ABOUT CÔTES DU RHÔNE WINES
The Côtes du Rhône vineyards go back to more than 2,000 years and stretch from Vienne (near Lyon) to Avignon in the South of France. Along the Rhône river, Côtes du Rhône vineyards thrive across 171 rich and varied terroirs, all bathed in the same bountiful sun. The vineyards of AOC Côtes du Rhône work in harmony with a single aim: give you the best wines, from growth to blending.
21 grape varieties are officially included in the appellation. While the climate and the soil impact the vines, the resulting clean condition, finesse, and rich blend are primarily the result of the winemaker’s hard work. The reason behind this hard work? To instill, within each bottle, perfect balance and harmony.
In red wines, Grenache, the main grape variety, brings fruity flavours, warmth, and body. Syrah and Mourvèdre give the wine its spicy aromas, and a colour and structure suitable for ageing. Cinsault adds to the wine’s finesse and is perfect for nouveau wines that are sold in the same year they are harvested and keep rosé.
The white wines blend flavour and freshness by mixing different grape varieties such as Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette and Viognier.
The Côtes du Rhône wines account for 75% of the Rhône Valley wines, which is France second largest quality wine region, with 371 million bottles of Rhône Valley wines sold in 2017.