The wines of Vouvray!

And as we are in Summer and very very hot in my belle France lets talk of refreshing wines. There is a huge selection here and over the years I have narrowed it down to a select few regions and producers.  In my road warrior days in the Touraine I have been by Vouvray an exquisite wine indeed.

I like to tell you a bit more on the wines of Vouvray. Here is my brief on it.

The region of Touraine is a sub region of the Loire valley and has a large known production of Pétillant and Sparklers call Mousseux done in red, white ,and rosé as well. The names are Vouvray, Vouvray Mousseux, and Vouvray Pétillant. I like them all!

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Vouvray is a white wine of AOC status produced around Vouvray, in the department 37 of   Indre-et-Loire in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It exists above all in still wine and also in sparkling wine AOC Vouvray Mousseux, AOC Vouvray Pétillant. This vineyard is located on the right bank of the Loire river, in the middle of Touraine, east of  the city of Tours. The Vouvray appellation area covers eight towns in the   Indre-et-Loire such as Vouvray, and   the neighboring towns of Chançay, Noizay, Reugny, Rochecorbon, Sainte-Radegonde-en-Touraine (attached to Tours in 1964), Vernou-sur-Brenne , and part of Parçay-Meslay. The Vouvray vineyard was created by the monks of the Marmoutier monastery founded in 372 by Saint. Martin. During the 14C part of the wine-growing terroir of Vouvray belonged to the kings of France who made these wines serve at their table.

The AOC Vouvray was recognized by a decree of the INAO (national body that regulates the wine industry in France) in 1936 . It was a Champagne gentlement, Mr. Maurice Hamm, whose family was a native of the village of Aÿ in the vineyards of Champagne area in the department 51 of the Marne, which, before WWII, brought the Champagne method of winemaking to Vouvray. He made the still white wine from Vouvray, a world-renowned sparkling wine. The use of the Chenin as main varietal and that of Orbois (also called “menu pineau “) in accessory variety. However, it seems that the Orbois intervenes only exceptionally today in the composition of Vouvray wines.

Still white wine can be drunk in its early youth. Preserved for a few years, it will give off aromas of coing and acacia. Vinified in sparkling, the Vouvray expresses the typicality of its terroir by its lightness and finesse. A less advanced foam intake gives a pétillant wine, a local specialty. These effervescent undergo a second fermentation in the bottle. Before being marketed, these wines must lie on slats for at least twelve months The white wines of Vouvray can accompany: appetizers, cold cuts, crustaceans, fried small fish, cheeses, seafood, cakes, fish in sauce or grilled, white meats in sauce, grilled or roasted, poultry in sauce or grilled. There are many family and independent vineyards, the average structure of the farms is 16 hectares.

The best in my opinion and had a few over the years are the

Domaine Huet, L’Échansonne ,Domaine du Clos Naudin, of Philippe Foreau , Domaine des Aubuisières , Caves Rougebec (purchase at Cave de Vouvray), and the Cooperative Cave of Vouvray. Here you can buy from all properties at their store. The Coop is very convenient because in addition to their wines you can buy the wines of others in the area and load up home like we do!!! the coop Cellars of Vouvray webpage is here: Cave de Vouvray

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Some other webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The wines of Vouvray

The wines of the Val de Loire on Vouvray

Tourist office of Montlouis, Vouvray on wineries of Vouvray

Therefore, you are now armed and dangerous to be knowledable on the wines of Vouvray and do enjoy them , they are sublime. Especially in this Summer heat going on in my belle France nowdays.

And remember, happy travels  ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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