What is Loire Valley?

  • (noun): The valley of the Loire River where many French wines originated.

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire, ), spanning 280 kilometres (170 mi), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Its area comprises about 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river. Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period. In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.

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Loire Valley - Architecture
... The architectural heritage in the valley's historic towns is notable, especially its châteaux, such as the Château d'Amboise, Château de Chambord, Château de Chinon, Château ... Their presence in the lush, fertile valley began attracting the very best landscape designers ...
Loire Valley (wine)
... The Loire Valley wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre ... The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted above ... With Crémant production throughout the Loire, it is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne ...
Loire Valley (wine) - Wine Regions
... The Loire Valley is often divided into three sections ... The Upper Loire includes the Sauvignon blanc dominated areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé ... The Middle Loire is dominated by more Chenin blanc and Cabernet franc wines found in the regions around Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray ...
Loire - History - 1600–present
... were being carried annually in the Lower Loire and 37,000 in the Upper Loire ... The opening of the Canal latéral à la Loire in 1838 enabled navigation between Digoin and Briare to continue, but the river level crossing at Briare remained a problem ... in 1971 but still provides navigation further up the Loire valley to Digoin ...

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    How old the world is! I walk between two eternities.... What is my fleeting existence in comparison with that decaying rock, that valley digging its channel ever deeper, that forest that is tottering and those great masses above my head about to fall? I see the marble of tombs crumbling into dust; and yet I don’t want to die!
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