Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its landscapes and chateaux, the Loire Valley has a unique lifestyle and world-famous vineyards. Its 1,000-km wine route reveals historic monuments and prestigious wine districts.
From Nantes to Sancerre, the Loire Valley vineyards stretch along the majestic river of the same name. You will follow it along the longest wine route in France. Underground villages, chateaux, gardens and royal abbeys are revealed in a landscape of hills and plains. Hidden behind each renowned wine district is a famous Loire chateau: Chenonceau, Chambord, Brissac, Saumur, and Chinon. More than one thousand vineyards are open to the public, including 400 specially accredited wine cellars, where you will meet the winemakers and taste their numerous types of Loire Valley wines. Massive wine cellars, wine-tasting walks in the vineyards, trips on traditional boats, stays in the vineyards, entertaining wine events: the Loire Valley is a fabulous destination for numerous wine tourism trips.
From the Atlantic to the Berry region, passing through the wine districts of Muscadet, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine and Sancerre, the Loire Valley wines are produced from a large variety of grapes and growing areas. Red, white, dry, mellow, effervescent, sweet and strong as well as rosés, the Loire Valley offers every different type of wine. The famous names ... Sancerre, Chinon, Coteaux-du-Layon ... are renowned worldwide.
1.To see the Loire chateaux and the landscape, which is the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in the world.
2.To ride the 900 km of bike paths along the Loire river: ‘The Loire by Bike’.
3.To taste the Loire Valley wines in different ways: by night at the Chateau de Chenonceau, during a walk in the vineyards, or in the massive underground wine cellars.
appellations 85 appellations
Red: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau, Pineau d'Aunis, Malbec.
White: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Melon de Bourgogne, Chardonnay.