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...

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

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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  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

    In 1936, Jacques Chauveau, a Parisian doctor bought the property. At that time a small amount of ...

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • 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...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon Blanc "Les Chanteaux" 2011


    The 2011 Les Chanteaux Chinon white is a very nice example of Chenin blanc that ... a very fine example of dry Loire Chenin lan Read More

    Wine review by Dan

  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... blend, Chenin blanc from the Loire or South Africa, Italian Arneis, Prosecco, Spanish Albarino,Godello or Viura, Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge 3: what...

  • Ok, here's the site: about-france.com, proffering 'French wines--a ... wines produced in the large Loire Valley area, there are few Loire wines, whites, rosés or pale reds, that rank among the greatest French wines.""Provence is a large wine-producing area, best-known for its rosé wines. ... The most famous of the area's white wines is Bandol, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...

  • Darrin Vogler is about to take the "Snarky in a nice way" title from ... ... and the Yonne, while the Loire forms one boundary of the region.  (The Loire--it's everywhere!) Lots of vines and wineries on the Rhone, but my last TGV from Geneva left the side of the Rhone before crossing into Macon at the southern end of Burgund Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...

  • Domaine Guindon Coteaux Dancenis Gamay Rose 2010


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Yeah, hills are interesting all over.In warm sunny Napa, it's because ... ... ... it's so cold. In the Loire valley, they can do OK on the flatlands and in Bordeaux, the Medoc as swampland and had no vines at all until the late 1600s when the Dutch drained the swamps, so it's pretty flat. In Pic St Loup, they grow on the hills because it's coo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?

  • The nice thing about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is much less expensive than ... grass. But wines from the Loire valley would be great. That's a fairly cool area much of the year but has beautiful summers, but their wines, which are mostly SB, CB, and towards the west, a relative of SB called Melon, tend to be very lean, high in apparent acid, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Huet's star is definitely fading a bit with the new ownership, and '12 ... like a very good vintage for Loire so I won't be in for much, if any of that. In case you missed it:However, I wonder how much the infatuation with Huet has become about the brand and its history...anyway its come with a little shock that the Huet brand has been cut dow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long will a good dry...

  • I think you will have lots of choices in birth year bottles for your son.  ... bet.  And, although the Loire wasn't as spot on as 2010, why not some Huet, with and without noble ro Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long will a good dry...

  • You have a pretty good start on young reds if you like Cab Franc.  I'd ... and French (mostly from the Loire, but also from Bordeaux).  Chenin Blanc is often a good deal and it's going to be the antithesis of those creamy chards, all citrus pith, stones, and acid, but aging into wax and honeysuckle. Welcome to Snooth, great first post!  Now go ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

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