La Varenne

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La Varenne
La Varenne (France)
La Varenne
local community Orée d'Anjou
region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Cholet
Coordinates 47 ° 19 ′  N , 1 ° 19 ′  W Coordinates: 47 ° 19 ′  N , 1 ° 19 ′  W
Post Code 49270
Former INSEE code 49360
Incorporation December 15, 2015
status Commune déléguée

La Varenne is a town and commune Déléguée in the French community Orée d'Anjou with 1,752 inhabitants (as of January 1 2017) in the department of Maine-et-Loire in the region of Pays de la Loire .


La Varenne is about 25 kilometers from Nantes on a hill above the Loire Valley and its tributary Divatte . The town center with the church is at an average height of about 60 meters. The soil is characterized by sediment deposits that come from the Loire and its tributaries.


La Varenne belonged to the duchy or county of Anjou. The parish church was founded in the 11th century.

With effect from December 15, 2015, the municipalities of Bouzillé , Champtoceaux , Drain , Landemont , Liré , Saint-Christophe-la-Couperie , Saint-Laurent-des-Autels , Saint-Sauveur-de-Landemont and La Varenne became part of the former communauté de communes du Canton de Champtoceaux amalgamated into a Commune nouvelle with the name Orée d'Anjou. The municipality of La Varenne belonged to the arrondissement of Cholet and the canton of La Pommeraye (until 2015: canton of Champtoceaux ).

Population development

La Varenne always had over a thousand inhabitants between 1793 and 1911, the highest level was reached in 1861 with 1,213 inhabitants. Between the 1921 and 1975 censuses, the population was between 800 and 900 inhabitants. Only in the last few years has there been a significant increase in the number of residents.

1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
864 887 904 1,088 1,278 1,366 1,599

Economy and Infrastructure

La Varenne is developed by the Department of Road D751 along the Loire from Nantes to Chalonnes-sur-Loire leads. Local employers are agriculture and local small businesses.

In addition to agriculture with cattle breeding and arable farming, wine is also grown here on a large scale . There are, for example, four wineries with their own sales: "La Coindassière", "Gaigné", "Le Pavillon" and "Le Vau". The vineyards are in the protected designations of origin of Anjou , Coteaux d'Ancenis , Muscadet-Coteaux de la Loire and Gros Plant du Pays Nantais . Tourism is very much promoted and every Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from June to September there is the opportunity to visit the church tower with a view over the Loire Valley.


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de Maine-et-Loire . Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-117-1 , pp. 422-424.

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