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 »

Mentor for Loire Wines

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... ... finding good examples of Loire Valley reds.   But there is beauty to be found in wines from any region (usually).On the white side, I prefer freshness - love Gruner V, drinking a great cheap South African Sauv Blanc recently, I have explored upper Mosel valley on fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings Snoothlings...

  • My answer would be that Every Tropic Paradise wine destination should carry Dry Rose, Loire, Provence, Spain Rioja, Australia, Greece and USA. Many more I am sure. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Should every South Florida...

  • I think I would need to start with the Base (Ott) and grow from ... ... ... my Fav is Maimbray Rose Loire.. Ohh the Strawberries.New to this area still.... or maybe not, just not offered yet on Wine List Read More

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  • Jean Maurice Raffault les Galuches 2011


    My favorite bottle! Read More

    Wine review by apolloclark

  • NG, Cork taint happens the moment to cork is put in the bottle. It has nothing ... to taste with. Next month Loir Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Domaine du Vieux Chateau Montlouis Sur Loire Moelleux 2002


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ...-Loire is an AOC created in 1938 for white and sparkling wines made from the chenin blanc grape, sometimes called 'pineau de la Loire'The appellation is located on the south bank of the river Loire opposite Vouvray on the northj bank.Domaine Moyer [ www.domaine-moyer.fr ] is a ver... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Catherine and Pierre Breton Bourgueil Rose 2012


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    Wine review by ftezen

  • Looking at the Boordy website to get an idea on what they produce... What wines ... ... sweet) Chenin Blanc from Loire such as a Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi Sec. Or an off dry Reisling from Germany.The second problem would be finding it on a wine list. Depending on the restaurant you go to, if they have a Sommelier (wine steward), perhaps you cou... Read More

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  • I think GregT has pretty much summed up my disappointment/fatigue with ... ... really nice reds from the Loire for under $20.  Collectible? No, but if the point is to tell everyone you have it, rather than to drink it, why do we care about vintage or the contents of the bottle at all?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lower 2013 prices or else?

  • Basically, I'm moving half of my CA wines out...what used to make up 50+% ... 50+% ... 5-10%Rhone: 5-10%Loire: 5%Germany: 5%Tuscany: 5%The rest...Oregon/Washington, Hungary, Spain, Bandol, etc.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic How has your cellar changed?

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