Val de Loire
The Val de Loire is a country wine appellation now known throughout Europe as an IGP (indication géographique protégé). It refers to wines made in the large geographic region of the Loire Valley and does not have any strict rules about grape varieties or production techniques. As such, several producers use this freedom to blend grape varieties or appellations from 14 different departments together. The production area extends eastwards for 560 kilometers from the coast at Nantes to the Auvergne hills in central France. Most wines with the Val de Loire appellation are single varietal wines and are labeled as such. They mainly use the Loire Valley grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Gamay and Cabernet Franc although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are increasingly being used.