Thouare sur Loire!!

And once again back to this nice town by the Loire river where I also go to get my house wines for the last couple of years. This is Thouaré sur Loire in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire region. And this is alongside the wonderful Loire river.

I have written before on the town and its church but let me give you a bit more of the practical information we all need for visits. I was there this week again so hope you enjoy the run to the wines at Thouaré sur Loire as well.


Thouaré-sur-Loire is in the historically Brittany, the name in Breton is Tarvieg. Thouaré-sur-Loire is located on the north bank of the Loire, 10 km north-east of Nantes. The origins of Thouaré are confused. According to certain assumptions, the foundation of the city would be due to a Roman legionary of the name of Taurus or Tauraicus who would have installed a rich villa. Or it would be due to a Celtic god celebrated in this part of Gaul: Taur.

You get to Thouaré sur Loire by taken N165 to the boulevard peripherique Nantes N844 to porte Sainte Luce no. 42 ,then ,take route de Sainte Luce D68 dir Sainte Luce sur Loire to La Blandiniére turn left to Vignobles Marchais in about 2 hrs. Or get the scenic drive off the N844 take porte du Vignoble no 43, and get on the D751 road that runs alongside the Loire river on your left hand side, past the picturesque Boire Courant village to the le bout de ponts and the D37 direction Thouare sur Loire and you past twice the pont de Thouare bridges as they pass the Ïle la Chenaie into rue des ponts at the Church St Vincent (see posts) traffic circle take right into the road D68 direction Mauves sur Loire but before on the village of La Blandiniére you will see on your left hand side the signs for the Vignobles Marchais.




There is a train station but not sure if trains stop here as the building was lockup boarded up windows but I did saw a TGV passed rather fast by it, anyway there must be local service here is the station from the bridge over the tracks at rue des ponts.


Four regular SEMITAN bus lines serve Thouaré-sur-Loire: Never taken but the most interesting seems to be the Chronobus C7, which connects Thouaré (from 2 terminus: Clairais and Trianon) to line 1 of the tramway at l ‘Souillarderie stop in Nantes, via Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire.

A bit of history I like

Around the 13C, civil and religious powers were concentrated around the Château de la Motte, also called the Château de la Tour. The lord of the place, “founder of the Parish”, exercised the rights of high, medium and low justice over his subjects. Especially in 1567: Anne Descartes, half-sister of the famous philosopher; Note, during this period, the arrival of the King of France Charles IX and the court who went to Nantes, acclaimed by the Thouaréens. He stayed at the castle of Thouaré where he was received by Claude de Bretagne (son of Charles de Bretagne and Philippe de Saint-Amadour, countess of Vertues, baroness of Coueffret, viscountess of Guingamp and lady of Thouaré).

During the revolutionary unrest, Thouaré (apart from a few victims including the constitutional priest Giron) was generally spared from massacres and destruction. Thanks to Napoleon, the country was restored to peace and the Thouareans were generally favorable to the Empire and they showed it. In particular during his visit to Thouaré, on August 11, 1808, for which a triumphal arch was erected on the Chemin Nantes, where the Thouaréens acclaimed the Emperor, or during the feast of the birth and baptism of the King of Rome, where a bonfire was lit and wine given to the public. In 1815, when Napoleon fell, France was occupied by foreign powers. Thouaré was occupied for several weeks by a detachment of Saxons.

In 1832, the demoiselles du Guiny (born at the Château de la Hillière) were involved in the uprising organized by the Duchess of Berry, with a view to bringing the Duke of Bordeaux to the throne of France. (see post Count of Chambord).

The War of 1870 affected Thouaré very little. The First and Second World Wars were more deadly, especially the first which saw the death of 43 inhabitants of Thouaré. The Thouaré bridges were blown up three times, notably on June 19, 1940 by the French army, and on June 18, 1944 by the British air force.

Things to see: Saint-Vincent Church (see post). Just as a reminder I need to see a lot more !!


La Vierge des Noues This oratory was initially located at the Noues crossroads (now Place de la République). It was transferred in 1863, at the intersection of the roads of Mauves-sur-Loire and Belle Vue, because of the construction of the Saint-Vincent church. It is in the shape of a small temple, with pilasters, a triangular pediment and its semicircular arch. Note the presence of an ornate grid and mosaics. The Noues virgin was the subject of a restoration which ended in November 2005.

La Croix Bertrand Located on the path leading from La Pamprie to La Robinière, the Croix Bertrand was not the first Calvary erected on this site, hence the name given to it of “new Cross”. La Croix Bertrand owes its name to its founder, Dominique Bertrand, who erected the Calvary in 1705, during the reign of Louis XIV. In 1944, the wooden cross that existed at the beginning of the century was replaced by the current Calvary.

Château de la Picauderie is a vast estate of just under 2 hectares located near the Loire, opposite the ancient port of Thouaré. Before the 18C, there was already an important residence, we find the remains to the east of the property, such as a perfectly preserved bread oven. Having belonged successively to the Proust and then to the D’Avoynes, the Domaine de la Picauderie became, under little-known circumstances, the property of the Barbiers, ironmasters in the region of Châteaubriant and Nantes merchants Built in 1773, the castle is of the purest neoclassical style. This castle is a typical 18C madness.

Located to the north-west of the town, on the slopes overlooking the Loire, the Château de la Hillière is a neoclassical-style castle. The origins of La Hillière are confused. Only the converted vestiges of the old stately homes built around the 14th century remain. During the Revolution, the Hillière, as well as all its furniture, land and farms, were sold as national property. the estate has been occupied since 1952 by the community of the brothers of Saint-Gabriel. In an 8 hectare park surrounded by landscaped gardens, stands the castle

The Castle of Thouaré. The origins of the castle, probably built on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa, date back to the 10C. The castle had a great influence in local life until the Revolution. He belonged to different families. The most famous owner was Anne Descartes, half-sister of the famous philosopher the domain was bought in 1882 by the family of Vienne who still own it. The east facade of the castle presents a style combining Renaissance elements, such as the dome lantern-tower, and others from the Middle Ages, such as the battlements, or the double-mullioned window dating from the second half of the 19C; of tufa and stone, it is framed by a full curve, on which appear the coats of arms of the families of Vienne and Boucher’s Argis, owners of the estate.

The main reason I come here is for my house wines at Vignobles Marchais (more soon) but posts on it already in my blog. The vineyards of Nantes Webpage: vineyards of Nantes on Thouare sur Loire

Official Vignobles Marchais webpage: Vignobles Marchais wines

The city of Thouare sur Loire in French : City of Thouare sur Loire

There you go folks , another wonderful area of my belle France and this one includes wines of the muscadet appellation and more, we love it. We load up and are really good at decent prices. The town is quant laid back country town of the real France, this is what Hemingway forgot to tell you and I am trying my best! Hope you enjoy Thouaré sur Loire.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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