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Touraine Wine Region

Browse the Wines from the heart of Loire Valley

Touraine, a wine district, which is located in the heart of the Loire Valley wine region, has few of the most diverse vine plantings in the whole Loire.

This is a huge wine region where you can find most of the most popular Châteaux de la Loire.

This is an AOC wine region and is producing all kinds of wines. Personally, I would say that the region is home to the best white wine appellations of the Loire Valley wine region.

Wine grape varieties

Don’t you want to know more and more about the wines from this famous wine district? Read on…

Location and Geography of Touraine Wine District

So, where exactly is Touraine located? I would put it in simple terms here. The commercial centre of the district, the city of Tours, is located half-way between the Sancerre and the Nantes.

The district is found to be following the Loire River for about 100 kilometres from Blois in the eastern side to Chinon and Bourgueil in the western side.

The Touraine is found to be 226 kilometres away from the giant Atlantic Ocean and at about the same distance away from the Massif Central hills.

Due to this placement of Touraine, the climatic conditions of the region are found to be lying between the maritime and continental conditions.

However, the climatic conditions are found to be varying between the eastern and western sides of the district. In the eastern edge, the climate is found to be colder and drier during winters whereas, on the western side, they are wetter and temperate.

During the summers, the vineyards of Touraine are found to be cooled by the slow-moving Loire River.

All across the Touraine wine district, the better vineyards are found to be planted on the free-draining soils that are richer in Tuffeau. What is Tuffeau? This is the calcareous rock for which the Loire is more famous for.

A Detailed Look at the Touraine AOC

The Touraine district is found to be having its own generic AOC that is covering the whole district. Under this AOC are produced the dry white wines and the red wines that are rich in tannin levels.

Rosé wines are also being produced under this AOC designation. Each of these colour wines is coming in their sparkling variants too.

The vineyard area of this generic AOC is found to be as same as the total vineyard area of the district itself with more than 5,300 hectares. Thus, this covers a total number of 70 communes.

This is not the only AOC of the Touraine wine district, but there are some other local AOCs that are producing more specific wines in terms of both the location and styles. The more specific AOC appellations of the

Touraine wine district

  • Touraine-Amboise
  • Touraine Mesland
  • Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
  • Bourgueil
  • Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
  • Chinon
  • Vouvray
  • Montlouis

Grape Varieties and Winemaking in Touraine Wine District

The major grape varieties of this region are as follows:


  • Chenin blanc
  • Sauvignon blanc
  • Arbois
  • Chardonnay


  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Côt
  • Pinot noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Pinot gris
  • Pineau dAunis
  • Gamay
  • Grolleau Noir

The white wines of Touraine are found to be brighter and pale straw yellow in colours. They come with intense aromas of honey and tropical fruits along with the hints of herbs.

On the other hand, the red wines are found to be ruby-red coloured with notes of plums and cherries. Finally, rosé wines are found to be pale salmon pink in colour with the notes of strawberry and herbs.

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Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam


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