Vouvray wine appellation in the Loire region of France

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Vouvray wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Vouvray is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley region of France which was one of the first established having been created in 1936. It is most famous for the production of crisp, full bodied white wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape. These wines are famous for being long-lived and prime examples of the expression of Chenin Blanc. The plantings of this grape within this appellation are some of the most extensive in France. A secondary grape variety called Orbois Blanc is permitted provided no more than 5% is used.
However, sparkling wines are also produced here as well as a slightly sweet still wine.
The appellation covers eight communes of the right bank of the Loire near the village of Vouvray. They are: Chançay, Noizay, Parçay-Meslay, Reugny, Rochecorbon, Tours, Vernou-sur-Brenne and Vouvray. Old, used barrels are the norm here.
Because of the geographic position of these communes, the harvest is always very late, often extending into late October and early November. Very little use is made of modern wine making techniques such as maturing is new oak.
The village of Vouvray and some interesting information about the wine appellation are included in the book entitled The most beautiful Wine Villages of France which you can order from Amazon.com by clicking on the link below.

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