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Emily Johnston
March 6, 2018 | Emily Johnston

Loire Valley

Fun Facts about the Loire Valley:

  • The Loire Valley, sometimes referred to as "The Garden of France," has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000
  • Joan of Arc was a notable resident of Loire Valley
  • The Loire River is the longest river in France and is Europe’s last wild river
  • The Loire Valley Wine Region stretches across many different climates, geologies, and soil types, making it the only wine region of France that produces quality wines of all types: white, rosé and red, still and sparkling, sweet and dry.
  • The Loire Valley produces more white wine than any other French region and is second only to Champagne in sparkling wine production
  • Chenin Blanc is the most planted white grape in Loire Valley- Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne round out the top 3
  • Cabernet Franc, the Loire Valley’s darling red grape, is native to neither the Loire Valley nor to Bordeaux- where it is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot- but to the Basque region between France and Spain
  • Restaurants across France typically sell more Loire Valley wines than wines from any other region


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