Chateau de Villeneuveby Family Chevallier
REGION: Loire Valley
APPELLATION: AOC Saumur
Chateau de Villeneuve has been continuously producing since 1577. Jean-Pierre Chevalier is a 4th generation viticulturist. His parents were producers in Dampierre-sur-Loirecomes and purchased this winery in 1969. The property covers 25 hectares of vineyards planted on a limestone terrace overlooking the Loire River and produces AOC Saumur and Saumur-Champigny.
The farming and winemaking are certified organic since 2011. Any SO2 additions are extremely minimal
Also known as Garden of France and Cradle of the French due to the slew of vineyards, vegetable farms, and fruit orchards in the region, the Loire Valley is right in the middle of the Loire river. The area is known for many kinds of fruity, crisp wines: rose, red, white, and sparkling.
The region’s favorable climate – often a midpoint between the southern and northern French climes – it owes to the river, which is cool in springtime and possibly rainy during harvest season. Also, the temperatures of hot summers are similarly mitigated by the river and the breezes of the Atlantic Ocean.
There are a number of wine regions similarly situated along the river Loire, such as the Atlantic’s Muscadet region, as well as Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre southeast of Orléans.
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