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 »

Mentor for Loire Wines

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

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    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Le Grand Bougueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc Loire Valley Chinon 2012

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    Old world in style even though it seems to be a ripe vintage. Ripe fruit and a touch of menthol on the nose. Red fruited in the mouth with some sharp acidity and a bit of biting tannin on the finish. I know, baby killer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Greg, I'll bet you that Odysseus was telling his guests, "Try this ... ... and the wines of the Loire back at the beginning of the last millenium. Or more recently, Thomas Jefferson and his Bordeaux stock paired with the bounty of the Virginia farmland in dishes that aped those he'd had with the same wines in France. So on and so forth. Would... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • I have had  sweet or off-dry chenin blanc from the Loire valley with spicy Indian foods. It is a combination that works well Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • LOIRE VALLEY, France....home to Muscadet. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Kindly name one of your...


  • I mentioned several days ago how much of a fan of good Burgundy chards I am. ... French SBs, whether from the Loire or the Graves. With all the other options out there, and many people wanting to talk about new finds, old standards tend to get ignored and even dissed with new drinkers not even being aware of what they offer. But whites like Si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... ... idea is Vouvray from the Loire region of France. I don't have much experience there and really don't know what you may find in your area.Come back and report on your mea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Last night was a really wonderful meal / wine pairing at the French Embassy in ...  He had lived in the Loire Valley of France for a few years and he knew French wine very well.  We both agreed that the 3rd course wine selection was probably the best.  Yes, Sandra and I were feeling pretty goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Somewhere I have a few bottles JD, so we can try them. Again, it's not a ... Mendoza vs Malbec from the Loire. I really think that they just need to see how it's going to do in some region in Washington and deal with it as something that has no antecedent. And who knows, blend it with some crazy shit. I told you about the Hungarian guy growing... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Jean de la Roche Val de Loire France Sauvignon 2015

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    as much as I wanted to like this wine I could not. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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