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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Blanc Foussy

    The wine-growing region in the World Heritage region of the Loire Valley The colours and scent 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...

  • 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

  • I'm no expert on Loire reds, but I confess to liking them a lot and drinking them more often than the average West Coast wine drinker.  My own take is that the quality level for both Chinon and Bourgueil (and St. Nicholas de Bourg) is pretty dependent on the maker.  Prices for Bourgueil (wait for huge generalization) are just a tad lower because... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bourgueil vs. Chinon: Paging...

  • Greg, comeon now.  San Diego ain't Timbucktu!  Perhaps another ... the winemaker based in the Loire, also with a name like Catherine and part of a husband-and-wife team, who used to post here in the forum maybe four or more years ago? Would be interesting to get her input if at all possible, whether on stylistic issues or good bottles to targe... Read More

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  • Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Rouge Rosier 2012


    Smells herbal, woodsy. Tastes a bit thin but smooth, a bit sour on the palate. Called "la merde" by Cru Tampa. Read More

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  • Funny coincidence...took my family down to my folks house tonight, and as we ... case of wine with three 2010 Loire reds.Domaine guion bourgueil cuvée prestige. Bourgueil being the appelatio Read More

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  • Ok, for tonight a wine from a winemaker in the East Bay Area... I have had his ... a sweeter vouvray from the Loire, but too much ETOH on the palate and nose to even compare.  Vouvray meets port?&nbs Read More

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  • No JD, not a magnum.  Just the lens angle- even my tiny pansies look ... ... Yes, try some Chinon.  Loire is prolly one of my fav areas of France, but I am in no way a French wine expert.   I do enjoy the Chinons and Vouvrays (chenin blancs), especially the sparkling Vouvrays (think Huet!)This bottle was not super pricey at all... I paid ~22 a... Read More

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  • Vin0Vin0, if at all possible, you should try Rock Wall's newest Cab Franc ... that same note, but over to Loire... I am having a Chinon tonight...  Very nice baby here... rose petals/spice on the nose with bit of tobacco, dark red fruit/spice notes on the palate with some earthiness.  Tannins are prominent but not overwhelming.  It is still a ... Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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