Saint-Pourçain has been a VDQS since 1951 and today has around 600 hectares of vines spread across 19 communes producing white, rosé and red. The local variety is the Tressallier – called Sacy in the Yonne. The other main varieties are Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir. There are 18 independent wine producers and a cave co-operative.
The VDQS designation is being phased out and remaining VDQS must either win promotion to AC or be relegated to vin de pays.
Once the minister has found his pen there will be 69 appellations in the Loire.
INAO announcement here.