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...

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • 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

  • Definitely can get good to excellent Chenin for a much lower price than Chard!However, Chablis is still pretty reasonable, especially if you can get the right producer...more to my tastes I've tracked down some top notch Pouilly-Fuisse and Meursault Charmes just under $60 in a great vintage, 2013 ; ) Read More

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  • Duncan, even over here there are good Loire reds for under $20, sometimes as low as $14 or $15, which was like 10-12 Euros for a while there.  I also really enjoy the sparkling Vouvrays, which often drop to about $15.  To my mind, better than low end Champagne or Cremant de Bourgogne, but then again, I'm more of a chenin fan than a chardonnay fa... Read More

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  • Ok good news, some of the finest Loire red wine has been purchased by yours truly today, for the very reasonable sum of $47.99/each.Thanks for the encouragement Fox, and to degrandcru for helping get somemore talk of Loire stimulated around here! Read More

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  • Richard; You are very right about Loire reds [and whites,roses and sparkling for that matter] being good value especially when compared to Burgundy [which is probably the most expensive wine region in France ]. You are talking about sub $25 in your post but when you are actually there in France in the Loire valley you will find plenty at under 1... Read More

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  • Thanks for that info, Joyce and D.  Have to include the Loire in my next trip over the Atlantic. JD, what are you waiting for?  Loire reds have that texture and elegance, when done right, that many Burgundy drinkers are craving, and are so reasonable.  Also check out the reds of Marc Bredif, extremely reasonable and very good.  I've had my share... Read More

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  • I have good friends who run a tasting school near Saumur called Le Tasting Room.  They do all kinds of customized wine exploration and you might enjoy a day with them to get oriented to the wines in the region, have a lovely lunch in their barrel cellar and then visit a winery or two after lunch.One of my favorite small wineries to visit is Chat... Read More

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  • Thank you Richard, great advise.. I will probably skip the coast region on this ... drink in centre and eastern Loire. I am in France almost every year lately as my mother lives in Germany half an hour from the french border (and 20 minutes from the Mosel!!). So there will be another possibility soon to visit this area. So for wine I will conce... Read More

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  • I'd try some of the lesser known producers of Chenin, too, although Huet ... lamb. The textures on good Loire cab franc is just so silken and pleasant I can't stop sipping them.  Bourgeuil, St. Nicholas de B, and Chinon are the main areas for CF reds. I've had Sancerre Rose made from PN and it wasn't all that amazing. I like Muscadet, but I do... Read More

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  • I agree with Greg because biking around the region is what I did. The Loire ,and especially the chateaux are an absolutely beautiful area to wander around. This is a place really steeped in history.  The wines are also very nice. I will go back some day and do some more Read More

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  • I agree with Dmucker. The wines really depend on the year, the producer, and ... very general statement, the Loire valley can be a beautiful place. You should try biking around the region and exploring some of the town Read More

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