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The Upper Loire, while not a specific AOC-defined appellation like Anjou, Muscadet and Touraine, is an unofficial wine region that contains several of the Loire's most well-known appellations. Whereas Chenin Blanc dominates the white wines of the Middle and Lower Loire regions, here Sauvignon Blanc is much more common. The wines are greener in flavor, have a sharp tang, and are known for being bitter and austere, albeit in a fresh and intriguing way.

This page simply works as a jumping off point for the Upper Loire's six appellations, two of which are quite famous and four of which are potential rising stars.