Thanks to a favourable climate which allows vineyards to thrive, the Poitou-Charentes region can boast having high-quality vineyards. However the production of local wine is not the main activity of this area which is more used to produce liqueur like Cognac which is the local speciality.
Fine wines from Poitou-Charentes are:
- Vins de Pays Charentais
- Vins des Deux Sèvres
- Vins Saumur de la Vienne
- Vins de Haut Poitou
- Vins du Thouarsais
Top Tip! Under the “Vins de Pays Charentais” name, you will find some really tasty, mild and fine French wines, renowned for their harmony with all kinds of meat. There are red, rosé and white Poitou-Charentes wines as well.
Usually the most renowned ones are wines of Haut Poitou, produced with Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Gamay as well as Cabernet will elegantly accompany your cooking.
- The Vins des deux Sèvres French wines are produced from Chenin Blanc or Pineau de Loire (white wines), Cabernet franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Pineau d’Aunis (Rosé and Red wines).
- The Vins du Thouarsais wines produce more white wines from Chenin Blanc than other wines even if you can find some red wines like cabernet and Gamay.
- Vins Saumur de la Vienne are issued from few varietals like Chenin blanc for the white wine and Cabernet Franc as well as Cabernet Sauvignon for the red and rosé wines.
These wines are really appreciated for their light body. Particularly fresh, you will savour their vivacity when consumed with red meats or fishes.
Generally, we can say that the wines provided by this region are quite fresh and tasty. These light-bodied wines are really easy to digest and will find a harmony with any kind of dishes by reinforcing its taste.
But if you come over this sunny French region and ask for traditional produce, then you will be able to sip the amazing Pineau des Charentes as well as the Cognac and Armagnac wines, some of the best jewels of Poitou Charentes.