The birth of modern AOC in France and around the world is extremely linked to this region. In fact, it was Baron Le Roy who managed to register one of the first appellations of France, Châteauneuf du Pape, in 1933. Then, his application files became the model for all future AOC admissions.
Long before that, the popes chose Avignon as a their residence bringing winemakers from Cahors region with them in order to improve the quality of wines. This is why their wines acquired notorious reputation in the middle of the fourteenth century and are known as Châteauneuf-du-Pape today.
The vineyards of the Rhone Valley extend over some 250 km from North to South and are mainly composed of Syrah and Grenache grapes for reds, and Marsanne and Viognier for whites. Other varieties may also be included in blends because, unlike other regions such as Burgundy which produces single varietal wines, wines here may include up to 13 grape varities, as it can be the case for Châteauneuf-du-Pape !
Prestigious appellations can be found in Rhône Valley such as Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Hermitage, Cornas, Gigondas ... and the famous Château-Grillet whose sole appellation of just 3.5 hectares (9.4 acres) in size and is owned by a single winery !
Make a tour of the Rhône Valley at Les Grand Chais and feel the fruitiness of Crozes-Hermitage, the force of Vacqueyras or the sweetness of Beaumes de Venise ! Or why not let you tempt by a gréât Rhône wine from Guigal or Perrin winemakers and offer the best of this extraordinary terroir to yourself or to the ones you love?