The Loire Valley wine growing region is one of the largest wine growing regions in France with its 70,000 hectares of vines that run along the Loire River and its tributaries. The climate is mainly oceanic with mild winters, often early springs and very wet autumns.Loire Valley wines cover a wide spectrum: dry, medium-dry and sweet white wines, red, rosé and sparkling wines. The wine growing region has 6 sub-regions with very different terroirs.Chenin and Sauvignon are the favourite grape varieties for Loire white wines along with Gamay, Cabernet-Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir for its red wines. The Loire Valley is also famous for its sparkling wines.