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Every village has its own legend.

At St-Gervais, where the vineyards were planted by the Romans, it is said that the church was built over a temple dedicated to Jupiter - and since Bacchus was born from Jupiter’s thigh - we realise the destiny of this village was a foregone conclusion. Roman remains have been found in this area – pottery, tombs, traces of buildings – but winegrowing in this part of the Gard did not really take off until after the crisis caused by phylloxera, the pest which ravaged vast swathes of European vineyards in the late 19th century. The St-Gervais vineyards were first replanted in the valley of the Cèze, then extended to cover large parts of the hillsides just thirty years ago. The winegrowers were inspired both to continue rebuilding their vineyards and to boost quality; in 1974 they were awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages with geographic name status. Today the planted area covers some 62 hectares. The wines are made from blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Planted in stony, gravel soils and with an east-west orientation, the vines produce mellow, easy-drinking red wines with notes of red berry fruits and spices. Rosés are full-bodied with good length of flavour, while the whites show attractive floral notes.

Saint-Gervais

History

1974
1974

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Saint-Gervais

The Romans left visible reminders of their presence in Saint Gervais, with the remains of several villas and workshops which can be viewed in the low-lying plains. In fact, they played a major part in developing viticulture in this region, helping to spread the fame of Saint-Gervais wines. Saracens and Visigoths also passed this way, leaving a number of burial sites.

For many centuries, polyculture was the chief system of farming, but little by little the vines took over; first the smaller valleys, then the plateaus of the Cèze valley were planted with vines. Vineyard area has increased significantly over the last 30 years.

Continuing efforts to improve the quality of Saint Gervais wines were rewarded when in 1974 the village was granted Côtes du Rhône Villages status with geographic name.

Geography

Territory

The vineyards lie along the banks of the Cèze in the commune of Saint Gervais in the Gard département.

Climate

Mediterranean type climate.

Soils

A particular geology

Sandstone on red clay slopes; stony soils on the plateau.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

93% red
7% white

Colors

39 hl/ha

Average annual yield

62 ha

Production surface area

2 447 hl

Total production

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