Loire Valley

Loire Valley

On the left bank of the Loire River, is the a medieval hilltop old town of Sancerre with its 15th-century Fiefs tower & period houses. Known principally for the production of Pinot Noir until late 19th century, until Sancerre was devastated by phylloxera. The vineyards were replanted to Sauvignon Blanc and in 1936 Sancerre white was given AOC status; it now produces white, red and rose. The Sancerre is also renowned for goats cheese, the nearby village of Chavignol has been producing Crottin de Chavignol since the 16th century.

Savennières wine is produced from white grape Chenin Blanc. The vineyards are situated on the north bank of the Loire River in the subregion of Anjou-Saumur. Savennières was originally defined as an AOC in 1952. The area includes only three communes south of Angers (for centuries, Angers was an important stronghold in northwestern France. It was the cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty and became one of the intellectual centers of Europe during the reign of René of Anjou) on the right bank of the Loire – Savennières, Bouchemaine and la Possonnière. Vineyards lie on slopes perpendicular to the Loire and have excellent sun exposure.


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