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

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • 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...

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • 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 ...

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Loire on Snooth

  • 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

  • Joly N. Savennières le Clos Sacrés 2005


    notes of aniseed and candied fruit. I could smell the alcohol. very light, smooth, long lasting in mouth. low acidity. Read More

    Wine review by benblue

  • Vouvray Barton Guestier 2005


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    Wine review by elysesy

  • Pouilly-Fumé Aoc 2007


    Very aromatic with pleasant flower and fruit fragrances recalling the flower of the vine and the fruit of the Sauvignon. With mild citrus and minerality, on the palate it reveals a freshness and vivacity characteristic of grapes harvested at good maturity. Drink this as an aperitif or pair it with fish (try a halibut steak in lemon butter), seaf... Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl

  • Thierry Puzelat Touraine In Cot We Trust 2006


    exciting and alive. keep it open for a while but don't waste your time decanting it. it's old and smelly and a real treat. I don't recommend sharing it with friends who are overly sensitive about "corked" bottles, as the funkiness of this stuff can be mistaken as "off" by someone with different tastes. Read More

    Wine review by lazzarello

  • Remy Pannier Rose d'Anjou 2007


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  • François Pinon Rosé Petillant NV


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  • François Pinon Vouvray Moelleux Première Trie 1989


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  • Dominique & Janine Crochet Sancerre 2007


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    Wine review by menatesto

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