On the eastern end of the Loire Valley sit the two communes of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume where arguably the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world is produced. For many, this is the true home for this grape. Among all of the regions of the Loire utilizing this grape, the reputations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume have proved their worth.
Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire (where Pouilly-Fume is made) sit on opposite sides of the Loire River, only separated by the river, with the hilltop town of Sancerre at just 16 km northwest of Pouilly-sur-Loire.
Located in the geographic centre of France, the Centre vineyard, the smallest section of the Val de Loire, is located on hills overlooking the Loire and Cher rivers. Most vineyards are found along the river where they take advantage of the microclimates created by these hills and valleys. The climate here can be defined as semi-continental with big temperature variations and frost is always a concern during spring.
Sauvignon Blanc for whites and Pinot Noir for reds are the principal grapes of this region. You also can find some Pinot Gris, Chasselas and Gamay varietals.