Though surrounded by Burgundy’s great vineyards, I also have a favourite from the Loire Valley. Taste it and discover its vineyards on a campervan holiday.
Being based in Burgundy, one of the world’s most famous wine regions, I tend to write about Burgundian wines pretty relentlessly but for the first seven years of my life in France, I lived in the Upper Loire region and discovered some spectacularly good white wines there too. Here is one of my firm favourites:
- Wine: Pouilly Fumé
- Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
- Region: Loire Valley
- Fabulous with: Fish, goats cheese, white meat (and I think great as an aperitif with cheese straws!)
- Expect to pay: €8 to €25 per bottle
Pouilly Fumé comes from the eastern edge of the Loire Valley on the opposite bank to it’s even more renowned cousin, Sancerre.
The vintage pictured above comes from the vineyards of Sébastien Treuillet, a former cereal grower turned winemaker – I really like the intense, dry, citrus flavour.
Henri Bourgeois is another excellent producer, but come to think of it, I don’t ever remember finding a bad producer of Pouilly Fumé – the strict appellation rules just don’t allow it!
Learn more about this delicious Loire Valley wine and find a list of other producers on the Pouilly Fumé A.O.C. official website.
As this wine region is really pretty, and just an hour and 40 minutes from our depot, it makes a great starting point for exploring the Loire Valley by campervan. You can even spend the night in your campervan – free of charge – on a wine maker’s land or at a cheese producer’s farm. Read more about the Loire Valley wines and download their road maps here.
Here are some more of my wine blogs and a tweet too:
- Our Top Ten French Wines on a Beer Budget
- Languedoc wines, ever increasing quality at really low prices
- Discover France’s Champagne Region
— FranceMotorhomeHire (@FranceMotorhome) April 29, 2016