AOP Grignan-les-Adhémar  

The area's wine traditions at least date back to the 1st century.
South of Donzère
excavations of a Roman villa have shown that Villa du Mollard. On a Roman stone pillar nearby is the loading of wine in wooden barrels - of course for the purpose of transport via the Rhône River to Rome

The appellation was established in 1973 under the name Coteaux du Tricastin.
In 2010 the appellation changed its name
to Grignan-les-Adhémar.
The background to the desire for
a name change was not to be compromised by the name of a nuclear power plant  Tricastin NPC
Grignan and Adhémar
were both important place names in the area's history.
At both sites you find compact medieval castle complexes

Cahier des Charges  (Rules for the appellationen - 2013)

The apellationen includes certain parcels in 21 communes in depardement Drôme: 
Allan, Baume-de-Transit,Chamaret, Chantemerle-lès-Grignan, Chateauneuf-du-Rhone, Clansayes, Coloncelle, Donzère, Garde-Adhémar, Granges-Gontardes, Grignan, Malataverne, Montségur-sur-Lauzon, Réauville, Roche-Saint-Secret-Béconne, Roussas, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, Saint-Restitut, Salles-sous-Bois, Solérieux, Valaurie.  
See eventually map with the communes
.

The appellationen includes red, rosé and white wines

Allowed grape varieties:

Red and rosé wines
Primary varieties: Grenache, Syrah.
Other allowed gapes: Bourboulenc, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Marcelan, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Viognier.

White wines
Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier.

Portions of grape varieties at the single domain (Encépagement)

Red and rosé wines
Share of primary varieties (Grenache and Syrah) must be at least 70%.
Share of Syrah have to be 30-80%.
Share of Grenache have to be 20-70%.
Share of Marselan must not exceed 10%.

White wines

No single variety may exceed 80%.
Viognier have to be at least 30%.

The blend in the single cuvée (Assemblage)

Red wines
Primary varieties (Grenache, Syrah) have to be at least 50%.
White varieties may not exceed 10%.

Rosé wines
Primary varieties (Grenache, Syrah) have to be at least 50%.
White varieties may not exceed 20%.


White wines
Bourboulenc and Clairette must together not exceed 50%.

Yield
Red and rosé max. 45 hl/ha. White wines max. 52 hl/ha.

Declared area and yield 2014-2017

Vintage 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Hectares 1283 1316 1368
Hectolitre 58299 65492 42446
Kilde: Syndicat des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone

Status of the appellation in 2016 - Election of new président


Chateau de Grignan. Residues have been found in Grignan from Iron and Bronze Age. A ecclesiastical historian mentioned in 1035 the "obscure castellum Gradignanum". In 1239 the ownership of the chateau until then owned by the Grignan family became in possession of the Adhémar family who rebuild the castle in the 16th and 17th centuries. 
Today the site belongs to the Drôme Department


Chateau des Adhémar. The two castles in Grignan and Adhèmar share a large part of their history (via ownership). They were both partly ruined after the French Revolution, but the castle in Adhémar was never re-established to the same extend as the one in Grignan. 
This site also belongs to the Drôme Department
.

Syndicat Grignan-les-Adhémar 
President: Matthieu Rozel Domaine Rozel

Caveau des Vignerons Grignan les Adhémar 
Place du Jeu de Ballon Maison de Pays 26230 Grignan
Open: all days 10.00-19.00 en haute saison or maybe by appointment


Caveau des Vignerons. Se eventually  Potos from a private visit in Grignan 2015

Restaurants in the appellations 21 communes mentioned by Michelin's guide 2018

Le Clair de Plume   Grignan   (One star) Chez Elles"  Bastide de Grignan   Grignan
Le Domaine du Colombier   Malataverne Manoir de la Roseraie  Grignan 
La Bistro Chapouton  Grignan  (Bib Gourmand) La Table des Délices  Grignan 
Le Poème de Grignan  Grignan (Good cooking) Hôtel les Méjeonnes  Valurie

 

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