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

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

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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  • Gratien & Meyer

    Gratien & Meyer is a traditional producer of fine sparkling wines. Their refined elegance and exq...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Château de Sancerre

    Château de Sancerre, built in the 10th century by the Count of Champagne, is the most prestigious...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Vouvray R Cuvee Vincent Raimbault Demi-Sec NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Joseph Verdier Saumur Domaine de la Seigneurie des Tourelles Blanc 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Good to hear from you, NG. I've been rarely about, but I may still have you ... ... here. I grew up on the Loire and Graves, not on California SB (though I helped my sister choose Mondavi Fume Blanc for one of her Wedding Reception wines way back when). So Dog Point comes across to me like a ninja fake on Cloudy Bay styling.. Read More

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  • Marc Plouzeau Touraine Sauvignon 2014


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    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Les Cailloux Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    This young and juicy wine is much more dense and fruit-forward than recent years (which had poor harvest results in most cases) and quite drinkable now. Café-style Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil at its best - bursting with cherries on the nose - almost like Nouveau. Rich berry flavours on entry - especially blueberry (bleuet) that explode but finis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Vincent Vatan Pouilly Fume Selection Silex 2009


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Charles Jouget Chinon Rose 2014


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Chateau de la Durandiere Vieilles Vignes Saumur 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for 6 euros from the Louis de Grenelle shop when I ... the town of that name in the Loire valley.My bottle of red , made from a blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, is from Chateau de la Durandiere,the family estate of the Bodet family.It is a Vieilles Vignes from vines over 40 years old.I started my bott... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Jean Baptiste Thibault la Duchesne Sancerre Rouge 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop the last time I was in Calais for 10 ... name on the west bank of the Loire river about 80 miles south of Paris.In 1959 red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the same area were included and they now account for about 15% of total production.My bottle is such a red wine and was made by the Jean Ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Le Vendangeoir Saint Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    Great raspberry scent on this Touraine wine with similar red berry flavours on entry. The wine is somewhat light and cheerful - perfect for drinking alone or with light meat dishes. Excellent price - especially for downtown Paris. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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