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The appellation for red, rosé and white wines is after the town of the same name on the lower one Loire in the west of France named in the department of Maine-et-Loire. It lies between the appellations Anjou (with very similar wines) and Touraine, Saumur is the sparkling wine production center on and after the Loire the largest sparkling wine producing area in France. Saumur is also a leader in the production and processing of mushrooms and also plays an important role in horticulture. Around 40% of the rose bushes produced in France come from this region. On top of the hill on top of the city stands a castle made of tuff, which was built in the 14th century and is considered the most beautiful Loire castle. It is used by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Sacavins for their ceremonies and events.
The vineyards cover around 2,800 hectares of vineyards in 36 municipalities on the slopes of the Loire and its tributary Thouet. The red wines and white wines can under AOC Saumur or Anjou are produced (but not the other way round). The white wines are at least 80% Chenin Blanc (here Pineau de la Loire), as well Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc produced. The best locations are those from the municipalities of Brézé and Turquant.
The red wines are mainly made from Cabernet Franc (here Breton) with shares of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pineau d'Aunis vinified. The best locations are those from the municipalities of Montreuil-Bellay, Puy-Notre-Dame and Tourtenay. The rosé wines are produced under AOC Anjou Rosé and Cabernet de Saumur .
The AOC Saumur Mousseux and Saumur Pétillant apply to sparkling wines. The white ones are made from Chenin Blanc as well as portions of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the rose ones from Cabernet varieties. Sparkling wines can also under AOC Crémant de Loire be generated.
The AOC Saumur-Champigny vineyards cover almost 1,500 hectares in nine municipalities. The red wine is mainly obtained from Cabernet Franc and is known as the "Beaujolais of the Loire". The AOC Coteaux de Saumur , which covers only 15 hectares, applies to Chenin Blanc white wines.
Well-known producers in the Saumur area Bouvet Ladubay, Domaine de Filliatreau, Gratien & Meyer, Château du Hureau, Domaine Langlois-Château, Domaine Legrand, Domaine Nerleux, Domaine de la Petite Chapelle, Domaine des Roches Neuves, Domaine de Sain-Just, Les Vignerons de Saumur, Château de Villeneuve.