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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 wines are loved locally, and it is the viticultural region that traditionally supplies Paris. However, the wines are not well-known in the United States, and continue to represent outstanding value.
– Description from juliabutareva

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The Loire Valley wines, from the geographical heart of France, are diverse and distinctive, with leaders in every category: white, red, sparkling and sweet. They are renowned for their exceptional quality, variety and affordability. The wines of the Loire Valley include: Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley and wines like Sancerre and Pouillty Fumé are “hors mode” – timeless examples of the varietal. Chenin Blanc: The Loire valley is the definitive region for this versatile grape. Vouvray, Savennieres, Montlouis and other appellations range from dry to sweet, but are always complex and sophisticated. Pinot Noir: A light, fruity expression of this grape is produced in the Centre Loire from appellations such as Cancerre, Menetou-Salon and Reuilly Cabernet Franc: Chinon, Bourgeuil and Saumur produce pure expressions of the grape and of the diverse terroir of the Loire Valley. Muscadet: This wine, unique to the Loire Valley, is the pinnacle of minerality and the ultimate seaside wine. Rose d’Anjou: a fun, off-dry wine, it makes a great partner to many cuisines that are not traditionally paired with wine, such as barbecue, Chinese and Thai. – Description from LoireValleyWine

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No other wine producing region in France can match the Loire valley's diversity when it comes to wine production. With whites from bone dry to unctious sweet, reds light and easy through to robust and tannic, and high quality sparkling, there is no better place to discover French wine and all its complexities. There are around 69 appellations spread across this region dominated by the river Loire itself, the last wild river in France, a UNESCO heritage site and over 629 miles in length. A whole myriad of grape varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as lesser known ones like Pineau d'Aunis, Cot, Arbois and Romorantin make this a very special wine destination. – Description from Cathy Shore

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