Major river in north-central France, with many fine wine regions along its banks. The upper Loire is the source of Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre; the middle Loire is the source of Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil. The lower Loire includes Anjou, a major producer of rose wines and dry Muscadet.
(l'wahr) The Loire Valley is one of the major wine producing regions of France. Most of the wines tend to be light and enjoyed young. A notable exception is my favorite sweet wine, Coteaux du Layon which ages for decades. The principal white grape is Chenin Blanc, and further to the east, Sauvignon Blanc. Less red is produced, and it is often made from Cabernet Franc (also used for rose wines in the region). Because of the beauty of the country side, many castles (Chateaux) have been built along the Loire river and its tributaries, making this a popular, and delightful, tourist destination. This is a huge area with many different types of wine.
The longest and most scenically beautiful river in France which traverses 600 miles through some of the best wine country on Earth. Wines that grow in its vicinity are sometimes collectively referred to as Vins de la Loire.
The longest river in France, extending from central France to the Atlantic near Nantes. This large and varied wine region has many different climates due to its vast area. Famous wines include Chinon, Muscadet, Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre, and Vouvray.