ANGERS (loire valley)


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Angers  is a city in western France, about 300 km (190 mi) southwest of Paris. It is chef-lieu of the Maine-et-Loire department and was the capital of the province of Anjou until the French Revolution.

The inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins. Not including the metropolitan area, Angers is the third most populous commune in northwestern France after Nantes and Rennes and the 18th in France.

Angers proper covers 42.70 square kilometers and has a population of 152,960 inhabitants, while around 422,700 live in its metropolitan area The Angers Loire Métropole is made up of 29 communes covering 667 square kilometers with 296,000 inhabitants (2017).

Situated on three of the Loire Valley’s wine routes, Angers is the ideal starting point for discovering the vineyards of Anjou-Saumur.

Along the ‘royal’ Loire River and its tributaries – the Thouet, the Aubance and the Layon – the Loire Valley’s two emblematic grape varieties, Chenin and Cabernet Franc, flourish on soils of schist and tufa limestone.

Venture into the Anjou-Saumur wine region, a unique and historical terroir with no less than 27 official wine appellations producing richly aromatic wines of all styles (red, rosé, white and sparkling wines are all made). Travel the wine routes and enjoy a moment of serenity and authenticity amid the natural surroundings that local winegrowers treasure so much.

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