The mild microclimate of the Loire Valley and soils varying from schist to limestone make Anjou ideal for vine cultivation. In fact production boomed when the Plantagenet King Henry II of England began serving Anjou wines at court.
A custom approved by his successors!
In the lush Layon and Aubance valleys, vineyards stretch to the horizon. Morning mists and sunny days are perfect for the sweet Coteaux du Layon wines. Delightful Savennières, near Angers just north of the Loire, is famous for its dry whites.
Continuing south-east to Saumur, you can enjoy the entire palette. The white wines are dominated by the Chenin Blanc, the reds and rosés by the Cabernet franc grape. And with a lengthy second fermentation in the bottle, the traditional method sparkling wines are well worth savouring!
Whether a wine connoisseur or not, you’ll love staying in a vineyard B&B or self catering cottage also known as gîte. As you tour Anjou Loire Valley, go for a tasting in some of the exquisite wine-growing villages or châteaux! Or pop into the Wine Museum in St-Lambert-du-Lattay for an interesting insight into Anjou’s long wine history.
In Saumur, dozens of troglodyte caves, formerly quarries, are inviting wine cellars dating back to the 19th century. The Maisons des Vins de Loire offer one-stop expert advice and the chance to sample or buy. And why not join in the fun of Anjou’s delicious wine festivals?
For an unforgettable experience, try the Translayon a sporting weekend in the vineyards, or the Grandes Tablées de Saumur-Champigny, an enchanting country dinner by starlight!