Due to the richness and quality of local products, the region of Loire is also known as the “garden of France”.
A special mention goes to wines, produced from local grapes. The most famous red wines are Chinon, Bourgueil, Touraine and Valencay, while among the white wines stand out the Cheverny, Sancerre and Vouvray. A fascinating itinerary has been created to accompany visitors and wine lovers in the discovery of the local wines: the “Wine route” is a long itinerary winding through the most precious vineyards of the Valley. From St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil to Chambord, from
Chinon to Selles-sur-Cher, from Vendome to Chateau-du-Loir, the route combines the tasting of local wines with the discovery of the romantic countryside and landscape. For further info visit: www.vinsdeloire.fr
Another typical local specialty is cheese. The popular goat cheese “Crottin de Chavignol”, the “Pouligny St. Pierre”, with a vaguely hazelnut-like taste, and the seasoned “Saint Maure du Touraine”, are the most characteristic. The tasty local products can be purchased directly from the farms and dairies which are spread throughout the region.
As for cakes, the first place in terms of exquisiteness goes to the “tarte tatin”, the famous apple pie which is served upside down and accompanied with cream. The pie is good either as a snack and a dessert after a meal, ideally accompanied with a glass of Muscadet.