The Touraine region comprises the eastern half of the central Loire Valley of France and has its own AOC (see below). Touraine broadly occupies the departments of Indre-et-Loir and Loire et Cher, and is centred on the town of Tours (Clive Coates MW: 1990, p.212). It was François Rabelais (1494–1553), the French humanist and satirist, who called Touraine ‘Le Jardin de la France’, the garden of France’. Touraine is traversed by three rivers, the Cher, the Indre and the Vienne, all of which join the Loire from the south (Hugh Johnson: Wine Companion: 2003, p.169).
Sub-regions: Chinon AOC. | Bourgueil AOC. | Montlouis AOC. | Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil AOC. | Touraine AOC. | Touraine-Amboise AOC. | Touraine Mesland AOC. | Touraine Noble Joué AOC. | Touraine-Azay le Rideau AOC. | Vouvray AOC.