The Anjou Saumur region of the Loire Valley was typically known for its inexpensive light white and rose wines. In recent years however smaller appellations with a focus on premium quality have emerged, such as prestige Chenin Blanc from Savennières and exciting expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Saumur-Champigny.
Touraine sits at the heart of the Loire Valley, close to the city of Tours. The area is home to a diverse collection of fascinating wine terroirs including the increasingly trendy Chinon, produced from Cabernet Franc. Alongside Chenin Blanc grown in the village of Vouvray, a classic name in France’s white wine history, Sauvignon Blanc has become synonymous with Touraine and is often extremely good value.