The Loire Valley is France’s most diverse wine region, producing excellent and affordable wines in every style. Although best known for crisp dry white wines, including definitive examples of Sauvignon Blanc and the unique seaside wines of Muscadet, and the rich aromatic white wines made from Chenin Blanc, the Loire Valley also produces fruity red wines from Pinot Noir and Gamay and earthy red wines from Cabernet Franc and Malbec. In addition, there are dry and off-dry rosé, elegant sparkling wines and luscious sweet wines.
The red wines of the Loire Valley range from fresh and fruity to rich and earthy, but they are never overpowering. The lighter ones can be served chilled at a summer barbecue, and the fuller bodied are excellent for companions for hearty dishes.