The Loire Valley is the 3rd largest French winemaking region, it follows the Loire River, stretching from Nante on the Atlantic Ocean to Auvergne in the central part of the country and it is known as the Garden of France. Given the unique Northerly position of the Loire Valley, in addition to the substance and vitality provided by the Loire River, the climate throughout the region is favourable for producing beautifully refined and concentrated white and red wines.
In terms of wine regionality, it is separated on The Upper Loire with Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé where Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot noir are dominant. The Middle Loire regions include Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray and the principal wine grapes are Chenin blanc, Cabernet Franc and Gamay. The Lower Loire with the Muscadet region is at the estuary of the Loire River and the gateway to the Atlantic where Melon de Bourgogne as well known as Muscadet grape prevails.
Internationally recognized are the fruity and mineral styled white wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé made entirely from the much loved Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc is also a fantastic grape, producing both dry and sweet wines from Vouvray, Touraine, Anjou, Saumur, Coteaux du Layon, Savennieres and Bonnezeaux appellations. Chenin Blanc is also responsible for creating utterly charming sparkling Crémant. Melon de Bourgogne is a well-known grape near the Atlantic coast with the main region Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, sourcing with light and fresh wines for the local seafood culture.
The red wine star grape variety is Cabernet Franc capable of producing juicy, spicy and tannic wines from the appellations of Chinon, Samur and Bourgueil. Good expressions tending to be more on the light and fruity side are be found from Pinot Noir in Sancerre, Malbec known here as Côt and Gamay from Samur.