is an old feudal castle and one of the most beautiful constructions from the Middle Ages in the Nevers region.

 

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3 PM
Visit of the old town of Donzy
Donzy

Follow us to discover historical monuments and picturesque sites from Donzy.

Meeting point in place Gambetta, 58220 Donzy at 15h. Special rate: 4€, free for the children under 18 years old.

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7:45 PM
Visit of the Belvedere
Saint-Andelain

From the top of theSaint-Andelain’s Belvedere opens a wide view from the Loire in La Charité, through the undulations of Sancerre to the south of the Loiret.

 

SUNDAY 8 JULY

 

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3 PM
Visit of the Prieuré
La Charité-sur-Loire

Cluniac site with an exemplary restoration, important step for the pilgrims and now Cultural Center.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to the tourist office: +333 86 70 15 06 / Full price: 5 € – Reduced price (Persons under 18 years old, students in music schools, conservatories, students with scholarships, job seekers with a certificate): 3 €

 

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WEEK-END 2

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WEDNESDAY 11 JULY

10 AM
Visit of the company Seyr du Safran
La Charité-sur-Loire

A place with a great biodiversity to come observe and admire!

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to Marion Dachary by email at public@format-raisins.fr / Free

 

2 and 3 PM
Visit of the company Geficca
Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire

Thirty years of rubber expertise, a double institution in France and Tunisia, a constant innovation highlighting the respect of the environment.

 

5 PM
Visit of Saint-Marcel Church
Narcy

Narcy’s Church is a parish church from the XIIth century with a Roman style. It has been rebuilt in 1674 thanks to noble René – Lasné, lawyer at the Parliament. This church has been listed historical monument in 1992.

 

THURSDAY 12 JULY

 

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10 AM
Visit of the Chabrolles’ site
Beffes

Located in the Germigny valley, Chabrolles’ factory developed in the mid XIXth century, producing quality whitewash.

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11:30 AM
Visit of L’Escargot sur Loire
Chapelle-Montlinard

L’Escargot sur Loire is a snails farming created in 2016. It’s owner invites you to an educational visit and a snails tasting in her farm.

 

 

 

2:30 PM
Visit of the Quartier des Hôtelleries (“the hotel district”)
La Charité-sur-Loire

The quartier des Hôtelleries (“the hotel district”), in the south-west of La Charité, as always had an important part in the history of the town as a welcoming crossing point, especially for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to the tourist office of La Charite-sur-Loire: Full price: 5 € – Reduced price (Persons under 18 years old, students in music schools, conservatories, students with scholarships, job seekers with a certificate): 3 €

 

FRIDAY 13 JULY

 

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11 AM
Visit of the Jean Linard Cathedral
Neuvy-Deux-Clochers

Between Sancerre and La Borne, this cathedral, « the highest in the world as her roof is the sky » is amonumental sculpture and architectural construction entirely created by Jean Linard.

Price: 5€

 

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2 PM
Walk on the Loire’s pond
Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire

Our host Mathurin will be pleased to show your the nature along this ramble on the Loire’s pond.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to the Pavillon du Milieu de Loire au +333 86 39 54 54 / Full price: 7 € – Children (6 to 17 years old): 5 € – family price: 20€

 

5 PM
Museum of Agricultural Machinery and Rurality

Saint-loup des bois 

The Agricultural Machinery and Rurality Museum presents one of the largest collections of agricultural machinery in Europe with more than 150 machines, all in working order.

Free

 

SUNDAY 15 JULY

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9:30 and 10:15 AM
Visit of the Commanderie de Villemoison
Saint-Père

The Commanderie de Villemoison, where we are welcomed by the owners who have restored it with passion for many years, is located near the ancient Roman roads on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Free

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WEEK-END 3

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WEDNESDAY 18 JULY

10 and 11 AM
Rotatable timber’s demonstration
La Charité-sur-Loire

In the center, Emmanuelle Baudry shows the creation of toys through rotatable timber to entertain both youth and old.

 

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2 PM
Visit of Saint-Guinefort’s Abbatiale Church
Saint-Satur

The abbey church, dating from the 14th century, experienced a turbulent history through conflicts with the English and the destruction of the Protestants.

Free

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5:30 PM
Visit of the Château des Granges’ park
Suilly-la-Tour

This castle from the XVIth and XVIIth Century will dive you into the Renaissance period.

Free

 

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THURSDAY 19 JULY

10 AM
Visit of Varzy
Varzy

The town of Varzy, with its castle, its Church Saint-Pierre with a Gothic style, its Treasure, muesums and other pieces of arts, is one of the greats of the region.

The visit can be translated in english. It will end with a friendly drink.

Meeting point at the municipal castle (château municipal)

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to Marion Dachary by email at public@format-raisins.fr / Gratuit

 

2:30 AM
Visit of the Domaine de la Perrière
Verdigny

The museum of the Loire offers a privileged encounter in a historical moment : the old Augustinians’ old monastery. A whole part is dedicated to the Beaux-arts, with an exceptional collection of paintings from artistes such as Chagall, Dufy, Vlaminck, Utrillo or Derain.

 

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5:30 PM
Visit of the Château de Buranlure
Boulleret

Untouched by its owners for 500 years, it has retained its original architecture. It is a unique architectural testimony of the strong houses of the XIV-XV and XVIth Century.

Free

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FRIDAY 20 JULY

9 AM
Canoe trip
La Charité-sur-Loire 

This “canoe-rabaska” trip will allow you to enjoy the Loire’s pond from another perspective.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to the Pavillon du Milieu de Loire au +333 86 39 54 54 / Single price: 26 € – preferential rate for families.

11 AM
Visit of the Pouilly Fumé’s vineyard
Pouilly-sur-Loire

Are you ready for this trip at the heart of the Pouilly Fumé and Pouilly sur Loire’s designations?

Meeting point at the place des Mariniers, the Loges , 58150 Pouilly-sur-Loire.Reservations/ booking should be addressed to Marion Dachary by email at public@format-raisins.fr / Single price: 5€ – free for the children under 18 years old.

2 PM
“Cookie” tasting (Craquants du Val de Loire)
Pouilly-sur-Loire

This family business invites us to discover the secret of their “cookie” making, the Craquants du Val de Loire.

Free

3:30 PM
Wine cellar, aromas and tastings, Tour du Pouilly-Fumé
Pouilly-sur-Loire

A true initiatory experience, the Cave aux Arômes transports you to the sensory world of Burgundy wines.

Reservations/ booking should be addressed to Marion Dachary by email at public@format-raisins.fr – Meeting point at La Tour du Pouilly Fumé, 30 rue Waldeck-Rousseau, 58150 Pouilly-sur-Loire. Single price: 4€

 

SATURDAY 21 JULY

11 AM
Visit of the Jean Linard Cathedral
Neuvy-Deux-Clochers

Between Sancerre and La Borne, this cathedral, « the highest in the world as her roof is the sky » is amonumental sculpture and architectural construction entirely created by Jean Linard.

Price: 5€

4 PM
Visit of the “Forges et marines” museum
Guérigny

This museum traces the history of the Royal Forges of Guérigny.

Price: 5€

 

SUNDAY 22 JULY

10 AM
Welcome to the Galerie Garner Delaporte
Chavignol

Contemporary art gallery, created in spring 2009 in Chavignol in the heart of the Sancerrois vineyard. Exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, collages, engravings… It is the artist-painter Véronique Lafont who is presented this summer.

 

11 AM
Walk in the vineyard
Chavignol

Discover the work of a wine-grower through a guided tour in Chavignol’s vineyard!

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◊ Download the complete program (shows and concerts, visits and wine tastings) from this year’s festival ◊

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