JUN to SEP Mon-Fri 8:30-19, Sat 9-19, Sun 9:30-19.
OCT to MAY Mon-Fri 8:30-12:30, 14:30-18, Sat, Sun, Hol 10-12:30, 14:30-18.
Adults EUR 1, Children EUR 0.50.
Groups (12+): free.
|Classification:||Cellar Rock Mine|
|Address:||Les Caves Bouvet-Ladubay, Saint Hilaire Saint Florent, 49400 Saumur, Tel: +33-241-838383, Fax: +33-241-502432. E-mail:|
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The winery Bouvet-Ladubay at Saumur owns an eight kilometer long system of cellars. They were excavated as underground quarries during the 11th century. On the hills above the Thouet the monks of Saint-Florent founded the abbey La Belle d'Anjou. The quarry was started to extract the limestone needed for the abbey, which was consecrated in October 1040. Today the cellars are used for storing the wines of the winery Bouvet-Ladubay. The winery offers tours into the cellar connected with tasting.
The highlight of the visit is La Cathedrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), a section of the cellar which was converted into an underground art exhibition by the sculptor Philip Cormand. Since 2002 he created 42 monumental sculptures in a 400m long passage. The exhibition is named after a prelude written by the French composer Claude Debussy for solo piano.