AOP Côtes du Vivarais
Until 1789 there was a province named Vivarais,
approximately the same area as the departement Ardèche today.
The name Vivarais relates to the village Viviers, which was the administrative
centre for Vivarais. The village of 4.000 inhabitants has since
the 4th century been the seat of the bishop of Viviers
and here is his cathedral.
In 1999 the appellation Côtes du Vivarais was
Selected parcels from 14 communes are included in the appellation (see
9 communes in Ardèche: Bidon,
Saint-Remèze and Vinezac.
5 communes in Gard:
Montclus and Saint-Privat-de-Champclos.
According to INAO, whose information is from 2005, the
area of the appellation is 554 ha and the production was 20.648 hl.
The wines of the appellation were made by 22 private producers and 11 cooperatives.
In 2014 the production of the appellation was 12.388 hl from 279 ha.