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The regional appellation in the eastern area of the middle Loire is named after the city and bishopric of Tours. It closes in the east of the area Anjou-Saumur on. Both the city and the viticulture go back to Roman times. According to a legend, the pruning invented as the donkey of the later canonized Martin of Tours eroding young vine shoots. The name derives from the Gallic tribe of the Turons. The area was called the garden of France early on and was the preferred residence of the French kings during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its numerous castles are known, such as Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Chinon, Loches and Villandry. The Château Clos Lucé (part of the Château Amboise complex) lived for three years until his death Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

Château Amboise
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The vineyards cover 5,500 hectares of vineyards on steep slopes on both sides of the Loire and the tributaries Cher, Indre and Vienne. Wines that are young to drink are produced under the simple AOC Touraine . The white wines are made Sauvignon Blanc with shares of Chenin Blanc (here Pineau de la Loire), Arbois and Chardonnay blended. The red wines and rosé wines are made Gamay (60% of the stock), Cabernet Franc (here Breton), Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec ( Cot ) Grolleau Noir and Pineau d'Aunis vinified.

There are also three community appeals with stricter regulations. The AOC Touraine-Amboise with 160 hectares in the municipality of Amboise with seven surrounding municipalities applies to white, red and rose wines. The AOC Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau with 150 hectares in eight municipalities on both banks of the Indre applies to white and rose wines. The AOC Touraine-Mesland with 200 hectares in the municipality of Mesland with five surrounding municipalities applies to white, red and rose wines. The AOC Touraine Noble-Joué with 21 hectares of vineyards, classified only in 2001, applies to Vin gris (Rosé wine) from mainly Pinot gris, such as Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, Such a wine from the area around the city of Tours was already on the court of the French King Louis XI. (1423-1483) drunk. The two AOC Touraine Mousseux and Touraine Pétillant apply to sparkling and sparkling wines.

Well-known producers are Bouvet Ladubay, Château de Chenonceau, Château Gaillard, Château de la Presle, Domaine des Corbillières, Domaine Gibault, Domaine Henri Marionnet, Domaine Jacky Marteau, Domaine Michaud, Domaine du Pre Baron and Domaine du Vieux Pressoir. Other municipal appellations are Bourgueil. Chinon. Cheverny. Coteaux du Loir. Coteaux du Vendômois. Jasnières. Montlouis-sur-Loire and Vouvray,

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