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In this Vaucluse village, the vineyards cover more than 85% of all cropland

This small wine-growing area lies in the northern part of the Vaucluse, bordering on the Drôme Provençal. The vines grow on slopes, sharing a hillside with the prestigious neighbouring Rasteau appellation. Roaix reds are full-bodied and well-structured, but remarkably, also show an appealing freshness. Part of the growing area has spilled over into the plain; here the reds are more easy-drinking, and this is also the preferred terroir for whites and rosés, made only in small quantities. The soil in this area is light and sandy, while on the slopes we find a mix of rounded cobbles and red and grey clay. To find Roaix, just take the famous Route des Dentelles de Montmirail and turn right at Rasteau; it is worth the detour just to see the breath-taking hilltop villages of Séguret and Sablet – very atmospheric!

Roaix

History

1967
1967

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix

Roaix lies on the tin route, which passed through the Rhône Valley during the Bronze Age, while remains of an underground hypogeum (burial site) confirm there was a settlement here in the Copper Age. In the 12th century, the Knights Templar established a Commanderie at Roaix and developed winegrowing in the area; when the order was dissolved, Roaix became the property of the Avignon Popes, breathing new life into the vineyards. The Roaix-Séguret wine cooperative was established in 1960, and Roaix was awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix appellation status in 1967.

Geography

Geography

The Roaix vineyards, tucked between those of Rasteau and Séguret, lie in the commune of Roaix, in the Vaucluse département.

Climate

Mediterranean type climate influenced by the Mistral wind.

Soils

A particular geology 

Limestone/clay soils, the stony terraces of the Ouvèze Tributaries and slopes of decalcified red clay.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

97% red
1% rosé
2% white

Colors

34 hl/ha

Average annual yield

130 ha

Production surface area

4 422 hl

Total production

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