Southern Rhone Valley

The vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley cover an area of ​​71,000 hectares, extending from the city of Valence to Avignon, along the Rhone, and widening in the valleys of the tributaries of the Rhone: Drôme , Calavon, Durance, and Gard. The vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley include thirty-eight appellations, nearly half of...
The vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley cover an area of ​​71,000 hectares, extending from the city of Valence to Avignon, along the Rhone, and widening in the valleys of the tributaries of the Rhone: Drôme , Calavon, Durance, and Gard. The vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley include thirty-eight appellations, nearly half of them in the Côtes-du-Rhône generic and villages, the best known being Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is one of the oldest vineyards in France. It was created and exploited by the Romans since antiquity, and with the arrival of the papal community in Avignon at the beginning of the 14th century, it experienced an unprecedented rise. The vineyard of the Southern Rhone Valley is now known worldwide for its powerful and aromatic wines. It must be said that the grape varieties of this region are those that are found most outside our borders. Thus the Australian or South African Shiraz is indeed our Syrah from the Rhone Valley. The cinsault is the Hermitage of South Africa. But so many varieties are planted in this vineyard: twenty-one in total. However, the main grape varieties of the appellations produced in the Southern Rhône Valley 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 . Thus, apart from a few exceptions linked to microclimatic conditions, and terroirs apart for allowing the production of high quality "mono-grape" wines, the wines come from blendings that can vary each year. A compulsory flexibility to ensure a constant quality for the different vintages. The red wines of the southern Rhône valley are rich and often opulent like the wines of the Luberon or the wines of Ventoux. The most versatile wines are found in the Côtes du Rhône appellations, but it can be found real treasures at the turn of a cellar. I remember a winegrower from the commune of Courthezon, which made very good wine in Côtes du Rhône. The vines, which were over fifty years old, were planted on the edge of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. After an old-fashioned vinification, without filtering, the result was fabulous. White wines seem to be better and better controlled, floral, balanced, respecting their origin and their region, bathed in sunshine and warmth. This makes it possible to produce magnificent natural sweet wines in Rasteau and Beaumes de Venise. Pink wines are usually just a treat. For lovers of fresh wines.
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