AOP Tavel

Vestiges from a gallo-roman villa from 2nd century is the oldest evidence of wine growing in Tavel. 
1636: Land register tells about wine growing of a certain scale.
1716: Administrative archives tell about local wine "cru de Tavel".
1902: A Syndicate of wine growers is founded.
1926: Rules for the local wines are created as the first step of being an appellation, adviced by Baron Le Roy from Chateauneuf du Pape.
1936: AOC Tavel is among the earliest established appellations in France.

Tavel commune covers 19,96 km2, or 1996 ha. of which the vineyards of AOP Tavel count for 960 ha.

Rules for the appellation
Tavel Rosé can only be made from fields in Tavel commune - and a few parcels in Roquemaure.
The area inside the limits of the appellation is 960 ha. 
Allowed grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault (min. 15%), Syrah, Mourvedre,
Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Carignan (max. 10%) and Calitor (very rare). No varietiy must count for more than 60% of the vines.
Max. yield: 46 hl/ha.
Min. alcohol percent: 11.

Normally the wines are made with a short maceration period - 12-36 hours.
In such a short period only a small amount of colour and punch will be extracted from the skin.
Only a few producers use ageing in wood -  maybe for a special cuvée.
The wines are normally bottled a few months after the harvest
and most of them are meant to be drunk young.

Nearly 50% of the production is vinified by the cooperative and and the rest by private producers - about 40. Some of the private producers sell a part of the wine to negociants.
Most of the producers have vineyards in Lirac and/or Cotes du Rhone.  Only a few producers only make  Tavel Rosé.

Declared area and yield 2013-2017

Vintage 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Hectares 902 912 915 911 895
Hectolitre 33731 39391 35314 37778 26527

Syndicat Viticole de l’Appellation Tavel
The syndicate was created as early as 1902.
The village and the wines are promoted by the phrase Village du 1er Rosé de France.

Commanderie de Tavel
The brotherhood was created in 1968.

Caveau Saint Vincent
A wine shop selling wines from most of the producers in Tavel. The shop is situated at Place du Siegneur by Rue Frédéric Mistral in the centre of the village.

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