The appellation regulations dictate that the wines must consist almost entirely of Chenin Blanc, but in theory can also contain a small amount of the Arbois grape.
Vouvray wines sail well with shellfish.
If you would like to try a different white wine with shellfish, consider a Vouvray.
Vouvray is made from chenin blanc grapes, and the area of Vouvray in France's Loire Valley grows some of the best in the world.
The chenin blanc is a superb grape for matching with shrimp or lobster, but the trick is discovering whether the wine is sweet or dry. A few are even considered sparkling.
At a price point of $10 to $15, it is difficult to predict whether you will find a sweet or dry wines.
Although there are exceptions, a general rule of thumb is that the more expensive wines tend toward sweetness and the less expensive the wine the more dry it is.
Many wine drinkers who prefer dry wines might balk at a sweeter wine, but the sweetness is often needed to balance the chenin blanc's bright, bordering-on-bitter acids.
Those acids are what make Vouvray such a good food wine. The Vouvray AOC was designated on 8th December 1936. Its 1800 hectares cover the commune of Vouvray in the département of Indre et Loire, and the neighbouring villages of Chançay, Noizay, Reugny, Rochecorbon, Sainte-Radegonde-en-Touraine (part of Tours since 1964), Vernou-sur-Brenne, and part of Parçay-Meslay.