Situated to the south-east of the city of Tours in the Indre-et-Loire province at the heart of the Loire valley, Chinon is the birthplace of the philosopher and humanist François Rabelais
The designation « CHINONAOC » covers more than 2,300 hectares where around 200 winemakers produce wines: red, rosé and white.
The vineyards appear on different terroirs*: from steep terraces to silty-clay or chalk and clay hills.
Chinon Red and Rosé wine is primarily produced using the millennium Cabernet Franc grape vine, also called Breton. It expresses aromas of red fruits and violet. Some red wines have more tannins and are aged in oak barrels in order to better shape the style and expression of the wine. Rosé wines are elegant with very fruity aromas, and these very pleasant wines are specifically designed to be enjoyed with friends.
The White Chinon wine is an exceptional and confident wine, made with Chenin vine grapes, also called Pineau de Loire; the taste is mineral with aromas of flowers.
The Chinon vineyard has been validated as AOC** (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) since 1937, it is full of passion and tradition. It expresses not only the geological history of the soil and the type of weather but also the winemaker’s oenological know-how.
* Terroir is the set of all environmental factors that affect a crop’s phenotype, including unique environmental contexts, farming practices and a crop’s specific growth habitat.
** The AOC controlled geographical classification guarantees that the production fits with official standards.