Sancerre is a village in the Cher department, in the Center-Val de Loire region, on the borders of the Nièvre. The limit of its territory is close to the left bank of the Loire.
Located 43 km north-east of Bourges, the town (about 1500 inhabitants) owes its notoriety to the famous homonymous vineyard, whose name has been recognized since 1936 covers more than 2,700 hectares and produces the appreciated white wines (sauvignon grape variety) and red (pinot noir grape variety).
Perched on a hill at 310 m altitude, the old center dominates the vineyards and the banks of the Loire. Since the Revolution, Sancerre merged with the municipality of Chavignol, which forms a large hamlet more than 3 km from the center, famous for the production of goat cheese also benefiting from a registered designation of origin, the dung (fit thick round puck).
Former stronghold with a fortified castle, Sancerre paid a heavy price during the Hundred Years War and during the wars of religion and, in the Revolution, when a royalist uprising was repressed.
Rich in an exceptional historical and environmental heritage, it found in the twentieth century all its luster with its production of wines and cheeses. It is a must for green tourism enthusiasts... and greedy.
Sancerre has the label "city of character" since December 2017.
Before leaving to discover the rich soil (with moderation is understood!), The visit of the town of Sancerre can offer some beautiful discoveries. In the narrow streets, many old houses are not lacking picturesque.
There are also a few private mansions such as the Thaumassière (17th).
The visit of Notre-Dame church (17th century) and the temple, an old chapel granted to the Protestants during the Revolution (18th century), will be included. The building had been built with materials recovered from the sites of the ancient temples destroyed during the revocation of the Edict of Nantes...
Return to civilian heritage with the belfry, built in 1509, but without its bell and clock in 1573. The ground floor hosts a chapel, and on the first floor the aldermen met.
Finally, the tower of the Fiefs, the last vestige of the feudal castle of the 14th century. A veritable donjon of 12 m in diameter and 30 m high, at its summit, a sumptuous panorama at 360 degrees allows to discover the landscape of the Sancerrois. Open from April to October. Price: 2.50 euros.
Finally, a 12th-century Romanesque portal from the old church of Saint-Père la None is visible in the park of the former sub-prefecture...
In order not to miss anything of these remarkable points, a "Ariane wire" comprising 28 stages was drawn on the ground, in the borough of Sancerre. Brochures and leaflets on +33 2 48 54 08 21.
It is time then to better know the prestigious wines of the region at the House of Sancerre installed in an old house. Comprising film screenings, exhibitions, fun activities, a garden of flavors, this space answers all the questions in a friendly atmosphere. Open from April to early November. Admission: 8 euros. Information on +33 2 48 54 11 35.
The most curious, gourmets and greedy, can then visit a producer...
A step that can be included in one of the 20 themed hiking trails that have been designed on Sancerre and its surroundings. Note that special circuits adapted for families with children were thought, called Randoland. Itineraries, brochures and information on +33 2 48 54 08 21.
Finally, the cyclists have not been forgotten, with two circuits for them (one allows to discover vineyards and heritage, the other the charms of the banks of the Loire). Information also on +33 2 48 54 08 21.
In a nearby register, the cyclo-rail also makes it possible to discover the region and its charms from a bike-rail using the old line linking Cosne-sur-Loire to Sancerre. A way to combine sport, conviviality and green and cultural tourism. For more information, please call +33 6 85 22 80 72.
On the third Sunday of February, hiking Bourges-Sancerre (60 km). A rendezvous became mythical (departure at midnight of Bourges). For beginners or younger ones, shorter courses, also arriving at Sancerre, are planned. Information in +33 6 33 35 89 04.
On Thursday of the Ascension, market of the soil and the craft industry.
The last weekend of May, Chavignol Toujours: festive and gourmet animations.
The first weekend of June, fair of the wines of Sancerre.
Finally, more regularly, every Saturday, a market takes place on New Place.