Ultimate Guide to the Loire Valley Wine Region


Famous Wines of the Loire Valley Wine Region

­There are many varieties of wine to choose from when honing in on Loire Valley. The easiest way to find the best of the best ­is to search for the appellation labels. If you can't go to France to tour the vineyards, you can easily figure out where your wine is coming from by looking for the regional AOCs. Take a look at these designations by type:

Red

  • Anjou Gamay
  • Anjou Rouge
  • Anjou Villages
  • Anjou Villages Brissac
  • Bourgueil
  • Chinon
  • Coteaux du Loir
  • Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
  • Saumur Champigny
  • Saumur Rouge
  • Touraine
  • Touraine Amboise
  • Touraine Mesland

Rosé

  • Bourgueil
  • Cabernet d'Anjou
  • Cabernet de Saumur
  • Chinon
  • Coteaux du Loir
  • Rosé d'Anjou
  • Rosé de Loire
  • Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
  • Touraine
  • Touraine Amboise
  • Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
  • Touraine Mesland
  • Touraine Noble-Joué

Sparkling

  • Anjou Fines Bulles
  • Crémant de Loire
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Saumur Brut
  • Touraine
  • Vouvray

Sweet

  • Anjou Coteaux de la Loire
  • Bonnezeaux
  • Chaume
  • Coteaux de l'Aubance
  • Coteaux de Saumur
  • Coteaux du Layon
  • Jasnières
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Quarts de Chaume
  • Savennières
  • Touraine Amboise
  • Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
  • Vouvray

White

  • Anjou Blanc
  • Chinon
  • Coteaux du Loir
  • Jasnières
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Saumur Blanc
  • Savennières
  • Touraine
  • Touraine Amboise
  • Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
  • Touraine Mesland
  • Vouvray [source: Vins de Loire]

If you are looking for something a little less fancy, it's not hard to discover more world-class Loire Valley wines online or on the shelves of quality wine shops. More than 95 percent of Loire Valley wines are either AOC or the next level down, Vins de Pays. Don't be fooled by the affordable price tag on most Loire Valley bottles--many are wines of the highest quality [source: Daskal].

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