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Loire Valley Wineries

Alphonse Mellot

The road to the village of Sancerre is lined with wine producers, but one of the absolute best has a friendly shop on the town square – where they will insist you taste everything that hasn’t already sold out. Try the flinty, world-class sauvignon blancs and light pinot noirs.

, 011-33-2-4854-0741, www.mellot.com
Tags: winery | culture | wine tasting

Château de la Grille

A fine producer in a spectacular setting, Château de la Grille is easy to find on the road above Chinon. Locals swear they can detect an aroma of violets in their versatile cabernet franc reds.

Route de Huismes, 011-33-2-4793-0195, www.chateau-de-la-grille.com
Tags: winery | culture | wine tasting

Daniel Jarry

Typical of many small French producers, the Daniel Jarry winery looks unimposing but creates a range of excellent wines. The winemaker himself, if available, will guide your tasting and perhaps offer a tour of the cellars. Try one of the off-dry vouvrays, which are especially versatile with food.

99 rue de la Vallée Coquette, 011-33-2-47-52-78-75
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Domaine Cady

Head to this smallish winery for a taste of Coteaux du Layon, a sweet chenin blanc with a complex flavor and a 1,500-year history.

, 011-33-2-4178-3369
Tags: winery | culture | history | wine tasting

Marchand Eric et Pascal

Among the Loire's best whites are the distinctive, smoky sauvignon blancs produced at Marchand Eric et Pascal.

8 et 9, Rue des Pressoirs, Les Loges, 011-33-3-8639-1461, www.pouilly-fume.com
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Michel Petiteau

A warm welcome awaits at this winery specializing in Muscadet, a coastal white varietal that goes perfect with shellfish.

451 La Chalousière, 011-33-2-4036-2015, www.domaine-chalousiere.com
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Pierre-Jacques Druet

Head to this friendly winery to try the excellent bourgueil, a red made from cabernet franc (a spicier cousin to cabernet sauvignon) that includes a hint of bell pepper.

Le Pied Fourrier, 011-33-2-4797-3734
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