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The municipal appellation is located in the southwest of the area Touraine in the French wine region Loire, It is named after the medieval town of the same name. Above Chinon was a castle on a rocky outcrop, where Joan of Arc (1412-1431) first met King Charles VII (1422-1461) in 1429. A Chenin Blanc white wine was already that favorite wine of the famous Franciscan monk and poet François Rabelais (1495–1553). He relentlessly denounced the evils in church and state in a satirical manner, his main work is the adventure novel "Gargantua and Pantagruel" (see also under Quotes ).
The terraced vineyards with gravel, sand and limestone soils cover 2,200 hectares of vineyards at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne. The red wine, which is mostly made of oak, is made from Cabernet Franc (here Breton) and Cabernet Sauvignon (max. 10%). In small quantities there is a rosé from the same varieties and a white wine from Chenin Blanc. Well-known producers are Philippe Alliet, Bernard Baudry, Domaine de Bel Air, Donatien Bahuaud, Christophe Berton, Domaine du Carroi Portier, Couly-Dutheil, Château de la Grille, Charles Joguet, Jean-Maurice Raffault and Domaine du Raffault.