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Wines Loire Valley
With a wide diversity of soil types and a climate that ranges from oceanic to continental to slightly mountainous, the Loire Valley is France's third most important winegrowing region. It encompasses several subregions – the Nantes or Muscadet subregion, Anjou, Touraine and Saumurois – and produces red, white and rosé wines of unequalled quality. There are some real marvels on offer, and nothing beats a good shellfish platter accompanied by a Loire Valley white with sweet apricot flavours, or a plate of meat matched with a rich, rounded Anjou red – not to mention the sparkling wines, produced by the Champagne method much appreciated in the region, which show themselves to best advantage with a desert. They say there's nothing better in life than a good bottle of wine in a Loire Valley restaurant. Want to put the theory to the test?
Listed 1302 winemakers
4 million hectolitres per year
70 000 ha
Soil and subsoil
Vey diverse soils in the Loire Valley vineyards (schist, limestone, sand, clay, gravel, granite, etc.)
Reds and rosés : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grolleau, Gamay, Pineau d'Aunis, Pinot Noir, Côt
Whites : Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Melon, Chardonnay
Blanc Fumé de Pouilly