Loire Valley’s Most Respected Wines

The Pouilly vineyards date back to the 5th century in Gallo-Roman times. It subsequently enjoyed significant growth, thanks to the Benedictines. In the twelfth century, the wine of Pouilly is already very famous. It will not stop prospering until 1890 when phylloxera appears. At the beginning of the XXth century, the vineyard knows a new impetus in 1929 when the area of ​​production is delimited. Then, Pouilly’s wines regain their letters of nobility, which results in the obtaining of the appellation of Pouilly smoked in 1937 (or white-smoked Pouilly).

The Pouilly-Fumé vineyards area includes seven parishes on the Loire river’s right bank, approximately in central France. These run from Mesves-Sur-Loire in the south to Saint-Martin-Sur-Nohain, a few kilometers to the north. These villages are in Burgundy, although Pouilly-Fumé remains ‘Loire Valley’ wine, intrinsically.

Most Lively Wines in France

Today, the surface of the vineyards extends on 12 square kilometers for an annual production of 7,000 000 liters of dry white wines, around Pouilly-sur-Loire in the Nièvre, in France. The wine is made exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc, a variety whose clusters are formed of small ovoid grains. It is attributed to the notion of “smoked” because the aroma and bouquet have recognizable characteristics among all wines.

The climate of this appellation is moderate temperate oceanic with marl and clay with flints soil condition.


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A part of the important features of Pouilly-Fumé appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Marl and clay with flints.
  • Taste: Soft.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Notion of “smoked”.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature:  10 to 12° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 12 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Pouilly-Fumé
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc.
Types of Wines: White Wine

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