Overlooking the city and the Loire, the current castle was built from 1482, on the site of an old medieval fortress, at the request of Anne de Beaujeu. The castle is located on the ruins of an ancient medieval building, the great stately hall of which stood between the castle and the church. Currently only remains a tower built towards the end of the 14th century, the "Joan of Arc" tower visible from the terrace and thus called in memory of its passage to the castle. It now houses the Museum of Hunting and Nature in the Loire Valley ...
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The Faïencerie de Gien was created in 1821 in Gien in the Loire Valley, in the heart of France.The XIXth century gave birth to numerous production sites, heirs of ceramists of past centuries. Its bicentennial history is linked to the name of its creator, the Englishman Thomas Hall. Hall moved to Gien and bought the enclosure and the buildings of the Convent of the Minimes located on the banks of the Loire.
At that time, the city of Gien had several advantages: it was an important commercial crossroads, the city was full of raw materials (clays, sands, siliceous pebbles from the Loire) and above all the Loire was used to transport wood from Orleans for baking ovens ...
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The Loire river is often presented as the "only big wild river" in Europe. Indomitable and capricious, no roadblock hinders its course. The entire river has been listed as a site of Community importance for the European Natura 2000 network under the two European directives "Birds" and "Habitats", for the protection of its wild flora and fauna.
A neighbor of the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé AOCs, the Coteaux-du-Giennois area is the most northerly vineyard in the Loire region of Nivernaise. From the old terraces of the Loire in Gien, the vines extend towards Cosne-sur-Loire on clay-limestone soils. Oriented at their beginnings towards red and rosé wines, resulting from the blend of gamay and pinot noir, the coteaux-du-giennois developed the culture of sauvignon.
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