Sancerre Snaps

Panoramas taken in and around the hilltop town of Sancerre on 6 October 2013. Sancerre is the center of the wine district of the same name, at the East end of the Loire Valley.

The business of Sancerre is wine.  There are serious tasting/sales rooms operated by vintners or associations of vineyards, and lots of small shops like this one that sell a variety of local wines and wine paraphernalia.
Liliane getting her first up-close look at French viticulture at a sauvignon blanc vineyard at Chavignol in the Sancerre district.  The grapes are being picked by a mechanical device mounted on the tractor just visible up the hill.
The hilltop town of Sancerre looks over several square miles of vineyards on the slopes of the neighboring hills, in this easternmost wine district of the Loire valley.  The crop in this one is probably cabernet franc.
I love roofers and roofing, so I could not pass this job on a fine old house in Sancerre without taking a picture.  The map location I have marked may not be exactly right, but it is in the neighborhood. 
Not sure just how new this central square of Sancerre may be.  The masonry in the middle certainly has a modern air; but some of the buildings facing it date to the 14th century. 
At the very top of Sancerre is a park containing a 14th century castle tower and a tall, mysterious mansion, circa 1874, that can just be glimpsed above the right gatepost in this picture.  It all belongs to the owners of the mansion, who have kep...
This view from the highest street in Sancerre offers a glimpse of the mysterious private mansion at the very top of the town, and -- through the trees -- of the 14th century tower on its grounds.