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...

  • 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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • 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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Loire on Snooth

  • Savennières l'Enclos Morgat E 2005


    Superb and not-to-be-missed interpretation of Savennieres (Chenin blanc). An enveloping bouquet of lanolin and lemon curd-infused brioche that meanders through to liquid hay and mineral concentration. Hints of custard and ladyfinger biscuits complete the ever-changing, almost fey, nose. A zesty, yet haltingly creamy, profile that intersperses st... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio

  • Vallee Gerald Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil l'Envolee 2005


    Punchy, pushy nose doused with inky black fruit and meatiness. This is Loire Cabernet franc at its richest, but with a balancing acidity that helps integrate the chocolate, black tea and concentraed plum and cherry flavors. Serious, yet polished, grip that releases into a finish of mouthfilling blackberry preserve and black plum tart. The tannin... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio

  • Blanchet Francis Pouilly-Fume Cuvee Silice 2006


    Bright, juicy nose of ruby grapefruit, candied lemon peel, gooseberry and fig leaf. Exuberant and racy palate pours on the liquid quartz, lemon sorbet and sweet lime leaf. An explosive, extraordinarily clean and refreshing finish highlights the old vines and silex terroir and lingers with a lovely white tea leaf and tangerine spritz. An annual f... Read More

    Wine review by Vinfolio

  • Domaine Henry Pellé Pouilly-Fumé 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by leslieam

  • Domaine Cherrier Pere et Fils Sancerre 2006


    Decent. Salty and minerally...nice acidity...no finish though. went great with grilled Mahi Mahi with lemon juice. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Chinot Beaumont 2004


    Organic. Unfiltered. Vendanges manuelle. Chenin terroir argilo-calcaire.Heart of glass. Read More

    Wine review by zac

  • Vincent Pinard Cuvée Flores 2005


    Give this Sancerre a try if you are interested in exploring the diversity of ... d'oeuvres or pair it with loire valley goat cheese for heavenly experienc Read More

    Wine review by SoonerSipper

  • Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005


    Drinking this wine was sublime. The nose gave strong beautiful crisp pear with subtle honey tones. Delicate and rounded on the palate, bringing out more honey, almost crystallized. Sublime. Read More

    Wine review by jathompson

  • Château Soucherie Rose de Loire 2006


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    Wine review by busterdog

  • Chambord Liqueur


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    Wine review by nikolay

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