Spread over 500 miles, the Loire wines offer a great diversity: white, red, sweet, sparkling. Reported on the UNESCO world heritage list, the Loire river features a rich history and magnificent wines such as Vouvray, Sancerre, Bourgueil or Pouilly Fume.
The Loire region is in fact 4 distinct regions that each embrace their own unique characteristics and grapes:
- Pays Nantais and the well known Muscadet made out of Melon de Bourgogne
- L’Anjou featuring Savenniere and the sweet Coteau du Layon
- Tourraine combining Carbernet Franc (in Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil and Chinon) and Chenin Blanc (Vouvray, Montlouis Sur Loire)
- The Center region with the world-acclaimed Pouilly Fume, Menetou Salon and Sancerre
Loire wines are very popular in the United States. Indeed, Sancerre wines jumped 20% in sales over the last 12 months and the US is now among the top 4 importers of Muscadet wines.
The French Corner is very keen on Center Loire Sauvignon Blanc wines as they offer a perfect match for fish, white meat and cheese dishes. The variety of styles allow the consumer to find wines that match their tastes or would complement a meal.