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Touraine wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Touraine is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley in France based around the city of Tours. Red, rose and white wines are produced here. The reds are usually made from Gamay and the whites from Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, however Menu Pineau (also called Arbois) is found in some fine wines made in this appellation. Recently, Chardonnay has been planted in this area but it is restricted to 20% of the blend.
Other permitted red varieties are Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Malbec (called Cot here) and Pineau d'Aunis.
There are a number of sub-appellations within which some interesting wines are produced. These include Touraine Amboise, Touraine Azay-le-Rideau, Touraine Mesland and Touraine Noble-Joue.
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