The Loire Valley known as “the Garden of France” is a fertile region where a rich farmland stretches on both sides of the Loire river, growing lots of veggies and fruits (apple, pears, berries, etc.). It’s also well known for its mushrooms caves, its forest full of game (fall season), its ponds and river for freshwater fish, etc. Many desserts have been created in the Loire Valley such as Tarte Tatin – this delicious upside-down caramelized applet art – Cremet d’Anjou – a mix of whipped cream, whipped cottage cheese and whisked egg whites – Pithiviers – a puff pastry pie filled with almond cream… Loire Valley is also reputed for the goat cheese taking the names of villages where it’s from : Selles-sur-Cher, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, Valençay, Chavignol. These mild cheese are exquisite with a dry white wine from the region.
Loire Valley is a reputed wine region whose varied soil and climate give definitive expression of popular wine grapes such as Sauvignon, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. Vineyards are divided into five areas including Touraine with its own wines and varietals. Loire Valley is France’s 3rd largest region in terms of production, and the vineyards is the 4th largest one in the country. 63 appellations (AOC) are listed for 400 millions bottles.