The Loire River begins deep inland in France (almost near Burgundy, and flows north and then west, stretching over 650 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. It crosses a multitude of forests, rolling hills, flat plains, and rocky Jurassic formations, with a range of grapes growing on a diverse range of soils that follow its path. This results in the most diverse array of wine styles of any wine region in France.
This class reviews the main grapes and styles of the Loire sub-regions. Students will follow historical and geological influences, discover soil and weather variations and see how cultural differences throughout the region have shaped the wines. We also discuss the reasons behind (and advantages of) the dominance of organic and biodyanmic wines in the Loire. Students will be given a list of recommended wines available in key export markets.
Eight wines will be tasted alongside the classroom learning, with sparkling, whites, reds and sweet wines providing a comparison of the possibilities of this vast region.
Visitors to the Loire who enjoy the region's wines and want a deeper exploration into their the many grapes and styles.
Students will taste 8 wines.
This course requires a minimum of 6 students and can accommodate a maximum of 12.
If you have a group and are interested in hosting a private session of this course at a time that suits you, please message us.
Saturday September 16 - 10am to 1pm