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Loire Wines

The longest river in France is also home to some of its greatest wineries. The clean, elegant Sauvignon Blanc-based whites of Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre are well known, as are the fruit-forward, food-friendly Chenin Blanc of Vouvray and Savennières. Saumur-Champigny and Chinon use the Cabernet Franc varietal to produce ethereal reds reminiscent of great Burgundies while the finest sweet wines of Coteaux de Layon and Bonnezeux offer the same hedonistic pleasure as anything.

Loire is a massive region, stretching from the Atlantic coastline to the centre of France, posing a challenge to defining a singular style that summarises the Loire Valley. Often referred to as the "heart" of France for its quality wine, stunning landscape and elegant chateaux, the Loire Valley's seven sub-regions together have earned the region the honour of being added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000.