The Loire Valley
At the western end of the Loire Valley, where the river meets the ocean, you'll find the region known as Muscadet. The wines produced here are known for their minerality, salinity, low alcohol, and the light and crisp flavors that make them an ideal pairing for local seafood. The largest and most famous appellation within Muscadet is Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine. This appellation is named for the two rivers that run through it: the Sèvre and the Maine. Soil is the defining characteristic of Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine: sand, limestone and schist dominate the landscape.