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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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 an appellation created in 1987,although there has been viticulture here for centu...

  • 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 created in 1937 [although viticulture here goes back to at ...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Saumur

      Saumur is an appellation in the Loire Valleycreated in 1936 for red,rose,and white wines f...

  • Anjou-saumur

      Anjou-Saumur is the large central section of the Loire Valley around the cities of Angers ...

  • Coteaux du Giennois

    Viticulture here has a long history going back to at least the medieval era but appellation sta...

  • Menetou-salon

    Menetou-Salon is an appellation created in 1959 for red,rose and white wines [65% are white] fr...

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • 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...

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  • A fan of strong drink, eh DV (well, maybe not, given your upbringing and ... I ... I prefer Bordeaux, Rhone and Loire-style blends whether from the region of origin (in style) or from good locations elsewhere - allure of certain Hispanic and Italic wines notwithstanding.However, when you drink a truly fine PN from Burgundy or (say) Oregon and ... Read More

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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut 2013

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  • Another Wednesday, another weird wine.   This one is from Greece made ... we just returned from the Loire valley where Cab Franc is king.Dark and inky this has aromas of black fruit and some old world earthiness.  This is fairly dry in the mouth with moderate tannins, a bit light on the acid, fairly tightly wound, earthy with some hints of blac... Read More

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  • Yannick Amirault les Quartiers 2014

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  • Baumard Coteux du Layon Carte d'Or 2000

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £9.The ... ... grape [called pineau de Loire in this area] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire.. Domaine Beaumard is a leading producer and this cuvee is made from old vines and is unoaked. I started the bottle... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Isabelle et Pierre Clement Chatenoy Menetou-Salon Tradition 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.greatwesternwines.co.uk for £20. Menetou-Salon is an appellation created in 1959,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red,rose and white wines made with the pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes respectively from 10 communes in the upper Cher valley close to the similar but ... Read More

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  • Domaine de la Guilloterie Saumur Champigny les Loges 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a stand at the London France Show back in January. Saumur Champigny is an appellation created in 1957,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red wines made mostly of the cabernet franc grape from 8 communes south-east of the town of Saumur. My bottle comes from a family producer in... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Pierre Guindon Coteaux d'Ancenis Gamay 2016

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  • Jasnieres Clos Saint Jacques Domaine Gigou 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk] for ... ... a northern tributary of the Loire [with an 'e'] Domaine Gigou is a small family producer in this area.My wine is made from 70 year old vines in the Clos Saint Jacques vineyard and spent a year in oak barrels I started my bottle the other evening with my supper o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Pascal Jolivet les Franches Pouilly-Fume 2016

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    Nice SB. Good acid--slightly lemony--makes it quite refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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  • WE just visited the Loire area and we found an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of the best white wines that I have tasted. It did win an award in France. We were able to ring back a couple of bottles but I would like to purchase a case of this wine. - all information in French Domaine Du Vieux Pressoir 2009 Sauvignon Cuvee Fleur de Lys- Va...

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  • I've just added a picture to the Loire Wine page. It's an estate in the Layon called Domaine de Juchepie which is run by a Belgian couple called Eddy and Mileine Oosterlinck-Bracke. They are based in Faye d'Anjou and make the most incredible sweet wines or 'noble sweet' wines as Eddy likes to call them. The estate is biodynamic and he adds no...

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