The vineyards of Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-sur-Loire
Located between Burgundy and the old French province known as Le Berry, the vineyards of Pouilly-Fumé cover an area of 1,262 hectares while those of Pouilly-sur-Loire total 31 hectares. Four distinctive soil types can be distinguished within the vineyards:
- Oxfordian Villiers limestone (“caillottes”)
- Kimmeridgian marls with fossilized oyster shells (“terres blanches”)
- Portlandian Barrois limestone (“caillottes”)
- Cretaceous flinty clay (flint)
The Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-sur-Loire areas of appellation cover the communes of Garchy, Mesves-sur-Loire, Pouilly-sur-Loire, St Andelain, St Laurent, St Martin-sur-Nohain, and Tracy-sur-Loire, all of which are in the Nièvre department. Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Chasselas.