The regional appellation in the western section of the winegrowing region Loire respectively on the left bank of this river includes around 220 communities around the city of Angers. The former VDQS area Vins du Thouarsais was integrated in 2011. Here are produced under many AOC designations red, rosé, white and sparkling wines. The wines from here were already appreciated in the Middle Ages, but then dominated white wines. The vineyards cover about 12,000 hectares of vineyards. The much smaller appellation Saumur lies to the east, whose very similar wines can also be marketed as Anjou (but not vice versa).
About half of the production is dominated by dry to sweet and young to drink Rosé, These are mainly made under AOC Rosé d'Anjou (or Anjou Rosé) Grolleau Noir (here Groslot) with shares of Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Pineau d'Aunis. Gamay and Malbec ( Cot ) blended. Another rosé is produced under AOC Cabernet d'Anjou from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
AOC Anjou produces red and white wines as well as rosé wines. The white wines are out Chenin Blanc (at least 80%), Chardonnay (maximum 20%) and Sauvignon Blanc blended. The red wines are made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d'Aunis. Another red wine out Gamay is produced under AOC Anjou Gamay . A rarely used AOC is Anjou Coteaux de la Loire west of the city of Angers, which is considered white wines from Chenin Blanc. Red wines made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced under the AOC Anjou-Villages . The municipality of Brissac with nine other surrounding communities was taken out of 1986 and created its own AOC Anjou-Villages-Brissac .
Sparkling wines and white and rosé sparkling wines are produced under the AOC designations Anjou Mousseux and Anjou Pétillant . The whites of Chenin Blanc (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Gamay, Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis, as well as the rosé of the same varieties except Chenin Blanc. Well-known producers in the whole area are among others Château de Tigné, Château Pierre Bise, Château la Varière, Domaine de Bablut, Domaine des Baumard, Domaine de Gatines, Domaine Les Grandes Vignes - Vaillant, Domaine Ogereau, Domaine Philippe Delesvaux and Domaine Richou. As enclaves in the Anjou area there are the appellations Bonnezeaux. Coteaux de l'Aubance. Coteaux du Layon. Quarts de Chaume and Savennières,