Stretching from Nantes to the very centre of France, the Loire Valley is one of the largest and most diverse regions, producing dry, sweet, white, rosé, red and sparkling wines.
To the very western edge, at the mouth of the Loire River, the appellation of Muscadet is heavily influenced by the Atlantic ocean. The moderate temperatures and wet conditions are ideal for the production of dry, crisp white wine and make the perfect pairing for local seafood. Further inland, the climate becomes more drier and more diurnal, where white wines produced from Chenin Blanc and red wines produced from Cabernet Franc, dominate.
Chenin Blanc styles range from dry to sweet to sparkling, with notable regions such as Vouvray, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume most celebrated for quality and longevity.
Cabernet Franc styles can vary from light and fresh to full bodied and fruit-driven, with the villages of Chinon, Anjou and Saumur well-known for quality rosé and red wine production.
At the most Eastern edge of the Loire Valley is where the famous appellations Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé can be found. Both regions are renowned for clean and mineral expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, with neighbouring Menetou-Salon producing a similar, although lesser known, offering.