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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Popular wines made in Loire under $20

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Varietals Produced in Loire View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • 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...

  • J. Moeau & Fils

    Located in the heart of the Chablis region, just outside the village of Chablis, J. Moreau & Fils...

  • 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

  • Fournier Pere & Fils Sancerre 2006

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sancerre Joseph Mellot la Graveliere 2006

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château du Jaunay 2011

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    Very fruity noseyou can get tropical (banana, mango), citrus, and stone fruit hints. On the tongue the initial sensation is similar fruitiness. Fortunately, some stiff acids efficiently remove the sweetness sensation and provide a very refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the ... there with the more famous Loire whites further up the river. While it may not easily make it to great wine status, with the right winemakers it can be extremely good wine.I like the Domaine de la Pépière--very much, really--even though there are others in the off... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... Malbecs and Gamays from the Loire that are ageable and cheap. It's always been a wonder to me that France can put out some of the most overpriced wine in the world and at the same time, some of the best values. I always wondered about the Americans.Fortunately, I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • That's why I said above *besides* much of Bordeaux and some of ... ... Provence has plenty and the Loire is no slouch in that department, either. Then there's that area from Cahors up into the bottom of Bordeaux. Suppose you just naturally get crafty to make headway in that socialized-yet-competitive marketplace. And the French usually conside... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Huet Vouvray le Haut-Lieu Sec 2011

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    Very interesting somewhat woody nose, but with some peach/melon scents. On the tongue I can, again, get peach or cantaloupe flavors. Good acid structurewhile there is some tartness, it is not enough to chase away anybody who is tart aversemakes it quite refreshing. Maybe Im showing my inexperience, but, if I did not know bettere.g., I had not... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saget Peres & Fils Muscadet de Sevre et Maine 2012

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    Muscadet from Loire Valley is just quality/value/yummy. In my wheelhouse. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • What D said. Rioja. Or Italian and it could be south Italy too. Gruner, ... ... oaky but something from the Loire might work. Never actually tried that but you might get sufficient acidity. Long shot though.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing recommendation


  • Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2012

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    Wine review by mariel1112


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