Vouvray (Loire Valley)
The Loire is best known for crisp dry still white wines based on the Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, which are light, fresh and relatively low in alcohol. Look for sparkling wines (methode champenoise), produced at Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire.
If you have visited the Champagne region this is an excellent opportunity to compare champagne with the fizzy Cremant de Loire. Like in Champagne these sparkling wines are blended so you might find the minerality of Chenin, the finesse of Chardonnay and the structure of Cabernet Franc in a single bottle from the terroir of Vouvray and Chinon.
Situated just across the Loire river from Vouvray is Montlouis-sur-Loire, which also makes dry, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling wines from 100% Chenin Blanc. Where the wines of Vouvray are fruity and floral, Montlouis-sur-Loire tends to reflect some of the more earthy and mineral notes of Chenin Blanc.
If you love Champagne you will love the sparkling and still wines in Vouvray on a custom planned tour of the top producers.
100% Chenin Blanc Tour
Vineyard & Culture Tour