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A passion for vines and wines led us 11 years ago to discover this beautiful 17C former wine producing estate. La Grande Maison is situated amid the Saumur vineyards in the heart of the Loire Valley. Micaela and Sue are your hosts at La Grande Maison for your Loire Wine Tour.
After a varied career incorporating sport, running a small business and teaching Sue made a life changing decision to study wine. Embarking on a Wine Studies course at Plumpton Agricultural College, Sussex UK, Sue finished with a distinction culminating in a position in the wine department as a Winery Teacher and Technician. There followed 2 years at the highly acclaimed English wine producers RidgeView Estate Winery working on all aspects of sparkling wine production from the vineyard to sales. As a lover of viticulture you'll often find Sue out in the vineyards pruning, de-leafing, harvesting and tending the vines. Sue Hunt - BSc (Hons) Higher National Diploma Wine Studies WSET, Cert Ed.
With a degree in Hotel Management Micaela spent the first 15 years of her career in the hotel industry, working for Hilton International in London and Europe. Following this she set up a successful computer software company Wallchart International in the UK as Sales and Marketing Director and developed international business with major corporate clients. Micaela has also passed the WSET Advanced Certificate (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) examination and has excellent knowledge of local wines and producers. In her spare time you'll find Micaela out on the Loire river sailing their Toue Cabanée, an authentique Loire wooden boat. Micaela Frow - BA Hotel Management, WSET AC, LHCIMA.
'Micaela and Sue explained so much to us about the region, the grapes, the wine-making process, and the terroir. Their general and local knowledge was incredible'