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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Charmoise Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by shot2pieces

  • Sancerre la Merisiere Jean Pabiot 2007


    Ripe nose, pink Grapefruit & citrus blossom. Nice acidity and minerality.Oysters & fresh goat cheese Read More

    Wine review by Laurent Michit

  • Langlois-Chateau Saumur 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Meli

  • Château de Champteloup Rose de Loire 2003


    best wine i have tasted, great value, magnificent when coupled with food or just good company .a star buy. Read More

    Wine review by plinky plonky

  • St. Nicholas de Bourgeuil Graviers Domaine de Mortier 2007


    Medium bodied with a nice light flavor and acidic prickliness. On its own nothing special but with a spicy steak burrito it was the perfect pairing. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Domaine de la Rossignole Sancerre Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2007


    Really vibrant bell pepper and grassy bouquet. In the mouth this wine is similar to the nose but with an added touch of minerality. The acid is there in this wine but is not extreme. Light body. Unlike a lot of sauvignon blanc wines that are very fruity, this wine tended more towards the vegetative type of components. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Okay, i have sitting here on my rack some sweet wines and ports (love them), ... 'Clos Habert' Montlouis Sur loire 200 Read More

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  • Remy Pannier Vouvray France Loire Vouvray Table Wine 2006


    The moment you put the wine in your mouth, it jumps off your tongue in way that almost tickles. The wine brings a crisp feel to your mouth and has a nice apple taste that is followed by the sweetness of honey and a touch of grass. A second taste yields the pear flavor that is touted on the bottles label, and the general citrusy smell develops ... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Benedicte de Rycke Cuvee Tradition 2005


    nice dry chenin blanc but provides no surprises: minerality, green apples back immediately by crisp acidity; on the nose you have a bread and mushroom and stone quality which is soft and nice Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvée Silex 2007


    At first whiff, a basket of ripe pears and apples. It has a lush and creamy mouth feel with flavors of apples, pears, and honey. The flavors linger on the palate and gave me this vague recollection of cream soda on the finish (slightly sweet with strong acidity). Read More

    Wine review by ftezen

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