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The Loire needs you
11 Aug 2010 by Tamlyn Currin & Richard Hemming
Wine is worth about €1.2 billion to the producers of the Loire valley. Until last year about 70 million bottles were exported – worth €220 million – and a massive 40% of that went to the UK, with Belgium the second most important export market buying about half as much as Britain. However there has recently been a huge drop in exports. Inter-Loire, the trade association for Anjou, Saumur and Touraine, reported a 28% drop in volume and 20% in value between 2008 and 2009. UK imports alone dropped by a staggering 44%. But the Loire can provide us with some of the most distinctive wines in the world - wonderfully refreshing reds,...

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