Terrebrune in Anjou

Terrebrune en Anjou

The Loire Valley in Anjou owes much to the colors of the vines that bedeck the landscape. The vineyards of Anjou/Saumur run alongside the river from east to west and stretch out along its southern banks around two other rivers, the Layon and the Aubance. Covering 20,000 hectares, it is the largest vineyard in the Loire Valley.

Creating a mosaic of fields, 28 different wine labels happily rub shoulders with each other. Two grape varieties dominate the scene: Chenin for white wines like Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume, Coteaux de l’Aubance, Savennières; and Cabernet for the reds: Anjou, Saumur, Saumur-Champigny as well as for the rosés: Cabernet d’Anjou, Rosé de Loire and Rosé d’Anjou. The land here is mainly schist and clayey limestone and produces wine for special occasions, for parties, as wine that can be laid down and others to drink chilled in summer beneath a shady bough. Anjou and Saumur wines go with everything you fancy. With a glass of good wine in your hand, you relax, French comes easier to your tongue and you find yourself happily chattering away about any topic under the sun. It is a moment when friendships are made.

The legendary epithet for Anjou, mild, extols its exceptional climate. The province benefits from the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. The ensuing climate is warm (but not too warm) and pleasantly humid throughout the land. This puts Maine-et-Loire in the top twenty French departments, and number one for the northern half of the country, as far as weather and averages for sunshine, temperature and rainfall are concerned.