Chateau du Hureau

Loire Valley
Philippe Vatan & his daughter Agathe

Basic Info

The historic property of Château du Hureau - one of the only wine producing Châteax in the Loire - is among the top producers of Saumur-Champigny. The château has been in the family for generations, and today, is run by fifth-generation vigneron Philippe Vatan and his daughter Agathe. Located four miles east of Saumur and 15 miles west of Chinon, the Hureau Chateau itself boasts jaw-dropping Loire-esque architecture including an octagonal tower, mansard roofs and boar-headed weathervane from which the estate derives its name. The 13th Century wine caves are built into an enormous tufa-limestone shelf that borders the back of the château. And it is on top of this shelf, planted in this same tufa-limestone, where the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc grows. Château du Hureau began embracing a natural approach to viticulture in the mid-2000s, and was officially 100% organic as of the 2007 vintage.