La Salle du Pressoir

La Salle du Pressoir

Beautiful room of exceptional character with a ceiling height in excess of 10 metres; it contains the remnants of a back-breaker wine press. With three different levels: Château courtyard level, platform level with the press and a mezzanine level, it provides an original setting for your dinners and buffets and also your entertainments.

  • Three toilets, one of which has disabled hand-wash facilities
  • Two large wash basins with mirrors
  • Very large cloakroom: with hanging rails and shelves for your guests' coats, etc. (the cloakroom may be locked to ensure that property stored there is kept safe).
  • The particular feature of the press is in the way it operates: the cross-beam engaged in the mortise is actuated by a rope which is rolled around a winch. This press, dating from the 18th century, owes its name to the danger that it represented for its users; the rope could break at any moment! The grape juice pressed out of it was gathered in a vat at the lower level and ran along a terra cotta channel which wound underground for more than 20 metres, emerging into a huge vat which can be seen under the Château's terrace. The grape juice was stored in huge oak barrels. One of these barrels is still visible today in some of the four immense cellars under the Château's terrace. These enormous cellars, formerly used for storing barrels of wine prior to them being shipped along the Loire, are a testament to the intensity of the wine-making activity that went on at the Château de Candes-Saint-Martin, when it was owned by the bishops of Tours.