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Twil's regional suggestions for Vallée de la Loire

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Region 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?

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Winemakers

Listed 1302 winemakers

Production

4 million hectolitres per year

Area

70 000 ha

Soil and subsoil

Vey diverse soils in the Loire Valley vineyards (schist, limestone, sand, clay, gravel, granite, etc.)

Grape variety

Reds and rosés : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grolleau, Gamay, Pineau d'Aunis, Pinot Noir, Côt

Whites : Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Melon, Chardonnay