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Planted on land long famed for its truffles, amid fields of lavender and thyme interspersed with olive groves,

the Grignan-les-Adhémar vines soak up the scents and flavours of Provence, distilled by the Drôme sunshine...

And the beauty of its architectural heritage only serves to enhance the appeal of this region. Châteaux, chapels, fortifications, historic lavoirs and statues. The wines of Grignan les Adhémar show a fine balance between the easy-drinking flavours of Grenache and the power of Syrah. Their style has evolved over the years, and now more than ever, they deserve their reputation as wines of instant, lasting appeal.

Grignan-les-Adhémar

History

2010
2010

Birth of AOC Grignan-les- Adhémar

Vines were first planted in Grignan-les- Adhémar by the Phoenicians in the 5th century BC. The area was then further developed by the Romans, becoming one of the most prosperous winegrowing areas in ancient and medieval Gaul. The presence of the Rhône played an essential part in its success, both as a means of communication and a shipping route.

The vineyards made something of a comeback in the 1960s. In 1964, as Vins Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (VDQS), the vineyards covered only 365 hectares, compared to 2,500 just a century earlier. In July 27th 1973 they were awarded AOC status under the name Coteaux du Tricastin, and became Grignan-les-Adhémar in 2010.

Geography

Territory

The Grignan-les-Adhémar appellation area lies along the left bank of the Rhône, between the Dauphiné and Provence regions from Montélimar as far as Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux.

Climate

Largely Mediterranean, influenced by the Mistral wind.

Soils

A particular geology

Geologically speaking, the area is very diverse, giving rise to an infinite variety of wines.
Subsoils comprise mainly clay/limestone or sand, but topsoil composition changes from area to area. There are four main geological formations:

Rounded cobbles, rolled and worn smooth by the Rhône. The wines from these areas are distinctive for their complexity, generosity and richness of expression.

The high terraces of the Rhône (150 - 200m), with their clay/limestone soils, surrounded by lush green hills. These geological features give the wines elegance, smoothness and strength

Very stony soils or gravel deposits. These clay-rich soils give firm structure and a deep colour.

Alluvial terraces on the banks of the Rhône. Wines grown in these soils show suppleness and elegance on the palate.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

67% red
14% rosé
19% white

Colors

36 hl/ha

Average annual yield

1 354 ha

Production surface area

48 739 hl

Total production

23%

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