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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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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  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • J. Moeau & Fils

    Located in the heart of the Chablis region, just outside the village of Chablis, J. Moreau & Fils...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

    White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose ...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • 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...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Domaine de Villargeau Coteaux du Giennois 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant [ www.htfwines.co.uk for ... from Orleans on the river Loire and 80 miles south of Paris.The reds are made from gamay and pinot noir and the whites from sauvignon blanc.There are only 90 hectares of sauvignon blanc in the entire appellation and very little is exported outside France so this li... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine du Colombier Chinon 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine from my local supermarket where it was on offer ... Vienne,a tributary of the Loire,about half-way between Saumur and Tours.Domaine du Colombier [www.chinoncolombier.fr ] is a 24 hectare estate that has been in the family of Christine and Oliver Jouvault for severasl generations.I drank my bottle the other evening ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bourgueil Theophile Guillon 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 from a shop in London's Hampstead ... and ... ... and Tours in the central Loire valley.I drank my bottle last night with my supper of a gammon steak and I enjoyed it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant/blackberry fruit there and the tannins are not intrusive.This is lovely stuff and good value for mone Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Regis Cruchet Vouvray Coleurs d'Automne Molleux 2002


    This bottle of wine was part of a three bottle lot I bought on the website ... ... at the eastern end of the Loire valley not far from Tours and the grape variety is Chenin Blanc known locally as Pineau de Loire although small proportions of a grape called Arbois is also allowed but rarely used.There are four types of Vouvray,sec,demi-sec,moll... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château De La Grille Chinon 2006


    Peppery and earthy. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Sauvion Rose d'Anjou 2011


    Very nice French Rose. Light, crisp and dry with some strawberry cream, a little bit of bright cherry and a touch of lime on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Réserve Des Vignerons Saumur Blanc 2010


    dried raspberry, cherry plum on the nose.....hints of vanilla...rich tannins...medium bodied...somewhat short finish. Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Hubert Veneau Pouilly-fumé 2011


    Lemongrass, minerality, medium bodied nice balance Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Sancerre Paul Buisse Loire France 2002


    Missing the flintiness of a finer Sancerre Read More

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Monmousseau Vouvray NV


    Tbis is a fantastic wine from the Loire valley. Read More

    Wine review by Barryhopking

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