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Vineyards with the Touraine appellation

Red, white, sparkling, rosé... Discover the many wines of the AOC Touraine, whose vineyards cover more than 4,400 hectares near the Loire and its tributaries. The appellation includes six AOCs for six geographic areas: Touraine-Amboise, Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau, Touraine-Mesland, Touraine Noble-Joué, Touraine-Chenonceau and Touraine-Oisly.
 

The Touraine-Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau wines: surrounded by castles


The Touraine-Amboise vineyards on either side of the Loire encircle the Château of Amboise. Its wines are fruity and for the most part red and made from Gamay, but there are also a number of semi-dry or sweet honey-tasting whites. For example, try François Ier, a blend of Cabernet, Gamay and Côt.

The Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau area stretches out over the slopes of the Indre and the Loire, near their confluence and the charming Château of Azay-le-Rideau. While its pale rosé wines are made mainly from Grolleau grapes, its crystalline white wines are produced exclusively from Chenin.

Near the famous Château of Chenonceau, Sauvignon is king for the making of white Touraine-Chenonceau wines. The reds are made from Cabernet Franc or Côt. Set high on the hillsides, the vineyards overlook the Cher from both banks.

Nearby, do not miss the Château of Montpoupon, the Château of Le Gué Péan, and the donjon of Montrichard.

Touraine-Mesland, Touraine-Noble-Joué, Touraine-Oisly: exquisite Touraine wines


Not far from Blois, on the right bank of the Loire opposite the Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire, the AOC Touraine-Mesland offers different wines: red, rosés (Gris de Touraine-Mesland) and white. A ruby colour, the reds are in the majority, and are appreciated for their fine tannins, the result of a blend of Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Côt. It was here that the Gamay grape variety was first introduced by the monks of Marmoutier monastery, founded by Saint Martin in the 4th century, before the vine was commonly grown throughout the region.

Noble-Joué is the smallest appellation of Touraine, and lies between the Indre and Cher rivers over an area of just 30 hectares. A vin gris, this pale pink wine with grey reflections comes from three grape varieties (Pinot gris, Pinot noir and Meunier). This is a mini wine-growing district born of a small group of winegrowers who are very attached to their terroir.

The home of the Sauvignon grape variety, the village of Oisly contains part of the Touraine-Oisly wine-growing region. Its fine white wines reflect an unchanged wine tradition and owe their exquisite tastes of fruit and flowers to the clay and sandy soils of Sologne, not far from the famous Châteaux of Cheverny and of Beauregard...