The Wines from Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire and Touraine

The vine growers of this area built magnificent troglodyte caves in the limestone, similar to the Champagne and Saint-Emilion ones that were used to maintain the wines in perfect temperature and moisture conditions. Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire are among the most diversified vineyards for the production of red, white and rosé wines. White wines are mainly made from Chenin blanc, but also from Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay. For reds, Cabernet franc dominates, followed by Cabernet sauvignon, Gamay and Malbec. The rosé wines are blended from Gamay, Pineau-d’Aunis and Pinot noir.

Vouvray and Montlouis produce most of the Chenin blanc wines from the Loire Valley, in dry, off-dry, sweet and sparkling versions. The sweet wines are made from noble rot after late harvesting. The best vintages have very long aging-potentials of more than 40 years. The sparkling wines are produced in the traditional method, where the bubbles are formed in a second fermentation in the bottle, the “prise de mousse”. Because in the 16th Century these villages were located in an area frequented by the Kings of France, we can say that they produce a Royal grape, the Chenin blanc !

What client say?

Ministère de l'intérieur - L.CH

Par le présent message et au nom de notre direction générale, je tenais tout particulièrement à vous remercier pour l’accueil qui a été réservé à notre délégation le 16 mai 2019 lors de notre visite aux Caves DUHARD. Ce déplacement au sein de votre magnifique domaine était un ravissement pour l’ensemble de nos délégués qui ont apprécié l’accueil qui leur a été réservé. Ce moment privilégié passé au sein de votre cave a concouru à véhiculer une excellente image de la France auprès de partenaires étrangers attachés à toutes ces valeurs. En vous renouvelant nos remerciements pour l’ensemble de ces attentions, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur Mineau, l’expression de ma considération distinguée.


Accueil très sympathique, expérience oenotouristique plus qu'intéressante, possibilité d acheté vins, salaisons et huiles produites dans la région.... à faire !

Very Nice

Impeccable hosting and welcoming ! Interesting visit and tpo of the notch tasting ! We recommand the detour. It was a real present...ideas for celebrations and holidays!

What a happiness !

To do absolutely, at least to know a rather rare job. The visit was nice, but the tasting was totally extraordinaire. Advice, anecdotes, good time with good wine. The Loire Wines are not the most known, and that is a shame ! The Caves Duhard should make you change your mind. Go there if only just for an hour of pure pleasure shared with passionate people !


It changes of the habitual visits. Thanks to them, I learned to taste the wine like a pro. Thank you. Very good products to taste with very pleasant persons.

Nice cave !!!

Really nice cave, really good hospitality, tasting with anecdotes on wines and its heritage!!! Really good visit.

Informed advice and nice choice of flasks

A visit of the caves followed by a wine tasting with informed advice and a little bit of cheese to munch on between each glasses. Explanations of tasting and on the aging of the wines. Nice choice of old bottles, perfect to offer oneself wines of a particular year. Reasonable rates.