The Loire Valley is a diverse region running from Sancerre in the East to Nantes in the West. There is a rich palate of grape varieties that gives rise to a range of styles. Perhaps the best source for really good crisp white wines in the world. There are also some lovely red and rose wines.
The Loire is most famous for Sauvignon Blanc, which was grown here long before New Zealand discovered the variety. We have a wide range of Sauvignons. You can buy a case of 6 of each one, or a mixed case to try several different wines. Look out for the new Chenonceaux Appellation, truly exceptional wines.
Chenin Blanc is another grape that originated in the Loire. A range of different styles are made from bone-dry to some of the most luscious sweet wines in the World. Barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc is a particular favourite of ours. Look out too for fine sparkling wines made from Chenin.More
The Loire Valley produces some wonderful red wines, which are often overlooked here. The relatively northern climate of the Loire gives the red wines of the region a freshness that makes them great with a wide variety of foods - charcuterie, lamb, cheese and even fish. Try a red from the Loire slightly chilled with a meaty fish.
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