Loire wines were born over 2000 years ago when the Romans imported the cultivation of vines to France. By the first century AD, the reputation of the region's wines had been established: the famous writer Pliny the Elder wrote about the increasing growth of viticulture around the Loire. Subsequently, the clergy worked towards developing the reputation of Loire wines by exporting them thanks to the roads built by the Romans but above all, thanks to the river.
But the most grandiose story is the one that links Loire wines to the kings of France. As early as the 12th century, the English court began to snatch up these precious bottles, which further fuelled the interest of French royalty. One by one, sublime châteaux were built along the Loire, giving the river its noble allure. During the Renaissance, the vineyards of the Loire experienced a real expansion as the wines began to be exported to the four corners of Europe.
Today, these terroirs and vineyards exude a fascinating and fluid character. The climates, soils, grape varieties and wines all match the word "diversity". From Nantes to Anjou, the Loire Valley vineyards cover two ancient massifs: the Armorican Massif and the Massif Central. In between the highlands, the vineyards of Saumur, Tours, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé offer a wonderful diversity.
To protect the prestigious reputation of the Loire Valley wines and their quality, but also to identify the numerous nuances, an appellation system was introduced. There are no less than 51 appellations and denominations of origin as well as 5 IGP Val de Loire in the region, making it the 3rd largest French region in terms of volume.
A wide range of red wines, dry, sweet or dessert white wines made from famous grape varieties such as Melon de Bourgogne, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris promise to ravish the tastebuds of wine lovers.