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The name derives from the historical province of France named after the capital of Orléans. In the Middle Ages this was an important winegrowing area. It was part of the French royal domain, so the French royal house and the city of Paris supplied wine from there. The wine transport to the capital has been favored by the short distance (130 km) and by a continuous paved road. According to legend, King estimated Henry IV (1553-1610) the Orléanais wines in excess. Under Louis XIII. (1601-1643), however, the wine from Orléans was gradually abandoned. After the French Revolution, the province was dissolved and divided into the Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, and in part also Eure-et-Loir and Yonne. The former VDQS area Orléanais (also Vins de l'Orléanais) was divided in 2002 into two areas, which were then classified in 2006 as AOC. These are Orleans and Orléans-Clery,

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