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Mont-Près-Chambord

Town, village, neighbourhood in Mont-près-Chambord
  • The commune of Mont-près-Chambord is located around 200 km south-west of Paris and 11 km from Blois, in the Loire Valley, on the bangs of the Sologne region. Still a rural village with a varied landscape, renowned for its apples and wine, and careful to protect its state-owned forests, it is equidistant from the legendary châteaux of Blois, Cheverny and Chambord.
    The forests between Russy and Boulogne cover 1,547 hectares. The state forest of Russy, which covers the entire west side,...
    The commune of Mont-près-Chambord is located around 200 km south-west of Paris and 11 km from Blois, in the Loire Valley, on the bangs of the Sologne region. Still a rural village with a varied landscape, renowned for its apples and wine, and careful to protect its state-owned forests, it is equidistant from the legendary châteaux of Blois, Cheverny and Chambord.
    The forests between Russy and Boulogne cover 1,547 hectares. The state forest of Russy, which covers the entire west side, isolates the commune from the Blois conurbation. The Boulogne forest extends as far east as the Parc de Chambord.

    Orchards
    In 1994, a conservatory orchard was created on 1.5 hectares of communal land. Its aim is to preserve and promote old varieties of apples and pears. Around a hundred varieties are listed.
    Tradition: every first weekend in November, the Comité des fêtes organizes the Foire aux pommes, where local arboriculturists offer tastings and sales of the different varieties they produce.

    The vine
    At the beginning of the 20th century, vines were a major part of the Montagne economy.
    In 1931, there were 348 winegrowers covering 332 hectares. Since 1993, the Cave Coopérative has been producing Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines. It is also the leading producer of this Appellation.

    The Grand Chambord natural swimming pool is open daily from late June to early September, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Mont-près-Chambord is on one of the "Châteaux à vélo" cycling itineraries.