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Val de Loire IGP

Description to Val de Loire IGP

One of the six major regional IGP areas for the production of local wines in France. The other five are Atlantique, Comtés Rhodaniens, Comté Tolosan, Méditerranée and Pays d'Oc. It covers the entire Loire wine growing region along the river and ten tributaries. Until 2007, the former Vin de pays area was called Jardin de la France, in German "Garten Frankreichs" (Garden of France), referring to the beautiful landscape along the river with its many picturesque Loire castles. The vineyards cover around 70,000 hectares of vines. There are over 30 AOC areas in this large area.

Rebflächen im Dépertement Loir-et-Cher

The IGP designation Val de Loire can be supplemented by the names of the 14 départements, which correspond to narrower geographical designations. These are Allier, Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir et-Cher, Loire-Atlantique, Loiret, Maine-et-Loire, Marches de Bretagne, Nièvre, Pays de Retz, Sarthe, Vendée and Vienne. Other independent IGP areas are Coteaux de Tannay and Coteaux du Cher et de l'Arnon.

The red wines, rosé wines and gris de gris account for about 60% of production. They are mainly made from the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau Noir and Pineau d'Aunis. The main white wine varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Grolleau Gris and Folle Blanche.

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