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Touraine is the large, central section of the Loire Valley, around the city of Tours. It contains some of the Loire’s most important appellations, such as Chinon, Bougueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Vouvray, and Montlouis, as well as dozens of grape varieties. It is extremely geologically diverse as well, incorporating clay, sand, tuffeau, and gravel soils. The generic appellation of Touraine Blanc can be a blend of Chenin Blanc, Arbois, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, while Touraine Rouge can be any combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Pineau d’Aunis, and Grolleau, which makes for some fun and interesting wines. The same grape varieties can also find their way into rose and sparkling wines.
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Varietals Produced in Touraine View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon

  • 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 Touraine

  • Chinon

    Chinon Chinon is the most important red-wine appellation in the Touraine part of the Loire...

  • Vouvray

    Vouvray Vouvray is a large, varied appellation in the Touraine region of the Loire Vall...

  • Bourgueil

  • Cheverny

    Cheverny is an appellation created in 1993 [ although viticulture here goes back centuries ]  f...

  • Cour-cheverny

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  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • Cave Des Producteurs de Vouvray

    The Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray was created in 1953, at the initiative of a small group of wi...

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

    Installé en 1987 par passion du vin avec un hectare, Wilfrid Rousse exploite aujourd'hui 18 hecta...

  • Château de Vaugaudry

    Dès le XVIème siècle les seigneuries voisines de Vaugaudry et du Plessis-Gerbault appartiennent d...

  • Domaine Georges et Nicolas Brunet

    From a family of wine growers since eight generations we cultivate very traditionally and we resp...

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Touraine on Snooth

  • They did have a seminar on Bordeaux wines at the Show but I did not do it as I ... lovely sauvignon blanc from Touraine Chenonceaux[amoung other wines] inspiring me to buy a bott Read More

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  • I can now report that I attended the 2018 London France Show at the Olympia ... bottles a bottle of cot from Touraine in the Loire valley by Domaine Prieure,a bottle of sauvignon blanc from the Touraine Chenonceaux appellation by Domaine de la Chaise,and a bottle of  Rosette from Chateau Puypezat near Bergerac. This last wine was interesting b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Brin d'Epice Cot Touraine 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London [www.boroughwines.co.uk]. The Touraine appellation was created in 1939 [although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans] for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 70 communes around the City of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella'appellation because it includes a nu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de la Désoucherie Cheverny 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.com ] Cheverny is an appellation created in 1993 [although viticulture here goes back centuries] for red,rose,white and sparkling wines [though most are white ] from 24 communes between the Loire and Cher rivers south of the town of Blois.Domaine de la Desoucherie is a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Touraine Gamay Domaine du Prieure 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the 2017 London France Show ... ] for £10. The Touraine appellation was created in 1939 [although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an umbrella appellation because it in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

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    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Le Grand Bougueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc Loire Valley Chinon 2012

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    Old world in style even though it seems to be a ripe vintage. Ripe fruit and a touch of menthol on the nose. Red fruited in the mouth with some sharp acidity and a bit of biting tannin on the finish. I know, baby killer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2015

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    Very much enjoyed this - enough complexity to be interesting, but a lighter-weight red wine which plays well with complex foods. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Complices de Loire St. Nicolas de Bourgueil les Canonnieres 2014

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    Intense cherry fruits on nose, quite tannic with some balance of fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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