The Appellation Touraine

The Loire Valley is considered as the most beautiful wine-country in France.
Vines were already grown there when the Romans invaded the region, but the wine was not really important.
The legend goes that Saint Patrick was the first to produce wine in Touraine. That was in 380.
What a marvellous region Touraine is! It offers the most steady climate ever; it is a real garden with fertile soils, made of plateaux, hillsides and alluvial terraces.
No wonder the Kings loved it: all the famous Loire Castles are in Touraine!

Some figures...
In 1935 a decree created the "Appellations d'origine contrôlée". The Appellation Touraine Contrôlée was recognised in 1939. The vineyards stretch on 5.500 ha, on 2 regions: 75% in Loir et Cher, 25% in Indre et Loire.

A rich variety of soils:
- Clayey-siliceous soils known as perruches
- Sands on clay-with-flints
- Sands on Sologne clay
- Some chalky soils known as tufa .

Climate:
It is more or less oceanic according to the width of the Loire and the Cher valleys. The plateaux area of Sologne vine-growing region is influenced by a more continental climate.

Grape-varieties grown on the estate:
- White: mainly Sauvignon, but Chenin which is grown on the western part of the
appellation, must not be forgotten.
- Red: Gamay, often used alone, represents 60% of the production. Cabernet, Côt and Pinot Noir are added to it for blending..

Production:
Around 300 000 hl of vins products.
- 145 000 hl on Red.
- 110 000 hl on white.
- 20 000 hl in Rosé.
- 25 000 hl in Effervescent.

Marketing:
- Sale by wine-merchants: 50%
- Sale in cooperatives: 10%
- Sale by vine-growers: 40%
- Sale at export: 10%

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  • La cave
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