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The wines of the Loire

Wines & spirits Pays de la Loire Nantes

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  • The wines of the Loire

    The wines of the Loire

    Bottles of sparkling wine turned by hand (the "champagne method"). © AFP

  • The wines of the Loire

    The wines of the Loire

    The tower of the Château de Chinon surrounded by vines. © AFP

  • The wines of the Loire

    The wines of the Loire

    A windmill in the Saumur Champigny vines. © AFP

  • Les vins de la Loire

    Les vins de la Loire

    The Bouvet Ladoubet cellars. © AFP

Travel through the Loire Valley to enjoy the charms of France's No. 3 wine-producing region: incredible tourism itineraries, châteaux and wines of great diversity … and many flavours to discover!

The longest wine trail of France lets you explore, from East to West, 4 areas with very different micro-climates and soils: Saumurois, Touraine, Anjou and the Pays Nantais. This gives rise to a unique palette of varieties and a highly diversified range of wines with a highly aromatic expression.

Saumur-Champigny, Chinon, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil… The Loire reds have an excellent reputation, structured and well-balanced on the palate. Their hints of violet and red berries, cherries and blackberries for Menetou-Salon, are enjoyable choices with poultry and white meat.

The most renowned whites, such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, subtle and fragrant, accompany noble fish. The excellent Vouvray and Montlouis, which combine roundness and finesse, are perfect with white meat. And the popular Muscadet goes perfectly with seafood and shellfish.

The very fine rosés, crisp and generous, are a perfect match for the cold cuts and meat specialties of the region. The prestigious sparkling wines of Anjou offer candied fruits and suave notes and are excellent for aperitifs. The sparkling wines, including the delicious Crémant de Loire, are served with fruited desserts.