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

  • 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

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  • 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...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • I've had the Graciano (still have a bottle, was bought at slight discount ... and heavy like in, say, the Loire or the Bordeaux.  (Conversely, getting "good" botrytis in California is hard.) So theoretically grapes like Graciano could be really good here.  Pierce can grow at reasonable prices (they also sell to other wineries) because they are... Read More

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

  • Sancerre Rose Vacheron 2013


    Made with 100% Pinot Noir the Vacheron Sancerre has a light peachy color and a clean fragrant bouquet of fresh summer flowers. Immediately sharp with a slight zing on the tip of the tongue with an expressive fabulousness of tartness. Tastes of peach and pear with edges of citrus abound in this wonderful Sancerre. This wine delights every par... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife

  • BTW, do you think that chair is really full size?  From the looks of the ... less weight than the average Loire Cheni Read More

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  • Domaine Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology

  • Al,I do all of my dinner party/ appetizer parties as blind tastings.  I do ... for example a chenin from Loire, a CA Viognier, and a NZ SB say with an asian food theme.  I tend to stick to red or white for the challenge, not both at the same time.  If I do that, I will do whites with appetizers (assuming they will pair correctly) and reds with ... Read More

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  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... Pinot Gris).Pouilly Fume (Loire Valley) is only allowed Sauvignon Blanc and some Chasselas.Regarding your reference to Alsace displaying the grape on the label, according to what I have been reading, displaying the grape is typically an indication of a lower classifica... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • Don't forget 'Fume Blanc'--a major Mondavi marketing success, which ... in terms of varietals--also Loire locality ripoffs that couldn't be complained about. The guy was a whiz at what he did. Or is it Wi Read More

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  • Cuvee Marie Justine Rosé Domaine du Roncee Loire France 2011


    Light and fruity Cab Franc with plenty of varietal character in its tobacco and tomato leaf nose. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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