Loire appellations

Loire appellations

Loire wines by region - appellation

Loire Appellations

Source: Loire Valley Wine Appellations

The Loire wine region, located in western France, extends over 800 kilometers along the Loire River. The area has a long and rich wine-growing history, dating back to Roman times. The diversity in soil, climate and grape varieties results in a wide range of wines, from sparkling wines to powerful red wines and sweet dessert wines.

The climate in the Loire ranges from cool and humid in the east to warm and temperate in the west. The soil types vary from calcareous clay to sandstone and granite.

The Loire wine region is known for a wide range of grape varieties. Sauvignon Blanc is the most famous grape for white wine, while Cabernet Franc is the most famous grape for red wine. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Pinot Noir are other important grape varieties in the region.

The Loire wines are predominantly fresh and elegant. The white wines are often dry and fruity, with aromas of citrus, white fruit and minerals. The red wines are light to medium in body, with aromas of red fruit, herbs and spices. The sparkling wines from the Loire, Crémant de Loire, are elegant and fresh.

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