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Loire Valley wine

What you should know about Loire Valley wine

Vineyards and winemaking are deeply rooted in a culture and heritage of French people. That is why France is the country widely recognized for its production and consumption of wine. French people love their wine and usually cannot refuse a glass or two during the dinner or even lunch 馃槈. Also, wine lovers from all over the world come here to taste this delicious liquor and to please their taste buds.

There are a couple of regions in France that are famous for producing and selling wine. We can distinguish regions such as Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Loire Valley, where you can find different types of wine, according to the specific region. But let me tell you something more about the Loire Valley wine region.

Loire Valley region

The region of Loire Valley, also called the Garden of France, is located in central west France and is well known for its attractive landscapes, stunning castles, and old villages. The combination of the beautiful landscape with the cultural heritage determines the uniqueness of the valley. But there’s something more to that. The Loire Valley region is also well known for the wine that its producing. It is the most diverse wine region of all France that produces wines in every style. We can find there 86 different wine appellations with a wide choice of red, ros茅, white and sparkling wine.

Loire Valley wine

Loire Valley wine

The Loire Valley wine has its unique flavors that are made from different types of grapes. The grape varieties we can find in the Loire Valley wine region are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, and Chardonnay.

Loire Valley wine

Among all of the exquisite wines of the Loire Valley wine region, I would recommend trying Coteaux-du-Layon which is a sweet white wine made from Chenin Blanc grapes. Its delightful fruity flavors may be perfect for those who need a little bit of sweetness in their life. Second one worth trying is the Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil which impresses with its soft, fruity taste. It is made mainly from Cabernet Franc grapes with up to 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon. You can choose between ros茅 and red wine. When it comes to Anjou wine, it has its winegrowing influence for over 1,000 years. This wine is especially known for its fresh fruits flavors and it’s usually found as red or ros茅 wine. The next wine I would recommend you to try is the Muscadet, made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes. Muscadet wines are usually dry and light bodied. So, if you鈥檙e a big fan of this type of wine, it might be perfect for you!聽 The last but not least is the Vouvray which has white dry, off-dry, sweet and sparkling wines since it鈥檚 made of Chenin Blanc grapes. Its flavor is considered very fresh with the range from full to opulent.

Visiting cellars

Loire Valley wine

In Loire Valley there are 5 smaller regions where you can find a lot of tourist cellars: Anjou, Centre-Loire, Pays Nantais, Saumur, and Touraine. Take a tour in one of the cellars where you can have a guide who will explain everything to you. Also, you can try the famous Loire Valley wine! To taste some of the finest wines I would highly recommend you to go and visit one of those cellars: Cave des Producteurs de Montlouis-sur-Loire, Cave des Vines de Bourgueil, Domaine de la Vin莽onni猫re, Ackerman, Domaine Lelais or Conf茅rie des Vignerons de Oisly et Th茅see. Each one of them has in their basements different types of wines so I鈥檓 sure you will find something for yourself!

If you鈥檙e not a fan of visiting the cellars you should check out also the wine bars where you can taste Loire Valley wine with some local food. And maybe you will get to know the secrets of pairing wine with some culinary specialties! 馃槈


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Loire Valley Wine Tasting : Ideal For Wine Lovers

Wine Tasting is more than only drinking wine, it is a real experience that allows you to learn about wines. How to differentiate them ? What does an appellation means ? How to properly taste wine like a professional ? And many other things on wine vocabulary. We see, scent, taste and evaluate the wine quality. The main goal of a wine tasting is to know how to talk about the wine after tasting it. Since Loire Valley鈥檚 wine is famous all over the world, why not doing a wine tasting in the region ?
Here is our guide to help you for a Loire Valley wine tasting.


Why You Should Do a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


Curious or wine expert, come and taste the wines produced in the region of the Loire Valley. The region is the 3rd biggest wine region of France, making it worth tasting. Without forgetting that the Loire Valley鈥檚 wine history dates back 2000 years ago, attesting the quality of the region鈥檚 wines. There are countless vineyards in Loire Valley mostly thanks to the temperate climate, which is ideal for grapes production. Lastly, this region has a great diversity of wines : 86 different wines appellation including very famous ones, so you have a wide choice of white, ros茅, red or mousseux wine. That is one of the main reasons why you should do a Loire Valley wine tasting. The most important appellations of the region are Chinon, Bourgeuil, Cheverny, MontLouis and Vouvray. You will find at Vouvray mostly white wines and red wines at Chinon.

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Where to go for a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


The Duhard wine cellar

This cellar does not produce and sell its own wines but those of many domains. This allows them to offers a general view of the wines of the region. In addition to the affordable price of the wine tasting, they also speak English, which is better for the understanding. The friendly staff explains very well wine鈥檚 notions, even for beginners and people who know little about wine. Individual or group tasting, young or old wines, or even according to a theme, choose the type of wine tasting that suits the best to your desires. For more information on the Duhard wine cellar, here is an article.

56 Rue du Rocher des Violettes, 37400 Amboise

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Duhard Wine Cellar


The Voltaire wine cellar

This wine cellar is located in Chinon, where are produced the some of the best wines of the region. It is a must to visit to get a global idea on the wines of the region. The friendly boss gives good piece of advice, in English as well. He has a broad range of organic quality products. Enjoy the local wines proposed and the delicatessen and refined cheese served with. They speak in English. You must also know that in summer season, the selection of wines is wider than the rest of the year.

13 Rue Voltaire, 37500 Chinon

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Voltaire Wine Cellar @Chinon Coeur de Ville


Boisard Fils, The Domain of the Mortier

The Boisard produces in their 13 hectares of fields, wines with the appellation Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. What is special about this domain is their production process that takes into account the respect of the ecosystem. Their vineyards are cultivated in harmony with nature to produce organic wines, that means no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides, but natural and ecological systems to protect the vines against pests or any potential diseases. The staff is welcoming and passionate about their job. They explain well, whether it is in English or German. Seing the vines is also an interesting plus.

Le Petit Bas Mortier, 37140 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil

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Domaine du Mortier – Boisard Filos @Boisard Fils


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CHARDONNAY,聽SAUVIGNON BLANC, SYRAH, CABERNET SAUVIGNON,聽MERLOT,聽PINOT NOIR.聽Overwhelming to decipher the聽vast range of French wines? ParisByM is delighted to take you through Wine Tasting聽in Paris. First, we will walk you through the various wine producing regions in France and the wines they are well known for. Then, we will suggest some options for wine tasting in Paris.

French Wine Regions and their Wines

Wine Tasting in Paris Different Wine Producing聽Regions in France

Champagne Region

This region is the聽most northern of France’s major wine producing regions. It is in this region, and ONLY in this region, that Champagne is produced. The grapes grown in this area have very unique characteristics due to the climate and soil of this region. Taking a wine tasting day trip is very easy and you can escape the noise and bustle of the city for a day and discover the French countryside through an interesting wine tour.

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Loire Valley

Known as the former stomping grounds of French Kings, the Loire Valley is France鈥檚 third largest wine producing region. The Loire Valley is known for wines that share a couple of characteristics: light, fresh, and slightly acidic. It is聽France鈥檚 second largest region for sparkling wine after Champagne. Some examples of聽Loire Valley wines: Montlouis and Vouvray for white wines, or Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil, and Chinon for red wines. The region is dominated by four major varieties of wine:聽Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, and Cabernet Franc.

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Bordeaux is also聽one of France鈥檚 largest wine producing regions. With Burgundy and Champagne, the Bordeaux region of Aquitaine is one of the top three most famous French wine-producing regions. The Bordeaux region聽is very close to the sea. The best estates in the areas sell wines designated as Grand Cru. This region is known for six varieties of grapes: for reds – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, for whites – S茅millon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.


The region is best known for its Chardonnay-dominated Chablis, its light, young, red Beaujolais Nouveau, and its Pinot Noir. The two grapes varieties in this region you should know: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.聽Chardonnay is the most common white wine found in Burgundy. This region is known for some expensive top-dollar wines that designated also as Grand Cru.


This area is in southern France and produces many excellent varieties of wines, the most widely produced and famous聽wines are called C么tes du Rh么ne. C么tes du Rh么ne is one of the more varied聽wine regions in France, 聽and has a range of varieties聽from dry reds to fruity reds, as well as full-bodied whites.

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Wine Tours and Wine Tastings in Paris

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    • French Wine Tasting in Paris聽–聽Whether you are a wine novice or expert, you鈥檒l love this exquisite wine-tasting session in an elegant wine bar in central Paris. During your session, sample several diverse French wines while enjoying a platter of artisanal bread, cheese and charcuterie (depending on option selected).

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