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Loire Valley: Châteaus, Goat Cheese & Sancerre

by Vinitour-Centreloire at http://winerycritic.com/loire-valley-much-more-than-chateaus/

 

 

The Loire Valley might be world famous for its renaissance history and châteaux, but being a huge fan of Sancerre it has been high on my hit list.  A few weeks ago I got the chance to visit.  Generally when people talk about Sancerre they are talking about Sauvignon Blanc, but you’ll also find some Pinot Noir grown here.  The Loire Valley as a whole is also famous for wines made from Chenin Blanc, as well as Cabernet Franc.  The history here will blow you away.  Winemaking can be traced back to the 1st Century in this region.  Like the names on the labels of most French wines, Sancerre is also a place.  And, as we discovered, it’s a picturesque village perched on a hilltop surrounded by sweeping vineyards.    The view from the village of Sancerre also includes another famous wine region – Burgundy!  Chablis is right next door.

Not knowing that much about the region (aside from loving Sancerre wines) I reached out to Laure at Vinitour Center-Loire for a half day tour.  Tapping local wine tour guides I’ve found is definitely the best way to quickly get your head around the region.