AOP Cotes du Rhone Village Visan

1937: Cotes du Rhone
1967: Cotes du Rhone Village Visan

The appellation includes the best vineyards in Visan commune and includes red, rosé and white wines.
The commune of Visan has a total areal of 41 km2 and has around 1.650 inhabitants
The area west of the village Visan is flat and mostly sandy. The area north-east of the village is more elevated and stony. The altitude vary from 112 to 386 metres.

Cahier des Charges 2018

The grapes in the vineyard (encépagement)

The percentages mentioned below are referring to the vineyards of the estate
 - not to the blend of the single wine.

Rouge and Rosé
Grenache must
be at least 50%.
Syrah and Mourvedre
must together be at least 20%.
Other grapes allowed for Cotes du Rhone,
may not exceed 20%.
White varieties might be used for rosé - as "other grapes".

Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier
must be at least 80%
Other grapes allowed for Cotes du Rhone,
may not exceed 20%.

The blend of the single wine (assemblage)
The single cuvée must include Grenache one of the two grapevarieties Syrah or Mourvedre. Then it's not allowed any more to make singlevariety wines.

The level of alcohol must be at least 12,5 % for red wines og 12 % for rosé and white wines.

The yield may not exceed 42 hl./ha.

Declared area and yield 2016-2020

Vintage 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hectares 570 612 581 592 543
Hectoliter 21694 19075 18570 21667 18324
Source: Syndicat des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone

Administratively the four communes Grillon, Richerenches, Valreas and Visan are a part of the department Vaucluse and make together Canton Valreas or Enclave des Papes. This enclave is surrounded by the department Drôme.

The brotherhood of Visan, La Confrérie Saint Vincent de Visan, is among the oldest in France. With some breaks caused by political disturbans (wars of religion) it has excisted since 1475.
At the photo a procession carrying a vine plant at Saint Vincent's day - 2nd Saturday of July

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Updated 13-05-2021