Around Châteauneuf du Pape
Discover the Rhone Valley by staying at a wine estate. Explore the vineyards of the region with an expert who will teach you so much about the region and its wines. Share unique moments in the heart of the Rhône Valley and be charmed by the syrah and grenache grapes so typical of the area.
At the birth of the AOC
The Rhone Valley saw arriving the first AOC in 1933 (legalized in 1947 after the 2nd world war) that are Châteauneuf du Pape (and maybe also Tavel who knows...). A step forward in the wine industry that enhanced the specificities of a wine area, its grapes, its techinques, traditions etc etc. The Rhône Valley is also one of the oldest vineyard which saw settling the Romans on this land and who built magnificient gallo-roman villas, some vestiges are still visible and accessible nowadays. Later on Popes, wine amateurs, will choose the region as their base and will contribute to the wine rising in France.
70 365 ha 28 appellations 16 Crus
250 kms from north to south along the Rhône river. 250 villages on 6 counties. From the city of Vienne to the Luberon (east of Avignon), the Rhône Valley stretches benefiting from the protection of the Alpes and the Massif Central and from the Mediterranean coast a few kilometers away.
Divided into 2 disctinct areas that are The northern Rhône Valley (called septentrionale in french) at the north of Valence having sometimes very steep soils out of granite and schists and the Southern Rhône Valley (méridionale in french) on the south of Montélimar having argile-clay soils with commonly called galets roulés.
On the north 8 crus : Côte-Rôtie (reds), Condrieu (white), Château-Grillet (white), Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas (red) and Saint-Peray mainly produced out of Syrah for red and Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier for whites.
On the south 8 Crus : Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas (red or rosé), Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Vinsobres, Rasteau, Lirac and Tavel mainly produced out of Grenache for red and Marsanne and Roussane for whites.
Mainly producer of full bodied and fruity red wines which reflect the terroir and the climate of the region. A small production of white wines with caracter, fruity and sometimes with notes of honey. 10% of the vineyard is classified organic. More on the south you will find rosés, sparkling and sweet wines.
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Cochonailles, quenelles lyonnaises, nougat of Montélimar, praline pie, cervelle de canut (salted fromage blanc), ravioles...
Crossing the Wine Roads of the Rhône Valley is being surprised by its geography (its hills, its steep vineyards; its river always around the corner...), is to discover a region with many particularities sometimes in the city, in villages, sometimes with alpine spirit or provencal spirit, but it is also tasting all those delicious food and wine pleasures in little bistrots or bouchons as it is called here or of course directly at the wine estate where you are staying at! Fly out!
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