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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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 an appellation created in 1987,although there has been viticulture here for centu...

  • 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 created in 1937 [although viticulture here goes back to at ...

  • Sancerre

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

  • Saumur

      Saumur is an appellation in the Loire Valleycreated in 1936 for red,rose,and white wines f...

  • Anjou-saumur

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

  • Coteaux du Giennois

    Viticulture here has a long history going back to at least the medieval era but appellation sta...

  • Menetou-salon

    Menetou-Salon is an appellation created in 1959 for red,rose and white wines [65% are white] fr...

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Montlouis Vielles Vignes Domaine des Liards 1989

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk ... called 'pineau de Loire'in this area,from an area around the village of that name. This is located on the south bank of the Loire opposite Vouvray on the north bank.I started my bottle last night with my supper of spiced chick peas and rice.The wine is a deep yellow colour. I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Pierre Sourdais Chinon Tradition 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from www.greatwesternwines.co.uk for £12. Chinon ... the town of that name in the Loire valley. Like most Chinon wine,my bottle is a red made of the cabernet franc grape called, 'petit breton' in these parts.It comes from a 14 hectare plot,part of a family concern, of clay,limestone and gravel soil,where the vines ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Couleurs du Breuil le Grolleau 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.vinatis.com for £10. It was ... just south of Angers in the Loire valley,under the Val de Loire IGP designation, and consists of 100% grolleau Grolleau is a grape native to this area and is beleived to be related to the ancient grape gouais which is also thought to be a parent of gamay and char... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de la Vinconniere Sauvignon Pays du Val de Loire 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk.It is from ... of the City of Nantes in the Loire valley.It is a sauvignon blanc labeled under the Loire valley IGP designation.I started it last night with my supper of sea bass cooked with spinach and tomatoes.It is a dry but not bone-dry wine. There is plenty of melon and e... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • J. Mourat 'O.V.N.I.' Val de Loire France Rose 2018

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    I really thought I would not like a Rose' but I was wrong! this is a very special wine with conviction, class & character and just plain wonderful, distinct & pleasant flow across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2017

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    This youthful drinking version of M. Baudry is a delicious, light to medium Cabernet Franc with excellent colour (robe), a scent of celery, carrot top, wild grass and a hint of ripe cherry. On the palate, you get a little vanilla, gobs of fresh, ripe cherry and a light to medium density and medium finish. This is an excellent, northern climate... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau du Fresne Coteaux du Layon Faye d'Anjou 1985

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for ... ... ... grape [called pineau de Loire in this area] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire. Faye d'Anjou is one of six of those communes allowed to add their name to that of the appellation. I started the bott... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Villemont Gamay Vin de Loire 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Berkshire ... is labeled under the Val de Loire IGP designation.It consists of 100% gamay.I started it last night with my supper of sausages cooked in white beans.It is a full-bodied and well structured wine with some fresh cherry and redcurrant style fruit and more than a hint of pepper or spice espe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mon Cot'O Touraine Amboise Domaine Mesliand 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros from a shop in Amboise when I visited ... ... on the north bank of the Loire river. It is 100% malbec and it spent time in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of pork chop in mushroom sauce.This is a very dark coloured and full bodied wine.There is a fairly intense cherry and bra... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Envolee Salon Gerald Vallee Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2019

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for ... ... on the north bank of the Loire river to the west of the City of Tours.My bottle comes from a one hectare plot of 60 year old cabernet franc vines on Domaine de la Cotelleraie and was aged for two years in new oak barrels.The name 'L'envolee' means 'flight' and ... 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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