The products

The authentic products manufactured from the resources specific to the park

A selection of professionally manufactured products coming from the natural resources of the estate is presently offered for sale under the brand name “Château de Chambord” in the castle boutique in a specifically identified area. Having decided to verify each step, from the creation to the marketing of a given product, Chambord is committed to direct sales of its own articles, which now include honey, game terrines, wooden objects from the forest of Chambord and objects made of deer antlers (key rings, walking sticks…). As of 2019, 500th anniversary of the beginning of the building of the château, the wine produced on the estate will be marketed, as well.

The François I vineyard is back in Chambord

In June 2015, the National Estate of Chambord replanted “the François I vine” 500 years after its introduction in Val de Loire. This project fulfils a triple objective: patrimonial, environmental and economic.

The grape varieties chosen were those from the region of Romorantin, in memory of François I, who brought the fruit of the vine to Val de Loire in 1519. Plantation has entailed two phases: While 15 acres were planted in June 2015 (5 acres of pre-phylloxera Romorantin and 10 acres of Pinot Noir), 20 acres will be added in 2016 and 2017 (pre-phylloxera Romorantin plants, Gamay and Pinot blanc).

The first harvest is scheduled to take place in 2019, anniversary of the date when the construction of Chambord began. By respecting the time-honoured methods applied in the region and by availing itself of the top-level know-how in oenological practice possessed by Maison Marionnet, Chambord is defending an idea pertaining to the French art of living. The estate will consequently regale its visitors with high-quality wine, epitome of the radiance of the Loire valley, one of the most attractive regions in France for amateurs of fine wines.

Each interested person or company will have the possibility, following a donation of 1000 euros, to adopt a vine beside which his name will be permanently inscribed. The 1000-euro donation is tax-deductible to the tune of 66% for income taxes or 60% for corporate taxes. Following tax exemption, the actual cost of the donation will come to 340 euros for individuals and to 400 euros for companies.  .

Chambord's honey

In 2015, forty beehives were set up in the heather field of the eastern section of the park, in the heart of the estate. This protected location is propitious to the preservation of acacia and oak trees and, to a lesser extent, of chestnut trees.   .

Installation of a beehive helps to optimally maintain the diversity of natural environments in the park and is aimed at increasing the number of bee colonies in the Val de Loire and the Sologne forest.

As a result and in partnership with the dark European honeybee conservatory in Val de Loire, Sologne and the forest of Orléans, Chambord is participating in an initiative aimed at preserving a local honeybee species known as the “black bee”, of which the long-term survival is in danger. These bees are perfectly adapted to their environment and constitute an irreplaceable genetic reservoir. In addition, the black bee is a component of biodiversity meriting preservation. Of all the different honeybees, it is the one that visits the most diversified array of plants; at times, it is their one and only pollinator. It thereby contributes to the pollination and conservation of numerous species of wild as well as cultivated plants.

During its first year of operation, the National estate of Chambord harvested three types of honey: acacia honey, forest honey harvested in June, and forest honey harvested in August.

The honey pots are commercialized in the castle gift shop and also, in Paris, exclusively in the Sébastien Gaudard pâtisserie – salon de thé of the Tuileries.

The products made of wood

These objects are unique articles, certified as having been produced from the antlers of the deer inhabiting the Chambord forest. Each year, deer shed and drop their antlers, which are subsequently collected. The key rings, knife holders and walking sticks are handmade by Chambord woodworkers.

Handmade by Chambord woodworkers, these wooden objects are produced from the wood of the trees (birch, pine, oak…) in the forest of Chambord, the largest well-enclosed park in Europe.

Donate

To anticipate the 500th anniversary of Chambord, we are launching a campaign to adopt a vine in Chambord’s historic vineyard, planted in 1518.

«VIGIPIRATE» security measures

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of 13-14 November 2015, and so as to ensure visitor safety, the National Estate of Chambord has been applying the preventive measures enacted by the government for public administrations .
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