During the Renaissance, the Loire was known as “the Valley of the kings” for its magnificent châteaux scattered along the river. Today, while it is one of France’s most significant agricultural regions, the Loire is better known as “the Garden of France.” And small wonder. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Saone River, its serene medieval towns dot the riverbanks, separated by gorgeous fields, iconic castles and vineyards. But below the surface of the region’s cultural landmarks lies its most precious resource: it’s diverse terroirs. Some sandy, others alluvial and clayey and others bright and chalky, the Loire’s soils allow a cornucopia of grape varietals to flourish, including Melon de Bourgogne, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc among many others. What’s more, each vineyard area boasts a unique microclimate, offering growers the possibilities to make still, sweet and sparkling wines. For those looking for high-acid, low-alcohol wines, the Loire Valley knows few equals. With these wines, you can eat, drink and be merry!