France’s valley of the lost wines

France’s valley of the lost wines
Château de Saumur in the Loire Valley, one of the world’s most undervalued wine regions

Overlooked by modern wine lovers until recently, the Loire is home to an impressive variety of top-quality, well-priced wines

The Loire Valley is one of the world’s most undervalued wine regions, despite being the home of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé and their dazzling sauvignon blanc wines. The Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations together cover about 4,000 hectares of vineyards. The Loire has 85 other wine appellations covering almost 100,000 hectares along an almost 1,000-kilometre journey from its source in the Massif Central until it enters the Atlantic at Nantes.

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