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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

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  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • 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...

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Aristide Luneau Quincy 2004


    I think it was not supposed to be tasted that old, but it survived quite well.fresh, old white fruits flavor, decent finish Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Domaine Cady Coteaux du Layon Cuvée Volupte St. Aubin 1997


    A wine of focused intensity. Sweet and viscous. Lovely botrytis. Floral. Elegant acid. Although a rich wine, the end note of refined acid offers refreshing character that keeps you coming back to the glass. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Nicolas Joly Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 1998


    A stunning wine, less oxidized than one would have anticipated. Heady honey blossom jumped from the glass teasing you to taste it. Sweet viscosity covers the mouth, from the top of your cheeks to the back of your tongue which races down your throat leaving still taut acidity. The wine was decanted for nine hours prior to tasting. On a second... Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Alphonse Mellot Sancerre 2006


    The Edmond opened with a subtle nose (a bit closed, perhaps, a bit young). It finished with refined acidity. But having been open for a couple of hours and warming gradually it started to become riper and juicier on the palate. A superb Savignon Blanc, elegant from start to finish. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Alphonse Mellot Sancerre 2006


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    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Château Gratien Saumur-Champigny 2006


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    Wine review by gusnil

  • Domaine Fernand Girard Sancerre la Garenne 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by WillemH

  • Domaine Champ Martin Still Sauvignon Blanc France Quincy Aoc 2006


    Good example of sauvignon blanc and very pleasant with some brie. Bought it from Laithwaites in England (wine club), about £6. Read More

    Wine review by Alan Tullett

  • Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.9 million grant to ... la Coulee de Serrant in the Loire Valley (Joly is also the author of several books on biodynamic farming). There are some well-known estates amongst the members of Return to Terroir (which in France is called La Renaissance des Appellations): Marcel Deiss, Kreyden... Read More

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  • Luneau-Papin Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clos des Allees 2006


    Lovely lemon and honey notes added with salty minerality, this wine begs for shellfish, brine-y olives and tuna or roast chicken. Bright acidity and a long lemony finish. Read More

    Wine review by brooklynwino

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