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In the 19th century, Châtillon en Diois wines were known as 'Côtes du Bez', named for the torrential waters of the river flowing through the area.

The name was used right up until the start of the 20th century. 

Châtillon en Diois



Birth of AOC Châtillon en Diois

Most written evidence agrees that winegrowing in this area dates back to the 2nd century BC. Production reached its peak around the middle of the 19th century, when the vineyards measured some 6,000 hectares. But around 1870, the phylloxera crisis wiped out up to 80% of plantings and only 1,000 hectares remained. In 1910, the area received its first distinction - an appellation d'origine  encompassing 41 local villages. 

The appellation Châtillon-en-Diois was officialy recognize in 1975.



The Chatillon en Diois appellation includes 12 communes for white wines et and 1 commune for reds. 


Mediterranean, influenced by the highlands of the Vercors.  


A particular geology 

Clay: Richly-coloured wines with powerful aromas.
Limestone: Light, aromatic wines; supple and rounded with fruity, floral flavours.    

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

34% rouge
19% rosé
47% blanc


51 Hl/Ha

Average annual yield

40 Ha

Production surface area

2034 Hl

Total production

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