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Local products and crafts

Exploring the Saumur region is also the opportunity to visit numerous workshops and exhibition areas, dedicated to secular expertise and local traditions.





Come and meet the Saumur craftspeople: beautiful ancient crafts and contemporary creations, restoration of unique works of art and interpretations of shaped materials. By perpetuating ancient and complex techniques, these men and women are protagonists in our cultural heritage and economy. They are always delighted to share the richness of their profession, with passion and authenticity. You might be tempted by the beauty of a handmade object, perhaps because it is functional, but also because it is timeless, original, identifi able and unique. And, perhaps this object that has caught your eye, is also a welcome alternative to the high-tech world of today. By purchasing a creative item, you’ll be taking a little of the variety of our crafts and the luminosity of Saumur with you!

Troglo Crafts Village in Turquant

Local products and crafts
Between the Loire and the hillside, Turquant hosts artisans and an Arts and Crafts shop in a wonderfully restored troglodytic site. Several artists open their workshops to the public and share their expertise with passion. Visitors can discover this village “born from tufa” by taking the interpretive trail and continuing their journey in the heart of Turquant where winemakers will warmly welcome them in the coolness of their cellars.
Including: access to a view over the Loire by the stairs on the hillside, stopover village on the “Loire à Vélo” itinerary.
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C.B.G. Mignot

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Since 1785, the company C.B.G. Mignot has perpetuated the tradition of lead soldiers. Each fi gurine is cast, assembled and meticulously hand-painted. A miniature world which combines Gallic and Napoleonic soldiers, fi re-fighters and police, etc.
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Soap makers Martin Candre and Museum

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For over 30 years, the Dauge family has perpetuated a craftsmanship otherwise virtually extinct in France: the manufacture of 100% natural soaps with no chemical additives.
To be explored: a beautiful collection of old posters and objects in the Museum “Soap for soap’s sake”.
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La Rose Bleue Pottery

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In the heart of a troglodytic site, Karin Chopin-Lolliérou demonstrates the art of potter-ceramicist: the magical transformation of a spinning lump of clay, the alchemy of coloured enamels.
Note: she also holds artistic expression workshops.
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Vinaillou Biscuits

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biscuit with wine aromas? Well, someone had to think of it! Biscuit maker Patrick Groneau is at the origin of this delicious and original creation, flavoured with Cabernet d’Anjou. Other flavours include apple juice, honey, rose and can all be enjoyed without moderation!
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Tina brewery

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The TINA brewery makes 100% natural beer, with a slightly acid taste, a subtle bitter flavour and light fizz. Set up in the village centre, the brewery is a place to visit and a tasting venue.
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Boule de fort

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The Boule de Fort game first appeared in Anjou in the 17th century and the tradition is still very much alive in Saumur with 140 active clubs. This convivial game is played with a ball of service wood (or resin) half-flattened and circled in iron, with a weak side and a strong (fort) side, hence its name. As the ball is heavier on the stronger side it never follows a straight path along the curved track, winding from one edge to the other to reach the jack. Ranked ‘Loire heritage game’ by the Ministry of Culture, it is the only sport in the world to be played in slippers!
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