Rhône Valley

The vineyards of the Rhône Valley stretch from the city of Vienne, in the south of Lyon, to the city of Avignon. It represents the second largest wine production in France, behind the Bordeaux region. Its surface area is around 76 000 hectares of vines planted and includes: - eight appellations in the Northern Rhone Valley . -...
The vineyards of the Rhône Valley stretch from the city of Vienne, in the south of Lyon, to the city of Avignon. It represents the second largest wine production in France, behind the Bordeaux region. Its surface area is around 76 000 hectares of vines planted and includes: - eight appellations in the Northern Rhone Valley . - thirty-eight appellations (nearly half of them in the Côtes du Rhône village) in the Southern Rhone Valley . The vineyard of the Rhone Valley dates back to antiquity: first developed by the Romans, it has evolved remarkably into the "Vignoble des Papes", with the headquarters of Clément V and his successors in Avignon in the 14th century, And is renowned internationally in the 20th century for the quality and richness of its wines. 21 grape varieties are allowed in the local or regional appellations of wines of the Rhone Valley , but the main grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre for the production of red and pink wines, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne And viognier for the production of white wines. Production comes from the blending of the different grape varieties with specific characteristics of each appellation: More Syrah in the Northern Rhone Valley and more Grenache for a wine from the Southern Rhone Valley . This can be explained by the very diverse nature of soils, but also by the Mediterranean climate, influenced by the Mistral (drying wind from the North following the Rhone River) or the Midi wind (warm, moisture annunciator). Wines of the Rhone Valley , sun-drenched, can be simple, easy to drink, or on the contrary powerful, rich and aromatic. They never leave indifferent.   The local appellations of the Rhone Valley : - Northern Rhone Valley Château-Grillet Condrieu Cornas Côte Rôtie Crozes-Hermitage Hermitage Saint Joseph Saint-Péray   - Southern Rhone Valley   Beaumes-de-Venise Chateauneuf du pape Gigondas Lirac Rasteau Tavel Vacqueyras Vinsobres   Beyond the generic Côtes du Rhône , Côtes du Rhône Village are also wines that are worth a visit. Everyone can find its happiness there.For instance, on defivin.com, we have fallen under the spell of the Luberon wines and the Ventoux wines.
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