Touraine Amboise wines are those produced under the Touraine district's regional Touraine appellation, specifically in the area around the town of Amboise on the banks of the Loire. Other than Amboise itself, the title covers the nine parishes of Cangey, Charge, Limeray, Montreuil-en-Touraine, Mosnes, Nazelles-Negron, Poce-sur-Cisse, Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes and Saint-Reele.
The Touraine Amboise title was introduced in 1939 and includes red, white and rose wine. It now has an annual production of roughly 9000hL, divided quite evenly between red and rose (40% each), with the remaining proportion made up by white wines. The vineyards cover around 445 acres (180ha), with the grapes grown mostly on soils composed of flinty gravels, clay and limestone.
Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Malbec (known locally as Cot) are used for Touraine Amboise reds and roses, producing generally light-bodied, fruit-driven wines with the crisp acidity so characteristic of Loire Valley red wines in general. The appellation's white wines are made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and particularly Sauvignon Blanc. Although Touraine Amboise wines are rarely as fine as those of Sancerre to the west, the Sauvignon Blanc can offer a good expression of the upper Loire's core white grape variety. The best examples are light, citrus-tinged wines with grassy undertones and subtle minerality.