The Loire Valley is a wine region in France known for its fresh, crisp and elegant wines. Located along the Loire River, which stretches from the Atlantic coast to the eastern central part of France, the region produces a wide variety of wine styles.
One of the most famous Loire Valley wines is Sauvignon Blanc, which is grown in the eastern part of the region around the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Dry, crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus and minerals, these wines are excellent with seafood and salads.
Another popular Loire Valley white wine is Chenin Blanc, which is grown in the central and western parts of the region. These wines can be dry or sweet and often have flavors of honey, apple and pear. Chenin Blanc is also used to make sparkling wines, including Crémant de Loire.
The Loire Valley is also known for its red wines, which are made from Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir grape varieties. The red wines from the Loire Valley are lighter in body than those from other regions, with fresh acidity and fruit flavours.