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A Terroir Well Worth Exploring.

Leap-frogging back and forth between the Drôme and Vaucluse départements, the Puyméras vineyards extend across the five communes of Faucon, Puyméras, Saint Romain, Mérindol-les-Oliviers and Mollans- sur-Ouvèze. They are laid out in a series of gentle valleys, climbing in places to 400 meters. Most of the vines grow on ancient stony terraces over a ma- trix of red stone and sand, while the remainder is planted on sandy slopes over a matrix of limestone. Grenache, the Côtes du Rhône’s leading grape, is the most widely grown varietal, planted alongside
the traditional lavender, olive trees and fra- grant flora of the garrigue. The grapes en- joy a relatively cool climate, influenced by neighbouring Mont Ventoux. These unique conditions produce red wines with flavours of red fruit, forest berries, garrigue, thyme and rosemary; the coolish temperatures en- hance flavours, which linger delightfully on the palate. A terroir well worth exploring.




Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Puyméras

This land, drained by the Ouvèze and Lauzon rivers, has been inhabited since the end of the Upper Palaeolithic Era, more than 10,000 years BC. Evidence of Roman settlement has also been found, in the form of memorial stones and cremation sites; the most signifi- cant finding is a statue dedicated to Jupiter Delpusorius, discovered in Saint- Romain-en-Viennois.

In mediaeval times, winegrowing was overseen by monks originally from L’Isle- Barbe in Lyon and the Abbey at Cluny. Olive groves and apricot orchards used to grow here, but only the vines managed to survive the frosts of 1956. A few olives and other fruit trees still remain, however, dotted amongst the vines, surviving to tell the tale of the area’s agricultural past. Puyméras became a Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC in 1979, then was pro- moted in 2005 to Côtes du Rhône Villages with geographical name.



The vineyards grow across several very hilly com- munes, all between 220 and 600 metres above sea level. These are Mérindol-les-Oliviers and Mollans-sur- Ouvèze in the Drôme, and Faucon, Saint-Romain-en- Viennois and Puyméras in the Vaucluse.


The climate is largely Mediterranean but a little cooler than the norm, influenced by Mont Ventoux which rises to an altitude of 1,912 metres.


A particular geology

The terroir is made up of stony terraces with rounded cobbles and angular shale covered with fine, red, sandy gravel.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

100% red


39 hl/ha

Average annual yield

1 805 ha

Production surface area

3 065 hl

Total production

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