La Roche-sur-Yon is the capital of the Vendée, chosen by Napoleon I in 1804....
The impressive château at Brissac-Quincé is the tallest in France.
The Dukes of Brissac have owned it since 1502 and the 13th Duke of Brissac is still in residence. The Dukes maintained the property until 1792, when it was ransacked during the Revolution and was laid to waste for over 50 years until a restoration programme began in 1844. The castle rises over seven storeys and has some fantastic grounds. A walk alongside the 300 metres of unusual underground river makes for a unique experience.
The château at Brissac-Quincé has a history of over 500 years of wine-growing and produces 3 different AOC red and rosé wines.
It is also a chambre d'hôtes, you can stay in one of the Chateau's rooms.