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Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a big, complicated, and tough to learn wine region. Don’t feel bad if frustration sets it. We could easily do an entire week on this area and still not cover everything!

Take it in bits and pieces. Learn about Vouvray, Sancerre, and Muscadet first. After that hit some red wine regions such as Chinon.

Know that west to east the key grapes are:

  • Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet)
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • … along with exceptions to this rule all over the place. Loire is tough to learn!

Map resources

Experience Loire: Wine region map

Vineyards.com: Loire Valley map

More links for learning

Winesearcher: Loire Valley (which has links to all the sub-regions … of which there are many!)

Wine Enthusiast: Decode the Wines of the Loire Valley

Winesearcher info on the two most important grapes of the Loire: Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc

Wine Traveler: 10 Important Things to Know About the Loire Valley

Official website: Loire Valley Wines