We love the Loire Valley!
The picturesque Loire valley runs along France's longest river, and is rich with historic castles and abbeys, delicious regional specialities and of course, wonderful wines. With its cool climate and moderating influence from the river, the Loire is home to cool, elegant wines, lithe and light in body and expressive of their terroir.
A cool climate region producing perfect wines for Spring
The cool climate enjoyed by the Loire's vineyards means light, bright wines with an elegant feel and moderate levels of alcohol. Just perfect for enjoying in warmer weather! Take a look below to see our suggestions for how and when to serve Loire Valley Wines.
Light bodied wines with moderate levels of alcohol are what the Loire does best - and these are just perfect to serve with Brunch!
We love a glass of fizz with smoked salmon and eggs - why not try a gorgeous Crémant de Loire to add a touch of luxury!
We struggle to think of anything more idyllic than a full picnic basket and a bottle of wine on a sunny day. Just close your eyes and you could almost be taking a pit-stop during a cycle ride through the Loire Valley!
Our top picnic pairing would be a bottle of Chinon alongside crusty bread, soft cheese and a rustic paté. If your wine is slightly chilled, even better!
Sparkling wines are a wonderful beginning to a meal, and in that case we'd reach for a glass of Saumur.
If you're not in the mood for bubbles, perhaps a light and vibrant white wine such as Sauvignon de Touraine or an unoaked Chardonnay from Anjou?
Wines from the Loire needn't only be for casual occasions - they will just as easily suit a more formal affair and truly hold their own against the finest of food.
An all-time classic food pairing is Muscadet with shellfish - how about some oysters or mussels?
And what could be better than a glass of the beautifully sweet Coteaux du Layon alongside some artisan blue cheese?
Thanks to its immense concentration of flavours and searingly vibrant acidity, Chenin Blanc makes some of the longest-lived white wines in the world.
The wines of Savennieres, Vouvray and Bonnezeaux can age for years, if not decades!
If you're ordering in, why not try a glass of Crémant de Loire with fish and chips?
Or the slight sweetness of some Vouvray wines, which pair perfectly with spicy Asian flavours.
The rounded berry fruits of an Anjou Villages Rouge also work perfectly with pizza!