Vouvray and Touraine wines
Vouvray and Touraine
Winemakers in the region built underground wine caves out of limestone, as in the Champagne region and Saint Emilion, in order to store wine at an ideal temperature and humidity.
The region around Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire and Touraine has some of the most diverse plantings of all the Loire region and makes a wide variety of white, red and rosé wines. For white wines the main grape is Chenin blanc but Sauvignon blanc and (to a smaller extent) Chardonnay is also planted. For red wines the main grape is Cabernet franc with some smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Malbec. The rosé wines are made from an assortment of Gamay, Pineau d'aunis, Pinot gris and Pinot noir. The villages of Vouvray and Montlouis are the largest appellations in the region and make only white wines from Chenin blanc. The wines can vary in sweetness from bone dry (often appearing as sec on the wine label) to very sweet moelleux wines that are often infected by noble rot. The best vintages of the 20th century are 1924, 1947, 1959.
One of our wine makers partner in Vouvray: You will be welcomed to Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its actual owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is a specialist in mature Vouvray wines. After the tour of the 15th century caves you can participate in a wine tasting of dry, medium dry, sweet and sparkling Vouvray. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1952 to the present. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral rich wine with a high acidity level witch gives the wine a great aging capacity.