From the elegance of Sancerre to the crispness of Pouilly-Fume and the minerality of muscadet, the majestic Loire Valley stretches 400 miles along the River Loire from central France to the west coast.
Known as the ‘Garden of France’, the rolling green hills of this vast region are blanketed with vines and the variations in soil and climate produce a wide range of styles, especially its food-friendly whites.
Indeed, the Loire Valley vineyards are home to hundreds of fairytale chateaux and castles and its picturesque wine tours and tastings, paired with exquisite French cuisine, offer wine lovers an unforgettable experience.
Close to the Atlantic coast, Pays Nantais is the Loire’s largest appellation, and Sevre-et-Main the best district for this minerally, dry white wine.
Try Taste the Difference Muscadet De Sevre et Main Sur Lie 2010 (£6.99, Sainsbury’s) which is bottled straight off the lees to give it some extra weight and brilliant freshness - a superb match with shellfish.