The 200 km of the Rhone Valley vineyard runs along the banks of the Rhone River between Vienne and Avignon. Wines have been produced in the region since the pre-Roman times, thanks to exceptionally favorable wine-growing conditions: geographic, climatic, economic and human factors. Besides, the Rhone river has always been an ideal trade and communication route between the Mediterranean and northern Europe.
The vine culture had been steadily accrued over the centuries along with historic influences. Indeed, be they the Avignon Popes in the early 14th century, or the Kings of France, all contributed to the development of this vineyard, a development that resulted in the ultimate recognition with the creation in 1937 of the AOC Côtes du Rhône.
The Côtes du Rhône AOC wines are divided into 3 large groups: The Crus with 13 legendary wines such as Hermitage, Côte-Rotie; A.O.C. Côtes du Rhône Régionales and A.O.C. Côtes du Rhône Villages. Likewise, the Rhône Valley wines include the 5 following ACs: Costières de Nîmes, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Lubéron, Coteaux du Tricastin, and Diois.
With a Northern Rhone Valley producing light and easy to appreciate red wines and a Southern area providing fruity and spicy wines, attest the wide range of wines produced across the Rhône’s assorted mix of vineyards.
The wines of Costières de Nîmes bring a pleasant roundness to the spicy and vegetal fragrances of the Mediterranean aromatic herbs.
Each of the 13 great Côtes du Rhône possesses a very marked identity, just as the heady Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. We also invite you to discover the excellent and particularly fleshy rosé of Tavel, an appellation solely consecrated to rosé wine which is renowned for being the only « gastronomic » rosé.