Loire Wine

 

The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. Its climate varies from the continental one of its eastern edge to the balmier Pays Nantais, which is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Unlike some other regions, which are dominated by cooperatives, this one is composed mostly of small family farms.

Melon de Bourgogne, the grape of Muscadet, is the main variety planted in the western Loire. These are brisk wines traditionally paired with oysters. The central Loire is the home of subtle and ageworthy reds made from Cabernet Franc and of Chenin Blanc, which makes some of the greatest sweet and dry white wines in the world. The eastern Loire contains Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, both made from Sauvignon Blanc (though red and rose Sancerre is made from Pinot Noir). That, however, is just the beginning. The Loire is the most diverse region in all France.

The Loire is known as the “garden of France” for its bucolic beauty and agricultural variety. Its Read more »

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Hi! I am a wine/cheese consultant specializing in tasting events,corporate gatherings. As a mentor I look forward to sharing my special interests in the Loire Valley, Germany, Pinot Noir and unusual varieties with others. As a former chef I <3 pairings!

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Varietals Produced in Loire View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Loire

  • Anjou

      Anjou is a large region in the central Loire Valley around the city of Angers. Virtually e...

  • Pays Nantais

    The Pays Nantais comprises the western part of the Loire Valley, mostly southeast of the city o...

  • Pouilly-fumé

      Pouilly-Fume is an appellation in the so-called Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley -- t...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Saumur

      Saumur is a region in the Loire Valley. It is best known for its traditional-method sparkl...

  • Anjou-saumur

      Anjou-Saumur is the large central section of the Loire Valley around the cities of Angers ...

  • Coteaux du Giennois

  • Menetou-salon

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Château de Sancerre

    Château de Sancerre, built in the 10th century by the Count of Champagne, is the most prestigious...

  • Gratien & Meyer

    Gratien & Meyer is a traditional producer of fine sparkling wines. Their refined elegance and exq...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

    In 1936, Jacques Chauveau, a Parisian doctor bought the property. At that time a small amount of ...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

    In the Saumur region the tufa stone unites with the climate of the Anjou region to give Saumur wi...

  • Sauvion, Maison

    he SAUVION house, belonging to brothers Yves and Jean-Ernest, is located in the heart of the Nant...

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

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Loire on Snooth

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  • Domaine du Tremblay Quincy 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by tempier


  • Laporte 'Le Bouquet' Val de Loire France Cabernet Franc 2015

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    expressing little fanfare it is pleasant and distinct. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Quincy Beauchaine Domaine Sylvain Bailly 2016

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    I bouight this bottle of wine from the website www.houseoftownend.com for £15.Quincy is a small [only about 250 hectares under vine] appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era, for white wines only made of the sauvignon blanc grape from the two communes of Quincy and Brinay on the west ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Val de Loire Touraine Cot 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.amandaswines.co.uk stand at the 2018 ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley.Domaine du Prieure is a small concern in this area,My bottle is 100% malbec,or cot as it is known in these parts and is unoaked.I started it last night with my supper of chicken kiev.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,bla... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I had roast chicken last night and I started a bottle of L'Ardoise Domaine ... Rochelles from Anjou inthe Loire valley.This is a blend of 90% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon and it was an absolutely lovely accompaniment.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,cherry and menthol style fruit with soft but structured tyannins.This is not the ... Read More

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  • Domaine des Rochelles Anjou l'Ardoise 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £11 from the website www.houseoftownend.com. ... the town of Angers in the Loire valley.Domaine des Rochelles is a family owned concern in this area.This particular cuvee consists of 90% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.There is plenty of a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Aux Moines Savennières Roche Aux Moines 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... on the north bank of the Loire around the village of that name just west of the town of Angers. Domaine aux Moines is a well known estate of the appellation.I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It is a dry wine but not bone dry.There is plenty of a pineapple[bu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Plantagenets Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Binny's 04/18. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre les Bonnes Bouches 2015

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    Pared well with my collard greens with hot sauce last night. OK wine but not special. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I can now report that I attended the 2018 London France Show at the Olympia ... of cot from Touraine in the Loire valley by Domaine Prieure,a bottle of sauvignon blanc from the Touraine Chenonceaux appellation by Domaine de la Chaise,and a bottle of  Rosette from Chateau Puypezat near Bergerac. This last wine was interesting because it was not... Read More

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  • WE just visited the Loire area and we found an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of the best white wines that I have tasted. It did win an award in France. We were able to ring back a couple of bottles but I would like to purchase a case of this wine. - all information in French Domaine Du Vieux Pressoir 2009 Sauvignon Cuvee Fleur de Lys- Va...

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  • I've just added a picture to the Loire Wine page. It's an estate in the Layon called Domaine de Juchepie which is run by a Belgian couple called Eddy and Mileine Oosterlinck-Bracke. They are based in Faye d'Anjou and make the most incredible sweet wines or 'noble sweet' wines as Eddy likes to call them. The estate is biodynamic and he adds no...

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