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The municipal appellation is located in the southwest of the area Touraine in the French winegrowing region Loire, It is named after the medieval town of the same name. Above Chinon, on a promontory, was a castle on which Joan of Arc (1412-1431) met King Charles VII (1422-1461) for the first time in 1429. A white wine from the Chenin Blanc variety was already favorite wine of the famous Franciscan monk and poet François Rabelais (1495-1553). He bluntly 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 mostly matured in oak red wine is made from Cabernet Franc (here Breton) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10% max). 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 Porter, Couly-Dutheil, Château de la Grille, Charles Joguet, Jean-Maurice Raffault and Domaine du Raffault.