AOP and IGP list
'Appellation d’origine protégée’ (AOP) means ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ (PDO) and is a European classification designed to highlight the unique character of wines made within a specific geographic area, from one or several grape varieties and according to regulated local winemaking techniques.
There are also wines with a label IGP translate by Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), an official European classification used to denote quality and provenance, are guaranteed to originate wholly and exclusively from a single specified region.
Count 60 appellations AOP and 4 IGP areas in Loire Valley. The IGP ‘Val de Loire’ is the most important.
• Anjou Gamay
• Anjou villages
• Rosé d'Anjou
• Cabernet 'Anjou
• Coteaux de l'Aubance
• Anjou-Coteaux de Loire
• Savennières-Coulée de Serrant
• Savennières-Roche aux Moines
• Coteaux du Layon
• Quarts deChaume
• Cabernet de Saumur
• Coteau de Saumur
• Anjou villages Brissac
2 appellations + 4 IGP
• IGP Val de Loire
• IGP Côte de la Charité
• IGP Côteaux de Tannay
• IGP Côteaux du Cher et de l’Arnon
Chambre d'agriculture des Pays de la Loire
9 rue André Brouard
DEV'UP Centre Val de Loire
Development agency for Centre Val de Loire region
6 rue Carbone
The Loire Valley is classified from Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire (FRANCE).
Although it was the Romans that planted the first vines along the French Atlantic coast, the Loire Valley vineyards owe their development and diversity to the princes and prelates of the kings of France.
In the fourth and fifth centuries, it was these churchmen that cultivated the vines. At the time, the Loire offered a perfect means of transportation; it facilitated trade between the various river ports and was thus a key factor in the development of the vineyards.
In the late nineteenth century, the vineyards of the Loire Valley, like most of the world’s viticultural regions, were struck by the phylloxera crisis and the majority of the vines in the area were destroyed. Subsequently, the old grape varieties were grafted to more resistant vine stocks and today they are able to produce highly renowned appellation wines.