Wine: The lure and the lore of the Loire

For all its variety of viniculture, the region is often unjustly pigeonholed to just two names and one grape

The Loire Valley is the largest wine region in France

The Loire Valley is physically the largest wine region in France, twisting and turning along France's longest river for 1,012 kilometres from the Atlantic coast at Nantes, to its birthplace source just over 100 kilometres north of Avignon at the edge of sun-drenched Mediterranean Provence.

There are almost 80 distinct and legally designated wine appellations along the Loire's vast length, and they range in style from luscious and exotic sweet wines, to grippy reds, champagne ...