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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

    In the Saumur region the tufa stone unites with the climate of the Anjou region to give Saumur wi...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • 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...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Loire Valley is a treasure of well-priced wines.  SBs from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume rarely disappoint.  I don't think I have any in inventory right now, but they are fairly easy to pick up.  I know we have a Trader Joe's visit in our near term future.  Trader Joe's  rarely sells the absolute top-of-the-line wines, but what they do sell is fairly... Read More

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  • EM, sounds like a Trader Joe's trip in your near future, and I need to open the above Sancere bottle within the next few days.  I wonder if I can pair it with nachos? Read More

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  • How about we change to a new varietal for consideration as Thanksgiving approaches?  I suggest we look at the white varietal (Sauvignon Blanc) of the Sancerre region in France.  Then we can expand to Sauvignon Blanc around the world.  I haven't yet opened this one to confirm how good it is, but my expectations are high.  I'll open in very soon i... Read More

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  • Last night I had a baked mackerel for my supper so I opened a bottle of dry ... wine.It was a Pouilly-sur-Loire from Giles Chollet made of the unusual chasselas grape that originated in Switzerland. It was bone dry with a fairly bland melon style fruit but also some citrus especially on the finish. It was only the second bottle of chasselas I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Pouilly-Sur-Loire Giles Chollet 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.winesensations.co.uk. Pouilly-sur-Loire is an appellation created in 1939,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for white wines made of the chasselas grape from 7 communes on the east bank of the river Loire around the small town of that name.This is the same ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine de Bellevue Saint-Pourcain 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.winesensations.co.uk. Saint Pourcain is an appellation created in 2009,although viticulture here has a history going back to at least the Romans,for red,white and rose wines from 19 communes around the small town of that name.This is located in the Auvergne region almost in the centre of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • As it happens I intend opening a bottle of red Saint Pourcain next.Saint ... ... Pourcain is considered as a Loire valley appellation. Red Saint Pourcain is a blend of gamay and pinot noir just like passetoutgrains in Burgundy. Read More

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  • The Loire is the 2nd most common region for Cot/Malbec in France to the extent I've encountered it. I really do like the French examples more than the Argentine, just as I tend to like Burgundian pinot noir more than the over-enthusiastic cherry cola versions you often encounter in California. Not that all CA and OR PNs are like that, fortunatel... Read More

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  • Last night I had a lovely bottle of malbec..It was not from Argentina or Cahors but the Loire valley. It was full-bodied,there was lots of fruit,and there was a very spicy finish. It was the 'Brin d'Epice' cuvee from Domaine du Chapitre. I wrote up a review on here and gave it high marks Read More

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  • Brin d'Epice Cot Touraine 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London ... the City of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella'appellation because it includes a number of smaller appellations.Domaine du Chapitre is a small family owned concern.My bottle is 100% cot as the malbec grape is called in these parts.I started my bottle last night with my bac... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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