The monasteries played a major role in helping to develop the Anjou vineyards, as each had its own enclosed plot of vines. When Henry Plantagenet became King Henry II of England in 1154, the royal court began to serve Anjou wines, and continued to do so even after his death - so for nearly a thousand years, the crowned heads of France and England had a part in boosting recognition of Loire Valley wines..This regional AOC encompasses many subregional and communal AOCs such as anjou-blanc, anjou-rouge, anjou-gamay and anjou-fines-bulles
Temperate oceanic climate, generally dry, illustrating the proverbial "Douceur Angevin" - the mildness of Anjou
Dark schist soils known as "Anjou Noir"
Terres Blanches (White Earth), the altered tuffeau limestone known as "Anjou Blanc"
Red: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d’Aunis et Grolleau, Gamay.