This vast, important winemaking region is popular for its famous white styles and vibrant, refreshing reds.
The Loire is France's longest river and vineyards run along its length. From elegant fizz to lean Pouilly-Fumé and crisp Anjou reds, there are a range of wines united by charm and elegance.
The region can be divided into three main areas: Muscadet, nearest the coast, is created from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. This refreshing white goes fantastically well with fish and oysters. Further inland, around Angers, Saumur and Tours, the white Chenin Blanc grape makes a variety of styles, including dry and medium-dry whites from Anjou, sweet wine from Côteaux du Layon and various styles from Vouvray.
Fresh and characterful reds from Cabernet Franc go well with poultry and meatier fish such as tuna. Further east again are Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, two classic Sauvignon Blanc areas, both of which have elegant aromas of fresh grass and gooseberries. These are a perfect match for another of the region's great products, goat's cheese.