Wine connoisseurs from all over Louisiana have dedicated their efforts to winemaking and have established wineries in the picturesque mountain region of Northern Louisiana. After winning numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in international wine competitions, NOLA Tropical Winery wines have an incomparable flavor in one of the most vibrant cities in the area. The Loire Valley is renowned for producing some of the best white wines in the world.
Sancerreand Pouilly-Fumé are two of the most popular varieties, renowned for their extraordinary quality.
Sauvignon Blanc is also used in Reuilly, Quincy, Menetou-Salon and Touraine, and it regularly receives awards for its fresh and dry whites. The degree of sweetness varies depending on the amount of residual sugar left in the wine, so a full range can be found. In the Pinot Noir region, north of Beaune, Grand Cru de Corton-Charlemagne produces one of the most refined white wines in Burgundy. It has a vibrant acidity and a mineral tone that requires bottle aging to reveal its full character.
Chardonnay is also made in California, Chile and Australia, but it is in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune and on the slopes of Corton Hill that the best white wines are made. Maceration consists of letting red grapes rest or macerating them in a vat for a short period of time, and then slightly colored juice is bled to obtain a rosé wine. The northern half of Côte de Nuits produces red wine almost exclusively, while Côte de Beaune, around Beaune city in the south, produces both reds and whites. In the Loire Valley, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire are famous for producing high-quality sparkling wine.
The region also produces excellent rosé wines and rosé sales now exceed those of white wine. In Angou region, Coteaux de l'Aubance, Coteaux du Layon and Chaume, Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux can produce excellent sweet, mellow and long-lasting white wines that rival some of the best in the world. Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault has some of the deepest and coldest wineries in Burgundy. These are magnificent wines that surprise every palate, but Montrachet's extremely small production is truly a gem among gems. Other white grapes include Chardonnay, which is usually tasty and barrel-free, and which is most often used in blends; Pinot Gris; and Romorantin, which is native to the Loire and found only in Cour-Cheverny AOC.
Chenin Blanc is the most commonly used grape but Sauvignon Blanc can also produce interesting sweet wines in warm years.