The wines of Vouvray are made from the Chenin grape, and can be still or sparkling, off-dry or sweet, depending on the amount of residual sugar in the grapes at harvest time. Whether still or sparkling, one of the features of Vouvray wine is its shine and glossy colour, which sets it apart from other wines produced in the Loire Valley. The development of the Vouvray vineyards has been attributed to Saint Martin, who planted the vines at the famous Abbey of Marmoutier.
Temperate climate broken down into a number of microclimates with an oceanic influence
Rocky hillsides on a substrate of tuffeau , cut through with valleys and covered with flinty 'perruche' soils and 'aubuis' (limestone clay).