This is a story about the revival of Poiré (pear cider) in an area that few people remember it being produced. If you say French cider then it is likely you are talking about a cider from Normandy. However 200 years ago the area of the Loire Valley around the […]
The Loire River rises in the mountains to the south-west of Valence, travels north to around Sancerre and then turns west to spill into the Bay of Biscay near the city of Nantes.
This is a very diverse region were there are many different wine appellations including such famous ones as Sancerre, Jasnieres, Muscadet, Anjou and Coteaux du Layon among others.
Pineau d’Aunis is one of those grape varieties that some people decry but others are passionately devoted to, including us. Our considered opinion is that there are absolutely no inferior grape varieties – there are just inferior wine makers. There is always a winemaker who can make a great wine […]
Francois and Pascaline Plouzeau maintain an immaculate vineyard near the village of Richelieu which lies south of Tours quite close to the Chinon region.
Vincent and Tania Careme make exceptional Vouvray wines from their plots of Chenin Blanc situated around the town of Verou.
Jean-Pierre Robinot makes superlative wines from Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis in the Loire Valley that are truly transendental and long-lasting.
Jacques Fevrier is a young winemaker in the village of Oudon in the Loire Valley. He makes beautiful white wines and light red wines without the addition of sulphites.
Pascal Potaire and his business partner Moses Gadouche from Les Capriades are responsible for some of the most elegant and precise Pétillant Naturels in France.
Laurent Lebled makes amazing wines near the town of Chinon in the Loire Valley from Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Agnes and Jacques from la Paonnerie which is in the Loire Valley near the town of Ancenis are passionate about producing wines without the addition of sulphur to ensure that the wines retain their life and their vibrancy.
Hervé Villemade’s estate can be found quite close to the village of Cellettes which is north east of the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. Here Hervé and his sister Isabelle produce exciting natural wines from a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Malbec (called Côt in the […]