Statue Château de la Viaudière


History of the Château de la Viaudière

The Château de la Viaudière overlooks the Layon hills between Champlain-sur-Layon and Valanjou since the 16th century.

This beautiful bourgeois dwelling has been a family property since it was built. The vineyard started growing in the 1930s.

The Gelineau family are winegrowers from generation to generation. The Château’s specialties are the production of sweet and dessert wines from Coteaux du Layon, red, white and rosé Anjou wines and Crémants de Loire (sparkling Loire Wines).

Nowadays, the destiny of Château de La Viaudière is taken in charge by Pierre-Antoine Giovannoni. Since 2000, he follows the steps of his father-in-law Olivier Gelineau, after studying viticulture and oenology. He works vineyard combining respect of the tradition of the wines of the Loire Valley and modernity in the methods of winemaking, reaching for ever more quality and emotions.

Pierre-Antoine takes the best out of the most from typical grape varieties of our vineyard such as Chenin or Cabernet Sauvignon to the most confidential ones like Grolleau.

Passionate about his terroir and Loire wines, Pierre-Antoine enjoys welcoming visitors and share his profession and knowledge of independent winegrower. His wife Agnes (daughter of Olivier Gelineau) joined him in 2012.
Agnes takes care of the vines but also welcomes visitors in our cellar and on exhibitions.

With Pierre-Antoine and Agnes the family history carries on at the Château de la Viaudière.


Our Loire vineyard, at the heart of “Coteaux du Layon”

Our city Champ-sur-Layon is bordered at the north by the Layon, a small tributary of the Loire The Layon was transformed into a canal in the 16th century to facilitate the transport of sweet regional wines to Holland.

The town and 33 hectares of our vineyard are part of the designation “Coteaux du Layon“, famous since ages for its sweet white wines production.

The Coteaux du Layon designation (AOC) covers 1400 ha of vineyards on a total of twenty seven towns all located at the south of Angers. Château de la Viaudière produces two Coteaux du Layon AOC wines. Both exceptionals with delicate aromas of honey and candied fruits.

These sweet wines are a true pleasure to drink with foie gras, blue cheeses or fruit desserts.


Our Loire wines

Château de la Viaudière also produces two beautiful red wines :

The ‘Anjou Rouge Tuilé’, exclusively produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, takes on the lead role of our wine range. Harvested when the grapes are almost over ripe, the wine is very fragrant and its tannins are soft and silky. Blackcurrant, clove and violet notes. He was awarded a silver Medal at the Concours Général Agricole in 2015.

The Anjou-Villages was matured 14 months in french oak barrels and is made exclusively from Cabernet Franc. He will be the best choice to drink with stems dishes of rare beef steaks.

Our white Anjou wine ‘Pierre Blanche (White Stone)’ is made exclusively from Chenin, noble and emblematic grape variety of our beautiful region. It was awarded a Silver Medal at the Concours National des Vignerons Indépendants in 2017.

Rosé fans will discover a dry and fruity Rosé perfect for summer and sunny days. Our second Rosé is a tender Cabernet d’Anjou, with notes of grenadine and fresh mint, ideal for spicy dishes.

For the lovers of fine bubbles, we also offer Crémants de Loire (sparkling Loire wines) Brut and Rosé. Our sparkling wines are worthy to be present at your table during your family events such as baptisms, weddings, communions, birthdays, etc… Our 2015 vintage Crémant de Loire, 100% Chardonnay, has just won a silver medal at the Concours Général Agricole in 2017.