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 »

Mentor for Loire Wines

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!

View Profile » View Top Lists »

Other Mentors

See all Mentors »

View More

Popular wines made in Loire under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Loire View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Anjou-saumur

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

  • Coteaux du Giennois

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

    White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose ...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

Page 1 of 187

Loire on Snooth

  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 375980Cathy Shore 375980 Cathy Shore


  • Touraine Gamay Domaine du Prieure 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the 2017 London France Show ... ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an umbrella appellation because it includes a number of smaller appellations such as Chinon and Vouvray. Domaine du Prieure is a small family owned concern located south of the Loire near Chateau Chaumont about half... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Tracy Pouilly-Fume 2006

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... the east bank of the upper Loire valley around the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire.Chateau de Tracey is a family owned producer in this areas.I started one bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes.It is a dry white wine. There is plenty of an elderflower and ,pear style fruit there with... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Le Grand Bougueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc Loire Valley Chinon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Old world in style even though it seems to be a ripe vintage. Ripe fruit and a touch of menthol on the nose. Red fruited in the mouth with some sharp acidity and a bit of biting tannin on the finish. I know, baby killer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Greg, I'll bet you that Odysseus was telling his guests, "Try this ... ... and the wines of the Loire back at the beginning of the last millenium. Or more recently, Thomas Jefferson and his Bordeaux stock paired with the bounty of the Virginia farmland in dishes that aped those he'd had with the same wines in France. So on and so forth. Would... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • I have had  sweet or off-dry chenin blanc from the Loire valley with spicy Indian foods. It is a combination that works well Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • LOIRE VALLEY, France....home to Muscadet. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Kindly name one of your...


  • I mentioned several days ago how much of a fan of good Burgundy chards I am. ... French SBs, whether from the Loire or the Graves. With all the other options out there, and many people wanting to talk about new finds, old standards tend to get ignored and even dissed with new drinkers not even being aware of what they offer. But whites like Si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... ... idea is Vouvray from the Loire region of France. I don't have much experience there and really don't know what you may find in your area.Come back and report on your mea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Last night was a really wonderful meal / wine pairing at the French Embassy in ...  He had lived in the Loire Valley of France for a few years and he knew French wine very well.  We both agreed that the 3rd course wine selection was probably the best.  Yes, Sandra and I were feeling pretty goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 33093Chris Carpita 33093 Chris Carpita


  • 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...

    Comment by 656379glync 656379 glync


  • 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...

    Comment by 375980Cathy Shore 375980 Cathy Shore


  • Description added for this page.

    Page modification by 186248LoireValleyWine 186248 LoireValleyWine


1 2 3 4 5  ...  187 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

  • $22.99
    17% off
    Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve
    Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve 2007
  • $25.51
    15% off
    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Domaine des Macon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette Wine
    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Domaine des Macon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette Wine 2009
See More Deals

Loire Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Loire wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network