"Because I was born and fed young in the Garden of France: it's Touraine. »
François RABELAIS (around 1494-1553), Pantagruel (1532)
A haven of greenery in spring, golden fields in summer, touches of warm, flamboyant colours in autumn and icy white plains in winter mornings, Touraine is the perfect place to find inspiration for the creation of natural products that are essential to the skin and the spirit. Illustrated by the castles and great figures of this period, Touraine is the cradle of the French Renaissance. It is a breeding ground for works of art, architecture, gastronomy and tradition. Rich in an important historical past thanks to the Loire, the longest river in France that crosses it and also the last natural river in Europe (today). This indomitable water court, a means of transporting goods since antiquity, remains the soul of the region today. Two emblematic elements of the terroir have been exploited: the tufa stone that forms the base of the banks and the forests that make it breathe. Building elements used to build the castles for which it is renowned.
The imposing river chosen over time by the kings of France has been a home port, its banks a hunting ground, a breeding ground for castles, each in search of perpetual modernity. From Chambord, to Villandry, via Chenonceau, Amboise, Le Clos Lucé (formerly Manoir de Cloux), Azay le Rideau and many others are a source of primitive inspiration in connection with Nature.
These illustrious castles of the Loire Valley have been the homes of great historical and Renaissance figures. Among them, an emblematic one stands out, that of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) invited to settle at the court of Francis I. Upon his arrival at the French court on the back of a mule, Leonardo da Vinci received as a welcome gift: Le Clos Lucé. His journey is long and dangerous, he manages to keep the three masterpieces carried with him: The Mona Lisa (1503), Saint Anne (1504) and Saint John the Baptist (1513) now on display at the Louvre Museum.
The " The ".Gardens of France"land of kings, land of castles, land of gastronomy. This gastronomy so dear to kings occupies a special place, the vegetable gardens become, like the gardens, an external "room" of the castle. New "rare" vegetables and citrus fruits appear on the royal tables and are experiencing significant growth and (compete with meat.) The arrival of Dom Pacello ".The most famous gardener in Europe" in Touraine signs the first French orangery at Château Gaillard located opposite Château du Clos Lucé and Château d'Amboise.
Copper is a fascinating metal, it offers a range of colors that no other metal do not has thanks to all the alloy possibilities. All the kitchens of the Loire castles still have their copper utensils. It is an essential part of our kitchens and a witness to the past and daily life of castles.
Touraine remains today a region of castles and traditions, a territorye It has always inspired the great figures of the Renaissance and still inspires everyone today.