Cote Du Rhone Wine Map

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Map fo the Cotes du Rhone with the French Wine Guide: Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Condrieu, Cornas and grapes. Map fo the Cotes du Rhone with the French Wine Guide: Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Condrieu, Cornas and grapes. Overview of Cotes du Rhone Appellation: Cotes du Rhone is a massive wine region. In fact, it’s the second largest appellation in France. Only Bordeaux has more hectares planted with vines. The entire region is about 44,000 hectares with 31,926 hectares under vine.

Sainte Cécile les Vignes is a pretty little village, which as its name suggests, is one of the most important Côtes du Rhône wine-making areas.Acres and acres of vineyards surround Sainte Cécile right up to the center of the village, where the large Saint Cécilia co-operative marks the entrance t…

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This is a market town, a little larger and busier than its surrounding wine producing neighbors.The main square is dominated by a 16th Century church and lined by shops and cafes. Narrow streets and village houses follow the contours of the hills that rise up from the village center all the way up to th…


Good Sablet’s closest neighbor, Seguret is a comfortable walk through the vineyards. Medieval Seguret is a village perche, carved into the rocky hllside above the River Ouveze.Classifieded as one of the most beautiful villages in France, its cobblestone streets wind up between the ancient h…


Roaix, one of Provence’s perched villages, with its houses clinging to the hillside produces quality wines which match the character of the the village. Roaix is the village with the smallest wine-growing area to have obtained the “Côte du Rhône Village” appellation.It ca… Cotes du rhone vineyards


This Côtes du Rhone village which was once a garrison settlement for the Knights’ Templar, and after 1312 became a base for the Knights Hospitallars, produces a rich red wine that is full-bodied and fruity, with a smooth finish.The village has two quite distinct parts – the old villag…


The old village lies within fortifications which date back to the 11th and 12th Centuries. There have also been artifacts found that date back to Roman times.Built on a hill, it is close to Mont Ventoux, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, like Sablet it is at the centre of the tourist triangle f…


This charming and picturesque little village is at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail.A number of hiking trails lead from the village to the Dentelles. The main square and commercial area is lined with plane trees, under which one can enjoy a great Provencal meal or a snack. Amongst the ruins…


Rasteau is a village of Upper Vaucluse wine-growers. The houses spread out at the foot of a beautiful 12th century Romanesque church, and the ruins of a 12th century château overlook the village. The large square shaded by plane trees is right in the heart of the village.From this square, it’…

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The first vines were planted in this area in the 14th Century by the Popes of Avignon. Pope John XVII, one of these popes built a Summer residence on the summit of the village – hence the name, Chateauneuf du Pape (Newcastle of the Pope). During the religious wars (circa 1562) the chateau was se… RhoneCote Du Rhone Wine Map

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Cotes du Rhone Wine

The Cote du Rhone wine region is an area that stretches on both banks of the River Rhone, beginning South of Lyon and finishing just South of Avignon and was one of the first regions in France to produce wine.
Today there are numerous Roman remains and monuments that can still be seen from when the vineyards were taken over by the Romans, and then they were taken over by the monasteries in the Middle Ages.

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Some of the oldest of the vineyards are those of Hermitage and Cote Rotie, and one of the vineyards which was taken over by the monks then called Chateauneuf, which was renamed Chateauneuf du Pape as the Popes used to spent their holidays in France there.
The Cote du Rhone is a very diverse wine region producing some very different wines from two distinctive viticulture areas. These being the North of the Rhone that is dominated by the syrah grapes and produces some fine examples of full bodied red wines, to the South where you will find grenache and Chateauneuf du Pape and exquisite white wines of condrieu and Chateau Grillet.
There are approximately 9,000 winemakers that produce around 450 million bottles of wine per year, with around 75 percent being for the full-bodied Cote Rotie and the fruity Chateauneuf du Pape. And the greatest amount of wine produced is within the South, which accounts for about 90 percent of all Cote du Rhone wines, with Chateauneuf du Pape producing more than the entire North itself!
The most northerly wine area is Cote Rotie, which produces some very fine wines from the Syrah grape and these make an excellent vintage, often being stored in cellars for between 15 and 20 years.
Although many wines from the Cote du Rhone are best as a vintage, the white wine, Condrieu made from only viognier grapes is best enjoyed when it is young.
In the south of the Rhone there is a wider variety of grape with grenache being the main one, but there are also some famous names like the red Chateauneuf du Pape. And in fact, Chateauneuf du Pape is also famous for being home to Baron Le Roy, who owns Chateau Fortia and founded the appellation controller system, which is how the majority of vineyard areas are defined in France.
Along with St-Peray, there is one other sparkling wine called Clairette de Die that is produced in the Rhone Valley wine region, which is made from clairette grapes, sometimes with muscat added.
The wine producing area in the North of the Rhone is a land of steep slopes carved into granite hillsides and the vineyards are among some of the steepest and most difficult to work in the world. Probably because of this, you will find that very long established families operate the majority of its vineyards, and have worked on the daunting slopes for many, many years.
But as you travel down to the South of the Rhone, the steep slopes go leaving a broad valley floor, which is far easier for the winemakers, although they have to consider the extreme heat of the hot summer months.
You will find that the Cote du Rhone wines go exceedingly well with every day cooking and French food based on chicken, with the full bodied red wines making an excellent match with roast meats and game. Fois gras or grilled fish and seafood are paired very well with the white wines of the Cote du Rhone region, and the Chateauneuf de Pape is a great accompaniment to cheese, providing you pick varieties that are not too strong.
And with the herbs such as fennel, juniper, lavender, rosemary and sage that grow in abundance throughout this area, can give the wines a hint of these, resulting in depth of flavour and scent that will provide pleasure even after the wine has gone.

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