Winemaking in the Rhône Valley came initially with the Greeks 2500 years ago. However, it was the Romans that placed Rhône on the wine map. It happened as result of Pope Clement V moving his headquarters up from Rome to Avignon in 1309 – resulting in many more church functions locally and thus accelerating the demand for wine.
Today wines from the Rhône Valley make their fame both from the Northern sub-region, including the reds from Côte Rôtie and whites from Condrieu; as well as reds and whites from the Southern sub-region, among these Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Also, we should not forget what some refer to as “the king of rosé”, Tavel, also from the Southern sub-region.
The two sub-regions of the Rhône region have quite different climates. In the North the weather is continental with harsh winters and hot summers interrupted by the cooling mistral winds from the Massive Central highlands to the West. In the South the climate is Mediterranean with milder winters and hot sunny summers. The diverse terroirs set the stage for a wide choice of wines from the Rhône Valley(s).
Soils differ between North and South as well. In the North soils are mostly granite-based whereas in South soils generally also include limestone, clay, silt, sand and the famous rounded river stones ”galet” often seen around for example Chateuneuf- du-Pape.
Terrain also differs. The North can almost compete with Mosel in Germany on incline percentages, some hills reaching more than 40°. The South is much more gentle with mostly soft rolling hills.
As a result of the difference in terroir, the North and the South produce different styles of wine. Wines from the North are mostly reds based Syrah, often blended with a bit of white Viognier to add freshness. In the South whites are mostly blends of Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne and reds blends of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre, also known as “GSM” blends.
Domaine Valérie VIGNAL
The domaine, Which covers 20 hectares, lies 40 km to the north of Avignon. At the moment, it is run by Valérie VIGNAL. The south-facing vines are on clay and limestone soil, and the top quality grape varieties produce Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages wines of great character. Techniques that respect the environment combined with modern techniques of vinification as well as hand- picking, products – Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages.
Aux portes de la Provence , la petite propriété familiale est travaillé de façon traditionnelle . Syrah grenache et cinsault composent les rouges et rosés , grenache blanc et viognier le vin blanc. Respect du terroir, travail artisanal et recherche du plus haut niveau de qualité sont mes objectifs. Dans cet esprit mes vins sont peu filtrés et présentent un dépôt signe qu'ils reste vivants et naturels.
CLOS DU JONCUAS
Welcome to CLOS DU JONCUAS, where our vineyards flourish in the hills of "Dentelles de Montmirail" and give us warm and energetic wines that make us vibrate. In this privileged environment, Dany and Carole (third generation of the Chastan family) invite us to share their love of the wine culture. For this we propose our 3 appellations, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Séguret, in 3 colors that will accompany with happiness, the sweet moments, the festive meals of family and friends. Original as an "aperitif", served with toasts ........💚 WELCOME TO CLOS DU JONCUAS 💚 .......
Domaine des Romarins
Small familial estate in the south of the Rhône Valley. Xavier and Benoît Fabre are the fourth generation of winemakers, keeping the legacy alive ! We try to put the best of our soil ("terroir") in our wines. We believe that the best work in the vineyards gives the best grapes and the best grapes give the best wines. All wines are labelled High Environmental Value
DOMAINE ST CHARLES
Our family estate is located in the southern part of the Côtes du Rhône area. The vineyard benefits from an exceptional soil, that produces wines with rich aromas and noble character… The winemaker’s talent gives them elegance, complexity and balance… Welcome in the Grands Vins Theatre, where Authenticity starred with Passion !
Domaine de Bonserine / SEPTENTRIA
Implantée depuis des décennies dans le vignoble Septentrional de la vallée du Rhône, nous mettons à profit notre expérience et connaissance pour sélectionner des vins typés et expressifs, véritables fleurons de leurs appellations. La même philosophie qualitative est appliquée sur nos sélections que sur les vins du domaine. Bonne dégustation et à votre écoute....