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The Loire Valley
This beautiful wine region has the largest vineyard in France. Back in Gallo-Roman times, wine making was an integral part of the region's industry. And it remained a historical and also cultural model for many centuries. The Loire Valley has various terroirs and multiple grape varieties that adapt to different types of soil.
Anjou sub-region is of 9000 hectares around the city of Angers in Maine-et-Loire. Grape varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin, Sauvignon and even Pinot Noir grow in oceanic climate on high quality schist soils.
Le Saumurois is situated on the left river bank South-East of Angers. Temperature variations are smooth thanks to natural climate regulation by the river. Therefore, the vineyards are situated in the ideal conditions to produce high standard wines. By the way, the famous AOC Saumur Champigny finds its source in here.
Touraine sub-region is of 13 000 hectares. The wines are powerful and large, but fine and full at the same time. The main grape variety is Gamay, which is also assembled with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The white wines are elaborated of Chenin and Cabernet Sauvignon. Some appellations, such as Vouvray, Bourgueil, Chinon and Touraine make this sub-region famous.
Centre-Loire sub-region is situated South-East of the Parisian Basin. The climate there is ideal for Sauvignon, that gives a nice taste harmony to white wines, but also to Pinot Noir that is essential for fine red wines. Appellations of Quincy, Reuilly, Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre come from this sub-region.