This vineyard was originally planted thanks to the presence of numerous abbeys in the region. The construction of the Cistercian Abbey of Roche in Myennes (12th cent.) as well as the building of a castle by the Bishop of Auxerre in Cosne-sur-Loire (13th cent.) represent this cultural heritage. The occupation of the Château of Gien by the Count of Gien and the future King Charles VII (15th cent.), significantly contributed to the vine development so as to quench the thirst of the visiting lords and kings. Coteaux du Giennois obtained its AOC quite recently, in 1998.
The Coteaux du Giennois Appellation is characterized by two distinct soils which are separated by a geological fault line. In the Northern part, the soils are composed of siliceous clay. In the South, they are white limestone soils, covered by siliceous deposits in certain locations.
According to the AOC rules, white wines from Coteaux du Giennois have to be vinified from Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are lovely expressions of their terroir, typically with floral and white fruit notes.
The red and rosé wines are made from a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir. With subtle and fruity aromas, they are slightly spicy and full of delicacy.