France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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Foire aux Vins de Sancerre

In the Caves de la Mignonne, over the Pentecost weekend at the end of May. The Caves de la Mignonne are just outside Sancerre town and you can taste a wide selection of Sancerres plus wine from the other Central Vineyard appellations.


Fête du Vin Nouveau, Pouilly-sur-Loire

Producers of Pouilly show off their brand new wine – both Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-sur-Loire. This is a very early opportunity to get an idea of what the latest vintage is like. The festival is held in late October.


Festival of Guitar, Issoudun

A 3-day festival held each year at the end of October. A mix of blues, jazz and rock. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy live music and to eat and stay at La Cognette (see ‘Places to eat’) – early booking essential.

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