And for those whose interests do not extend to wine or quadrupeds, there is the magnificent bridge over France’s longest river and  many fine and sometimes very offbeat museums and other attractions.

The Musee de la Cavalerie celebrates the history of the cavalry in France and the Musee des Blindes contains the world’s largest collection of battle tanks. The countryside surrounding the town is dominated by troglodyte caves and Le Parc Miniature Pierre et Lumière famously has villages, towns and châteaux carved out of tufa stone by a Breton sculptures, including a bas-relief some 12 metres high of Saumur itself. You can even buy a combined ticket for this attraction and the Musee du Champignon which, as its name suggests, is a site dedicated to the history and growing of edible fungi. It might be an idea to take some of the latter home for tea.,

Musee du Champignon