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Food and Wine

vendredi 21 février 2014, par Tifany

The Loire Valley is a land of plenty : red, white, rosé wines, goat cheese, authentic cuisine...
A paradise for food lovers !

Loire Valley Wines


Wine grape {JPEG}Even if more confidential than Bordeaux or Burgundy, the Loire Valley is also France third most important winemaking region. This land of balance - between North and South, smooth suavity and crisp freshness, art and literature, tradition and modernity-, furthered by a mild climate and rich soils, has brought forth of the most vibrant diversity of wines.

Loire Valley wines include 65 appellations, from red to white and rosé, from still to sparkling, from sweet to dry and everything in between...

Wine tasting {JPEG}They are made from more than a dozen different grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne and Cabernet Franc, but also Pinot Noir, Gamay and Malbec, as well as the little known but delicious Romorantin, Pineau d’Aunis and Grolleau.

Some might say Vouvray is the greatest appellation of the Loire. The wines have great longevity, displaying fabulous richness and complex flavors with advancing age... It is famous for its sparkling varieties.

Wine grape {JPEG}The wines of Bourgueil are red and made on the north bank of the Loire in the West of the Touraine district. The Cabernet Franc grape is the principal variety and can be aged successfully for five or more years in good vintages...

Such a diverse array of styles, often within an individual vigneron’s portfolio, combined with marked vintage influence, can make it difficult to get acquainted with the wines of Chinon. But it is, without any doubt, worth trying...

Loire Valley Gastronomy


French gastronomy {JPEG}The Loire Valley is also well known for the softness of its climate and the richness of its soil. Thanks to these qualities, it produces some of the best fruits and vegetables of France and markets stall overflow with seasonal products all year long. Fresh water fishes are also to be found on most restaurants menus, as numerous rivers flow through the region.

As far as meat is concerned, the nearby Sologne region remains one of the most important hunting destination, allowing you to taste all kind of game meat : pheasant, guinea fowls, pigeon, duck, venison…French cheese {JPEG}

But the "must-eat" of Touraine, is probably its goat’s cheese. From Sainte-Maure to Valencay, from Pouligny-St-Pierre to Selles-sur-Cher, they come in all shape and ripeness.

Check out our Loire Valley Wine Tours