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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Wendy Crispell

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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...

  • Remy-pannier

    In July 2009 Ackerman Rémy Pannier, the leading producer of the prestigious Fines Bulles sparklin...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • Blanc Foussy

    The wine-growing region in the World Heritage region of the Loire Valley The colours and scent of...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

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  • Whatever we feel like, although I have a feeling that is about to change. I put ... as reds and whites from the Loire, so it's kind of like having a little Maltese dog and bringing a Great Dane into the hous Read More

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  • Domaine de la Chaise Touraine Chenonceaux 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 at the London France Show back in ... ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley.In 2011 the appellation of Touraine-Chenonceaux was set up within this area for wines from 27 communes on both sides of the Cher river around the village and chateau of Chenonceaux.My bottle comes from a small producer in th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Touraine-Amboise Chateau Montdomaine 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France.The ... ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley.In 1954 the appellation of Touraine-Amboise was created within that area for red,rose and white but not sparkling wines from 10 communes around the town of Amboise. My bottle comes from a small concern in this area and is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine du Bois Bruley Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 from a shop in Oxfordshire [www.peterosbornewine.co.uk]. Gros Plant du Pays Nantais is an appellation created in 2012,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for dry white wines made of the folle blanche grape [known as gros plant locally] from the same area as the more popular Muscadet appellat... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine Bodineau Anjou 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France. Anjou is ... the town of Angers in the Loire valley.My bottle is 100% cabernet franc and comes from a small family concern.I started the bottle last night with my baked chicken supper.There is plenty of a slightly tart cherry and redcurrant fruit with soft but structured tan... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Vignes de l'Alma Anjou Gamay 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France.Anjou is ... the town of Angers in the Loire valley. In 1999 a separate appellation was created for gamay wines from the same area.My bottle comes from a small family concern in Saint Florent la Vieil a village between Angers and Nantes to the south of the Loire.I started my ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Clos Chapon Vouvray Sec 2016


    Golden in the glass with a floral nose that followed into the palate. Medium weight and finishes nicely. There are other bottling I prefer but this does nicely in a pinch. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Domaine du Tremblay Quincy 2014


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    Wine review by tempier

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


    expressing little fanfare it is pleasant and distinct. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Quincy Beauchaine Domaine Sylvain Bailly 2016


    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

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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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