The Loire Valley was a frontier zone during the Hundred Years' War and the scene of many confrontations between French and English The castles were rebuilt and extended to become massive fortresses, the forerunners of the chateaux of today The ever-present danger to Paris from the English during the war resulted in the royal court spending long periods at Tours With the end of the war in the mid-15th century the valley was an ideal place for humanism and the Renaissance to take root in France.

This involved inter alia the dismantling of the massive medieval fortresses and their reconstruction as palaces for pleasure and recreation The Loire Valley is the heart of France, famous for its natural beauty, magnificent châteaux and great wine The region is rich in history and culture: Renaissance writer Rabelais was born here; Joan of Arc led French troops to victory in the Hundred Years’ War in the Loire; and, as the Cradle of the French Language, its residents speak the purest French  The Loire Valley is France's most diverse wine region, producing exemplary wines in every style.

Popularity of Loire Valley wines with sommeliers and wine writers has been growing steadily for the last ten years because for all their variety, Loire Valley wines share important characteristics that make them perfect for contemporary taste.