AOC / AOP Vacqueyras

1937: Cotes du Rhone
1955: Cotes du Rhone Village Vacqueyras.
1990: Vacqueyras

The appellation covers certain parcels in 2 communes, Vacqueyras and Sarrians.
It's in Vacqueyras you find the biggest concentration of domains and vineyards, even though three producers of Sarrians are among the most famous domains of the appellation Chateau des Tours, Montirius and Domaine le Sang du Cailloux.

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Commune Area Elevation Inh. 2010
Sarrians 3749 ha. 26 - 118 m 5.809
Vacqueyras 897 ha. 68 - 274 m 1.050

The appellation includes red wines, rosé wines and white wines.

Rules for AOP Vacqueyras  (INAO Cahir des Charges 2015)

Allowed grapvarieties

Red wine
Primary grape (cépage principal): Grenache.
Secundary grapes (cépages complémentaires): Syah og Mourvedre.
Other grapes (cépages accessoires):  Bourboulenc, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Clairette Rose, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne, Muscardin, Piquepoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Vaccarese and Viognier.

Rosé wine
Primaru grapes (cépages principal) Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.
Other grapes (cépages accessoires): Bourboulenc, Carignan, Clairette, Clairette Rose, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne, Muscardin, Piquepoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Vaccarese and Viognier.

White wine 
Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.

Rules for the mix of varietis in the vineyards - not in a single wine

Red wine
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre must together count for at least 90%.
Grenache must count for at least 50%.
Mourvedre and Syrah must together count for at least 20%
Other varieties (cépages accessoires) may not exceed 10%.
The share of white varieties may not exceed 5%.

Rosé wine:
A single variety may not exceed 80%.
Other varieties  (cépages accessoires) may not exceed 10%.

White wine:
A single variety may not exceed 80%.

There is no rule about the blend (assemblage) of the single cuvée. In principle it's allowed to make single-grape wines, but it's not common to do this.

Yield
Max. 36 hl./ha.


Alkohol percent:
Minimum 12,5% for red wine and minimum 12% for white wine and rosé wine.


Declared area and yield 2013-2017

Vintage 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Hectares 1406 1417 1411 1412 1419
Hectolitre 38212 52697 47846 45620 38817
Source: http://www.syndicat-cotesdurhone.com  

When the appelation's approved area was confirmed by INAO it covered 1610 ha. Nearly 200 ha seems therefore to be unplanted today or out of prodution.

80 producers bottle their wines and sell at least a part in bottles.
5 cooperatives. The cooperative in Vacqueyrs has 80 members.
32 negociants buy wines from producers.


Lieux-dits in Vacqueyras   

Lieux-dits in Sarrians

 

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Downtown Vacqueyras at Cours Stassart
you find Caveau du Vacqueyras established
in 2015 by Laura Combaluzier.

 

Wines from 29 domains are for sale 
for prices as you meet at the domains.

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