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Our boat-trip started in the morning, when Franck Pasquier picked us up in Nantes. Franck is the founder of the agency VLO (Vignoble Loisirs organization) organizing tours to wineries, as well as boat tours and events. He lives and works on the banks of the Sevre and already on the journey to Vertou, he gives us a lot interesting information about the region .
The Sèvre Nantaise is a left tributary of the Loire near Nantes. Already in the Middle Ages the Sevre and river Maine were important waterways to transport the delicious wines from the region via the Loire to the sea.
The idyllic river is navigable for sport boats from the lock at Vertou to Monnières. It winds slowly through predominantly thickly covered bank sections that serve as bird brooding areas. The architecture of the settlements shows a strong Italian influence.
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Arrived in Vertou, François Lelievre welcomes us on his boat Gratitude. The boat, originally built in 1936, is all his pride and has already crossed the Channel.
Architect by profession, François had been building boats of the brand “Canotage de France” for 13 years. In addition to boats, he is passionate about the region and its cultural heritage. In October 2010, the association “Canaux de Bretagne” was founded, focusing on the sustainable development of tourism, cultural heritage and recreational waterways of Brittany. Francois is the Vice President of the Loire-Atlantique region.
He knows the area like no-one else. On our boat-trip he tells us a lot about the places and the manor houses, the flora and fauna and of course about the importance of the Sèvre Nantaise for wine growing region.
Our boat-trip ends at the winery and castle “Château du Coing”. François called it the castle of the sleeping beauty.
Disclaimer: The boat tour was an invitation from Le Voyage à Nantes (LVAN). Thank you! All views and opinions are our own.
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