Cotes du Rhone Village Vaison la Romaine
Cotes du Rhone is created
1966-1967: Appellation Cotes du Rhone Village created.
2016: Cotes du Rhone Village in 5 communes
around Vaison la Romaine is upgraded to Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Romaine
The 5 communes are Buisson, Saint-Marcellin les
Vaison, Saint-Roman de Mallegarde, Vaison la
Romaine and Villedieu.
The potential area of the
appellation is 776 ha. Since
2016 it has been allowed to use name the Cotes du Rhone
Village Vaison la Romaine
|Taking area and
population in to account, it is very natural
that Vaison la
Romaine gives name to
the appellation, especially considering
that the village Vaison la
Romaine is known far outside the
area; not for it's wines but for
the many remains from Roman
times, and it's probably the most famous
tourist destination in the Rhone valley
(after Orange and Avignon).
The cooperative in Vaison
La Romaine, established in 1924,
plays an important role in the wine
production in the area. It has
about 360 members spread
over no less than 20 communes.
Another cooperative established in 1939 located in Villedieu is
not that dominating the appellation.
des charges (Rules - 12 April 2018)
The appellation includes only red wine.
In the vineyards for a property (encépagement)
red varieties: Grenache,
Syrah and Mourvedre.
Grenache must count for at least 40%
Syrah and/or Mourvedre must count for
at least 25% - until 2021
Other permitted red varieties:
Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise,
Muscardin, Piquepoul Noir,
Terret Noir, Vaccarèse.
The single cuvée (assemblage)
66% must me made of primary
grapes. Grenache is obligatory.
A wine must be made from
at least two primary grapes varieties.
White varieties may be included with
a maximum of 5%.
Declared area and yield 2016-19
The around 2000 years old bridge over Ouvèze. In February 1992 a
dramatical flooding damaged the bridge.
47 people in the village lost their lives as the water during just 3 hours
without warning reached the red cross. Photo: Metéo France.
has many remains from Roman times. A statue found devoted
excavations was purchased by Eugene Raspail (1812-1888).
He earned so much money by reselling to the British Museum
that his earning could pay for building of
in Gigondas. Photo: Mimova at
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