🇫🇷LOIRE VALLEYTouraine


TOURAINE IS   AOC.- 18     @Tours

  • BLANC= Chardonnay, Menu Pineau AKA=Arbois, Pineau Blanc de Loire AKA=Chenin Blanc, Romorantin, Sauvignon Blanc
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc AKA=Breton, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot AKA=Malbec, Gamay, Grolleau, Grolleau Gris, Orbois, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis

GEOGRAPHY France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine

  • DEPARTMENTS– Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Sarthe
  • Sub-AOC.’s– Ambois AOC., Bourgueil AOC., Cheverney AOC., Chinon AOC., Coteaux de Loir AOC.
    • Coteaux du Vendomois AOC., Jasnieres AOC., Lucay-le-Male AOC., Montlouis AOC., St. Nicolas de Bourgueil AOC., Touraine AOC., Touraine Azay-le-Rideau AOC., Touraine-Mesland AOC., Touraine Noble Joue AOC., Touraine-Oislay AOC., Vouvray AOC.

TOPOGRAPHY Rolling/ Hilly

SOILS Metamorphic, Sedimentary”,  Varennes(Alluvial Sand), Clay, Tufa, Sand, Gravel, Flint

  • Tuffeau- Yellowish, Sedimentary Rock(Mixture of Sand and Marine Fossils), Form In Turonian Era(90 Million Years Ago)

CLIMATEContinental With Maritime Influences and Micro-Climates

  • Summers– Hot, Dry    |   Winters– Cold, Wet

VITICULTURE  ?  ha. Planted

  • ~Etymology~ Touraine, Refers to Turonian Era, Which is When a Lot of the Land/ Soils Were Formed 90 Million Years Ago.

GOING THERE  This Part of the Loire Valley is the Land of Chateau and Castles

  • ~Le Chateau de Chambord Castle~  @Chambord
  • ~Le Chateau de Chenonceau Castle~
  • ~Le Chateau de Cheverny 3Castle~  @Cour-Cheverny


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COTEAUX Du LOIR AOC.     @Coteaux du Loir

  • BLANC= Sauvignon Blanc   |   ROUGE= Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(North)
    • DEPARTMENT-Indre-et-Loire, North-West of Tours-City(10km.), @Hw.#A28
    • BORDERS: Coteaux du Vendomois AOC.(North-East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Loir~River~
  • VITICULTURE– ? ha. Planted
    • Estate/ Producers– Guindon

JASNIERES AOC.     @Ruille-sur-Loir

  • BLANC= Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Malbec, Pineau d’Aunis
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(North)
    • In Coteaux de Loire AOC.(North-East), DEPARTMENT– Sarthe
    • North of Tours-City(10km.),  COMMUNE– Lhomme, Puille-Sur-Loir
    • BORDERS: Coteaux du Vendomois AOC.(North-East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, On~Loir~River~
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“, ”Sedimentary, Clay-Sandstone, Clay-Silica Over Tuffeau
  • VITICULTURE– 65 ha. Planted    
  • VINICULTUREBotrytis
    • Estate/ Producers– Belliviere, Gigou, Pascal Janvier, Roche Bleue

COTEAUX Du VENDOMOIS AOC.    @Vendome, Aze

  • BLANC= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Pineau d’Aunis, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(North)
    • DEPARTMENT–          , North-East of Tours-City(10km.)
    • BORDERS: Coteaux du Loir AOC.(South-West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly”, On~Loire~River~
  • VITICULTURE–  haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Brazilier, Montagne Blanche, Montrieux

TOURAINE AOC.     @Tours

  • BLANC= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Greater)
    • DEPARTMENT– (Laps)indre-et-Loire & Loir-et-Cher & Indre
    • “Multi-Appellation”, “Non-Contiguous(4)”
  • VITICULTURE– 65 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Cellier du Beaujrdin, Chidaine, Les Vins Contes(Nat.Pro.), Xavier Frissant

BOURGUEIL AOC.    @Bourgueil

  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc(+90%) AKA=Breton, Cabernet Sauvignon(-10%)
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(West)
    • DEPARTMENT-Indre-et-Loire, West of Tours-City(    km.), @Hw.#A85
    • COMMUNES-(7) Benais, Chouze-sur-Loire, Ingrandes-de-Touraine, Saint-Tatrice,
      La Chapelle-sir-Loire, Bourgueil
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Hills/ River-Bench”, On~Loire~River~(North)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“, ”Sedimentary, Hills– Turonian Chalk/ Limestone
    • River Bench-Gravel, Silt, Sand, Clay
  • CLIMATE= Continental With Maritime Influence
  • VITICULTURE– 1,400 haPlanted,  Rouge,  Rose
    • Estate/ Producers– Bel Air, La Butte, La Chevalerie, Chesnaies, Des Vallettes, Lame Deslisle Boucard, Miniere, Nau Freres, La Noblaie, Rochouard, Roncee,  Yannick Amirault
  • CULTURE
    • Monks & Monasteries ~Bourgueil Abbey~
      • Abbot Breton First Planted Cabernet Franc Here.

St. NICOLAS De BOURGUEIL AOC.     @Bourgueil

  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(West), @Hw.#A85
    • DEPARTMENT– ?,   In Bourgueil AOC.(North-West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“, ”Sedimentary, Sand, Gravel, Clay, Limestone
  • VITICULTURE–  1,100 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Amirault, Clos de Quarterons, Cotelleraie, Famille Amirault-Grosbois, Frederic Mabileau, Jarnoterie, Joel Taluau, Mortier(13ha.), Lysiane et Guy Mabileau

CHINON AOC.     @Chinon

  • BLANC= Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(West)
    • DEPARTMENT-Indre-et-Loire, BORDERS-Bourgueil AOC.(North)
    • COMMUNES-(26)-Anche, Avon-les-Roches, Beaumont-en-Veron, Briancon, Chezelet, Chinon, Cravant-les-Coteaux, Crouzilles, Huismes, Ligre, L’ile-Bouchard, Panzoult, La Roche-Clermault, Riviere, Savigny-en-Veron, Sazilly, Tavant
    • Sub-Zones- Left Bank, Right Bank
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly, On Veron Plain
    • On~Vienne~River~Tributary~Loire~River~(South)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Limestone, Gravel, Scree, Flint
    • Banks- Varennes(Alluvial Sand, Clay),  Slopes- Tuffeau(Soft-Limestone)
  • CLIMATE-  MaritimeWith Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 5,801 ha./ 2,347 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers-  Bernard Baudry, Baudry-Dutour, Bonneliere(30ha.), Charles Joguet, Couly-Dutheil, Charles Pain, Grosbois(9ha.), Fabrice Gasnier, Noblaie, Olga Raffault, Philippe Alliet, Wilfrid Rousse
    • Vineyards– (Right Banks Vienne River)- Les Barnabes, Les Battereaux, Beauregard, Bel Air, Bois d’Arcon, Bouchardiere, Les Chesnaise, Le Chene Vert, Champ Chenin, Clos de l’Echo, Clos Guillot, Clos del’Olive, Clos Turpenay, Coteaux du Vieux Bourg, La Galipe, Les Galippes, Les Galuches, Les Gresilles, Haute Olive, Isore, Moulins de Beau Puys, Moulin a Tan, Pallus, Le Pressoir, Les Peuilles, Le Petit Bouqueteau, Les Picasses, Le Puy Gallant, Le Puy Livet, Le Puy Rigault, La Roche d’Honneur, Les Rosiers, La Semellerie, Sonnay,
    • Vineyards– (Left Banks Vienne River)- La Bois Joubert, Le Bois Piquet, Clos de la Cure, Clos de La Croix Marie, Les Corneulles, La Dioterie, La Folie, Le Hegronniere, La Paradis, Saut-au-Loups, Les Varennes du Grand Clos
  • VINICULTURE- Blanc,  Rouge(+90% Cabernet Franc),  Rose
  • CULUTRE- UNESCO WOLRD HERITAGE~ ~Chinon~ ~Exceptional Cultural Landscape~
  • GOING THERE
    • Monks & Monasteries ~Fontevraud-l’Abbay~
    • Cultural Obligations ~Forteresse Royale de Chinon~

TOURAINE AZAY-Le-RIDEAU AOC.      @

  • BLANC= Chenin Blanc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Central)
    • In Touraine AOC.,  DEPARTMENT– ?
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~ ? ~River~Tributray~Loire~River~
  • VITICULTURE–  ? haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers

TOURAINE NOBLE JOUE AOC.     @

  • BLANC= Pinot Gris
  • ROUGE= Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Central)
    • In Touraine AOC., DEPARTMENT– ?,   North of Chinon-City(    km.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Indre/ Cher~Rivers~(Between)
  • VITICULTURE– ?  haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Remi Cosson, Vincent Dupuy

VOUVRAY AOC.     @Vouvray

  • BLANC= Pineau de la Loire AKA=Chenin Blanc, Arbois
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Central)
    • DEPARTMENT– ?, Extends From Eastern Edge of Tours to the Breanne River
    • COMMUNES-(8) Chancay, Noizay, Parcay-Meslay, Reugny, Rochecorbon,  St. Radegonde-Touraine, Vernon-sur-Brenne, Vouvay
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On-Brenne~River~Tributary~Loire~River~(North)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“,  ”Sedimentary
    • Hillsides- Turonian Chalk
    • Valley Floor- Perruche(Flint, Clay), Aubuis(Chalk, Clay)
  • CLIMATE=Maritime With Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE–  ? haPlanted
  • VINICULTUREDry-Sweet,  Botrytis,  Sparkling
    • Estate/ Producers– Barton & Guestier, Viking, Vigneau-Chevreau, Vaufuget

  • CREMANT De VOUVRAY AOC.     @Vouvray
    • BLANC=Chenin Blanc
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley, Touraine
    • VINICULTURESPARKLING…Method/ Traditional
      • Estate/ Producers– Champalou, De Chanceny, Jaillance, Moncontour, Vigneau-Chevreau

MONTLOUIS AOC.     @Montlouis

  • BLANC= Pineau de La Loire AKA=Chenin Blanc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Central)
    • DEPARTMENT– ?,  East of Tours-City(2 km.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, On~Cher~River/ Loire~River~(South)
  • SOILS= Metamorphic“, ”Sedimentary, Gravel Top-Soil, Over Tuffeau, Sand Silex Stones, Limestone
  • CLIMATE=Maritime WithContinental Influences
  • VITICULTURE– ?  haPlanted
  • VINICULTUREStill(Dry to Sweet),  Botrytis,  Sparkling
    • Estate/ Producers– Flamand, Francois Chidaine, Liards, Le Rocher, Stephane Cossais(Nat.Pro.)
    • Vineyards– Borderies

  • CREMANT De MONTOUIS AOC.     @Montouis
    • BLANC= Chenin Blanc
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley, SUB-REGION-Touraine
    • VINICULTURESPARKLING…METHOD/ Traditional
      • Estate/ Producers– Francois Chidaine, Lise & Bertrand

TOURAINE-AMBOIS AOC.     @Amboise

  • BLANC= Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot, Gamay
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(Central)
    • DEPARTMENTS– Indre-et-Loire, BORDERS: Vouvray AOC.(West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly”, On~Loire~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 220 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Closerie Chanteloup, Dutertre

TOURAINE-MESLAND AOC.     @

  • BLANC= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Gamay, Cot AKA=Malbec, Cabernet Franc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(North-East)
    • In Touraine AOC., DEPARTMENT– Loir-et-Cher
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Loire~River~(Right Bank)
  • VITICULTURE– 90 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers

TOURAINE-CHENONCEAUX AOC.     @Montrichard

  • BLANC= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
  • ROUGE= Gamay, Cot AKA=Malbec, Cabernet Franc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(South-East)
    • In Touraine AOC., DEPARTMENT-Loir-et-Cher, @Hw.#85
    • CITIES-Blere,, Montrichard, Saint-Aignay
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Cher~River~(Right Bank)
  • VITICULTURE– ? haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Bougrier, Echardieres
  • GOING THERE- Cultural Obligations ~Le Chateau de Chenonceau “Castle”~  

CHEVERNEY AOC.     @Blois

  • BLANC= Sauvignon Blanc(60%-85%), Chardonnay, Menu Pineau AKA=Arbois, Pineau Blanc de Loire AKA=Chenin Blanc, Romorantin,
  • ROUGE= Gamay, Pinot Noir, Cot AKA=Malbec, Cabernet Franc
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(East)
    • DEPARTMENET-Loir-et Cher,  Sub-Zones/ AOC’s Cour-Cheverny AOC.
    • COMMUNES-(24) Canne-sur-Beuvron, Cellettes, Cheverny, Chitenay, Cormeray, Cour-Cheverny, Feings, Fougeres-sur-Bievre, Fresnes, Huisseau-sur-Cosson, Maslives, Monthou, Les-Montils, Montlivault, Mont-Pres-Chambord, Muides, Ouchamps, Saint-Claude-de-Diray, Saint-Dye, Saint-Laurent-Nouan, Sambin, Seur, Tour-en-Sologne, Vineuil
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly/ Terraces”, On~Loire~River~(South)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary, Sand, Clay, Gravel, Limestone
  • VITICULTURE– 536 haPlanted
  • VINICULTUREBlanc,  Rose/ Pineau d’Aunis, Rouge
      • +BLENDED/ Gamay & Pinot Noir
    • Estate/ Producers– Benoit Daridan, Herve Villemade(Nat.Pro.), Philippe Tessier, Salvard
  • GOING THERE- “Cultural Obligations” ~Le Chateau de Chambord “Castle”~  @Chambord

  • COUR-CHEVERNY AOC.     @Cour-Cheverny
    • BLANC= Romorantin, Sauvignon Blanc
    • ROUGE= Gamay, Cot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(East)
      • DEPARTMENET-Loir-et Cher,  In Cheverny AOC.(Central)
    • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly”, On~Loire~River~
    • VITICULTURE– 49 haPlanted
      • Estate/ Producers– Henri Marionet(Planted/ 1850)
    • GOING THERE- “Cultural Obligations” ~Le Chateau de Cheverny “Castle”~  @Cour-Cheverny

LUCAY-Le-MALE AOC.    @Lucay-le-Male

  • BLANC= Sauvignon Blanc
  • ROUGE= Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(East)
    • DEPARTMENTS– Indre-et-Loire
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”
  • VITICULTURE– 536 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers

TOURAINE-OISLY AOC.    @

  • BLANC= Sauvignon Blanc
  • ROUGE= Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(East-Central), SUB-REGION-Touraine(East)
    • DEPARTMENT– Indre-et-Loire
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”
  • VITICULTURE–  haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Marce

CREMANT De LOIRE     @Loire

  • BLANC= Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
  • ROUGE= Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamey, Pineau d’Aunis, Pinot Noir
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Loire Valley(Greater)
  • VINICULTURESPARKLING…Method/ Traditionelle(+AGED/+1 Year, On Lees)
    • Cremant de Loire Can Be Produced From the Entire Region , From 13 Different Grapes From Any Area From Muscadet to Sancerre.


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