The Loire Valley is a region that’s been known to jolt the system and re-energize an interest in wine for even the most know-it-all oenophiles. The Garden of France, as it’s known, is home to over 4000 wineries that produce a mind-boggling array of world-class wines: racy whites, refreshing rosés, lithe reds, and sumptuous sweet and sparkling wines that even rival neighboring Champagne. The hidden gems of the Loire Valley remain some of the best wine values in all of France.
Winemakers throughout the Loire have defined the wines of their respective regions: The sultry dark fruit and spicy qualities of Cabernet Franc are inextricably linked to Chinon; The nuttiness, florality, and laser-beam acidity of Chenin Blanc is quintessentially Vouvray; And the grassy, mineral-laden, citrus-fruited characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc is what sets Sancerre apart.
Furthermore, the Loire Valley offers the most experimental wines in all of France and remains a bastion for many natural winemakers. When conventions are bucked, wine drinkers win: An endless selection of inspired blends and delicious esoterica await those that seek it out.