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Emmanuel Ritz

Le Porte-Vue thus offers a panoramic view of the Pont Caffino outdoor activity centre located 30 metres below, and the vineyards of Maisdon-sur-Sèvre.

The site of this lookout point is located in the town of Château-Thébaud, behind the city hall, in the heart of the wine-growing muscadet region of Sèvre-et-Maine. It towers above the Maine River – a tributary of the Sèvre Nantaise that joins the Loire in Nantes. On one side, overlooking the granite cliffs of Château-Thébaud, and the sharp bluffs of Maisdon-sur-Sèvre on the other, this part of the Maine Valley resembles an actual small-size canyon.

For Emmanuel Ritz, a specialist in mountain belvederes, “designing a lookout is as much about highlighting the beauty of the landscape as seen from the headland as it is about showing the headland itself.” The work thus fulfills a dual desire: to reveal the spirit of the place, and to offer visitors an audacious architectural structure.

This arrow-like construction stretches out towards the granite cliffs across from it, allowing for a pristine view. Halfway along the deck, visitors can take shelter in a small covered area with a bench. Further down, the deck has been freed up to offer a dizzying 360° view of the surroundings. Ritz’s goal is to domesticate this void and make it accessible to all, while the outward stretch of the cantilevered deck showcases both the landscape and its observers. 

© Valéry Joncheray

Mairie de Château-Thébaud
1 place de l'église
44690 Château-Thébaud

Close to the Porte-vue, the cellar offers a space for tasting Muscadet. The opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of the Muscadet terroirs and in particular its unique grape variety, the Melon de Bourgogne.
This place is also an opportunity to discover the Château-Thébaud appellation, which is one of the ten newly recognized Communal Growths in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.
Open from June 12 to September 26:
- from June 12 to July 2 and from August 30 to September 26: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- July 3 to August 29: 7 days a week 11.30am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-7pm.
Presence of a winegrower on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in July and August.

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