Cheverny is of course renowned for its castle, the Chateau de Cheverny.
A visit to the castle suggests also a visit to the town of Cheverny, a dozen kilometres from Blois, which, among other remarkable things, preserves a very ancient church, dating back to 1145 - a very beautiful and distinctive church with its pointed bell-tower.
The city of Cheverny owes its fame not only to the castle, but also to its production of wines of high quality and international reputation. The vineyards of Cheverny, in fact, produce the famous white wine ‘Sauvignon’ and ‘Cabernet’, and the red wines such as the ‘Gamay’, ‘Pinot Noir’, ‘Malbec’ and ‘Pineau d'Aunis’. We must also mention the associated wines produced by the Cour Cheverny, including the famous white wine ‘Romorantin’. All are wines to accompany dishes of meat and certain regional dishes such as the ‘puff pastry with asparagus’, preferably followed by a good dessert.
History of Cheverny, Loire Valley
The area where Cheverny and its castle are found was inhabited in very ancient times, and we know that at the time of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) it belonged to the Carnutes. The name of the site is also certainly of Roman origin.
Most likely the name ‘Cheverny’ comes from the Latin ‘Capraria’, indicating a place where there are goats (French ‘chèvres’); it is a name that has its origins in Latin, as in Latin the term ‘capra hircus’ [‘goat’] refers not only to goat in the strict sense but the whole ‘ caprinides family’ and also the deer ( ‘capre-olus’), of the same deer family, which were very abundant in the territory of Cheverny, as demonstrated by many proofs at the castle and also the castle coat of arms, distinguished by two large antlers.
Many French place names, especially in the mountains, recall the same environmental situation and fauna, thus giving rise to place names like ‘Cabrières’, ‘Chevrieres’ (Ardennes, Isère, Loire, Oise), or ‘Chevrier’ (Haute Savoie), names which have their origin in a male or neutral form of the Latin word ‘Capraria’.
Cheverny and all of its territory followed the same history as Blois, passing under the domination of French feudal lords such as King Pepin of Aquitaine (797-838) right up to the House of Capet, ending finally under the direct control of the French crown.