The "royal river" (Liger in Breton) covers a distance of 1,000 kilometres from the Massif Central in south-central France to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. It gave its name to this huge wine-growing region of around 70,000 hectares. Like all bodies of water, it has a positive effect on viticulture or creates the conditions for it by forming valley slopes. The Loire rises south of Lyon, flows first in an arc to the north and then turns west at Orléans. In doing so, it crosses twelve départements and takes in a total of ten tributaries. There is significant viticulture on both banks of the Loire over a stretch of around 400 kilometres, with vineyards spread over many areas. UNESCO designated the "Val de Loire" (Loire Valley) a World Heritage Site in 2000.
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