Most Famous Wines in Loire Valley

The AOC Vouvray comes from the sub-region Touraine. The vineyards are located on the right bank of the Loire, around Tours to Noisay, which represents about 22 square kilometers of wine area east of the city of  Tours in the commune of Vouvray, France. It is a hilly landscape, drawn by plateaus and slopes whose tufa basements are covered by a superficial layer of flint clay deposits, trailing silts, and Aeolian sands facilitating rains’ flow.

Remarkable Long Life

The specificity of these wines is a reflection of the different micro-climates specific to each valley. In this zone, the general climate remains oceanic temperate with a continental influence. The exposure of the vineyards is variable, and they are well protected from cold and winds. The AOC Vouvray produces white wines only with about 11,700,000 liters production rate of wine, annually, and vary in type according to the quality of the years. The grapes’ maturity is advanced when the years are early, which allows producing dry and semi-dry, which are the true representative of this appellation.

The Flagship Wine of the Chenin Blanc Grape

During the grape harvest, the juices harvested have a sufficiently high sugar level to produce remarkable soft and sweet wines and potentially very long aging. When the years are late or difficult for the grapes’ good maturity, the proportion of sparkling wines can reach two-thirds. With notes of acacia, rose, and citrus in their youth, AOC Vouvray develop, over time, candied notes, quince, and honey. The white wines are typical, and the mellows ample and of great freshness.

 


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A part of the important features of Vouvray appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Composed of gravel and clay on top of local Loire limestone (tuffeau).
  • Taste: soft and sweet.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Notes of acacia, rose, and citrus
  • Aging potential: 3-7 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of the important features of Vouvray appellation for white (sparkling) wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Composed of gravel and clay on top of local Loire limestone (tuffeau).
  • Taste: soft and sweet.
  • Wine color: White (sparkling).
  • Aromas: Notes of acacia, rose, and citrus
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 11° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 22 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Vouvray
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Types of Wines: White Wine, Sparkling Wine

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