Vines in the beautiful Loire Valley were first planted here in the 1st Century AD by Romans and progress was made from then on as the bishops of Tours promoted the wine for medical and religious reasons. Monks and Royals continued to improve the wines in this region and for many years Loire Valley wines were the most respected in France with vast exports to England and the Netherlands. However, like the rest of France the time of the Phylloxera pest caused catastrophic damage in the late 1800s. The Loire valley picked up again in the mid 1900s and has produced incredible white, rosé, red and sparkling wines since.
The vineyards run along the Loire River and its tributaries under a continental and sometimes quite cool climate. The valley is now France’s forerunner in white wine production and its sparkling wine, Crémant de Loire, is second only to Champagne. Loire Valley reds made from Cabernet Franc are quite light as are the crisp, fresh whites. The main grape varieties here are Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne and Sauvignon Blanc. The Loire Valley is usually split into the categories of Upper, Middle and Lower Loire and famous areas include Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Touraine, Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray and Muscadet.
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