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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

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  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • 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...

  • Remy-pannier

    In July 2009 Ackerman Rémy Pannier, the leading producer of the prestigious Fines Bulles sparklin...

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Noticed that the other day and had similar thoughts Dave.Duncan, maybe only 1% ... France. Grower Champagne, Loire, Cru Beajolais, and other outskirts of or hidden Burgundy gems as well as some other Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • James - there was no dry version until very recently, well after the fall of ... it, also owns Huet in the Loire. I'm convinced that the Hungarian property can produce wine every bit as good as the Huet property, but since they won't get the return on investment because the world doesn't know it, they haven't devoted as much to it. In addition... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's coming retirement - the 200 day mark was ... ... Mellot Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France 2013.  Both glasses were nice with the oysters.  We also enjoyed a spinach tart here too before heading out to the next place...Which turned out to be the 'Cork Wine Bar' just up the street (14th street).  This was to be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Domaine de Beauregard Muscadet Sevre et Maine Laurent Gregoire 2013


    Binny's 4/2015. More, more, more. Just perfect on the first day on June 2015. The muscadet I mean, doesn't seem to matter who produces it. 10 months between bottles...300 days to long. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • The above represents something tried from the Loire Valley in France. I could go into detail but prefer to sit here and enjoy it and dream of the day I open my second bottle.This is Lovely,Lefty - The great Pacific Northwest Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Domaine Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fumé les Pentes 2008


    A beautiful melon fruit aroma with hints of flint & grass.Orange peel on the nose; on the palate, lemon citrus, white peach, hints of chalk and salinity, and a touch of sweetness, with good acidity. It lingers in a lovely fashion of freshness and beauty. If you dig deeper, there's a slight touch of asphalt. Lovely Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Cathy  You say you have problems getting sherry in France. However the ... the south as opposed to the Loire vall Read More

    Forum post in the topic Spain Trip (Jerez Sherry)

  • An extemely enjoyable 2010 Eyrie Vineyard (Oregon) Melon de ... in France, mainly in the Loire Valley where it is also known as Muscadet. In the glass it's an interesting light to medium gold expanding to a clear rim. On the nose is some ripe pear, a hint of lemon pith and a touch of apricot. Some fairly mouth watering acidity, tart lemon but w... Read More

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  • Domaine du Landreau Village Grande Reserve Muscadet France 2013


    wonderful light yet crisp bold flavor complimenting the variety. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Vacheron Sancerre 2013


    Extremely nice Sancerre (sauv blanc). Very well balanced with not too tart lemon and a hint of almond on the nose. There's some restrained grapefruit and lemon peel on the front end, and a little dose of salinity on the medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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