There seems to be a flood of fresh new faces in the wineries of the Loire Valley as the new generation find their feet and take on more responsibilities in their family domaines. With them they bring a new outlook and renewed vigour and more often than not, more technical training than their parents' generation. All of which means that these are exciting times for fans of Loire wines and that the future for the region looks bright.
Some of the new generation were represented at our member tastings earlier this year and we took the opportunity to talk to them about what it is like growing up in a winemaking family and what their aspirations for the future are.
Jo Goodman talks to three young Loire growers
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Louise Chéreau Interview
Louise Chéreau represents the third generation of her family working at Domaine Chéreau Carré in Muscadet.
Loïc Cailbourdin Interview
Loïc Cailbourdin of Domaine Alain Cailbourdin has already had considerable experience at his family domaine in Pouilly-Fumé with some of his initiatives already bearing fruit.
Charlotte Denis Interview
Charlotte Denis (19) of Domaine de la Renaudie has not yet finished her wine studies, but she is already hands on when it comes to her involvement with the family business.