The appellation for red, rosé and white wines is named after the town of the same name on the lower Loire in the western part of France in the Département Maine-et-Loire. It is located between the appellations Anjou (with very similar wines) and Touraine. Saumur is the sparkling wine production centre on the Loire and after Champagne the largest sparkling wine producing area in France. Saumur is also a leader in the production and processing of mushrooms and plays an important role in horticulture. Around 40% of the rose bushes produced in France come from this region. Overlooking the town on a hill, a tuff castle, built in the 14th century and considered the most beautiful castle in the Loire region, towers above the town. It is used by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Sacavins for its ceremonies and events.