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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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Remy Pannier Rose d'Anjou 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for 4 euros the last time I was in Calais.Rose ... the town of Angers in the Loire valley,the same area as for the general Anjou AOC.The predominant grape used is grolleau although others such as gamay and cabernet franc are now allowed. Grolleau is beleived to be related to the ancient grape gouais which is also ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Lame Delisle Boucard Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Bourgueil Domaine des Chesnaies 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine back in May when I visited Louis de Grenelle in ... ... on the north bank of the Loire between Tours and Saumur.Lame Delisle Boucard is a prominent and well established producer in the Bourgueil appellation.My bottle is made from vines over 30 years old on the Domaine des Chesnaies plot. I started it last night wit... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Les Domes Chenonceau 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine back in May when I visited the beautiful Chateau ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an 'umbrella ' AOC because it includes some smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Chinon and Vouvray. My bottle is made from a combination of grapes,40% malbec [called 'cot ' in this part of France,40% ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Ackerman Crémant de Loire Cuvée 1811 Rose Brut NV


    Seducing, orange coral color with very fine bubbles. Fresh, fine red berries, crushed strawberry, dill and tarragon on the nose and palate. Nice structure between fruit and freshness, in a very dry style. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Domaine Philippe Tessier Crémant de Loire NV


    This extra-dry wine is 80% Orbois and 20% Chardonnay and Certified Organic. It offers smooth bubbles with floral flavors of acacia and green apple. On the palate it is well balanced, long and harmonious through to the end. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut NV


    100% Cabernet Franc. 20 year old vines. Lovely pink color with brilliant highlights. Fine persistent bead. Freshness and finesse: fine, lively bouquet with fresh red-berry fruit aromas (wild strawberries and cherries). Lively initial impression on the palate and good aromatic intensity. Well-balanced following through a fresh and wonderfully sub... Read More

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  • Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rose NV


    I bought this bottle of wine from Louis de Grenelle's place in Saumur on my trip back in May.The wine is made and stored in some of the caves and tunnels in the limestone beneath the town some of which were dug out by prisoners during the 17th and 18th century.Much of the excavated material was used in buildings in the town.My bottle is made by ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • I have had several of the 'cru' Beaujolais and there, are differences ... the Clos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay was not spicy at all . Perhaps this is the difference between limestone and manganese granite soil Read More

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  • Redagic  Malbec originated in France but the taste of a wine is not only ... ... on here.I was served a Loire valley malbec this summer when I stayed at a hotel in France a bottle of La Gourmandire Touraine Cot and I recall that it was fairly lightweight in style .Malbec is sometimes used in a blend in Bordeaux but the only 100% malbec I have... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Cahors is a region in France, just as Mendoza is a region in Argentina. ... ... versions of malbec up the Loire river in France but they get even less sun, so are a bit 'greener' than those down in Cahors, much less in Argentina. My recommendation would be to start with all sorts of Argentine versions then try Cahors. Later try the Loire varie... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

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