|Location:||Northwest of Saumur, at the suburb St Hilaire St Florent|
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|Address:||Caves Ackerman - Remy Pannier, 19 Rue Léopold Palustre, Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent, 49400 Saumur, Tel: +33-241-530330.|
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|1811||company founded by Jean-Baptiste Ackerman.|
Ackerman is a rather famous local winery, which offers tours through their cellars and warehouses. The winery is located at the Thouet river, a tributary of the Loire. A permanent exhibition in the warehouse recounts the history of the company since 1811. The cellars here started as limestone quarries, like all cellars along the Loire, but they were enlarged ofr wine storage. The result are spectacular long galleries which are up to 120m below ground.
Ackerman was founded by Jean-Baptiste Ackerman, who was the son of a rich Flemish banker. At this time the champagne became popular so he went th the Champagne to learn how it was produced. He knew about the fine wines of the Loire and the kilometers of abandoned quarries. And he knew the white wines of the region had a tendency to sparkle naturally. So he went there on horseback and purchased seven kilometer of cellar, some of them eight meters wide and five meters high. This huge cellar was able to store some 6,000 barrels of wine. And he was the first to produce sparkling wine with the same method which is used in the Champagne. Because of copyright quarrels (the guys from the Champagne tend to be very nitpicking with their name) this method is today called méthode traditionnelle.