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Here in the lowlands on the banks of the Aygues, winegrowing dates back to ancient times.

It started with the production of wine amphorae; now vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. The Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte-Cécile appellation features three cooperative wineries, and fifteen private ones, all committed to the highest quality. 30% of the winegrowing area is farmed organically. The vineyards grow across a wide plain, almost cove- ring it. Vines are everywhere, growing in every free space, even creeping up to the village walls. They cover the ground like a sweeping carpet, the colours changing with the seasons – fresh green in spring, darker green in summer and finally, burnished gold in autumn.




Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte-Cécile

In a village square in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes stands a bronze statue of Baron Le Roy, with the dedication: “From the winegrowers of the Côtes du Rhône – with gratitude – to one of their own.” Pierre Le Roy de Boiseaumarie, also known as Baron Le Roy (1890-1967), was the inspiration behind the new system of wine appellations in France. He was co-founder of INAO, the National Institute for Designations of Origin, and the French Wine Academy. He was also president of the International Office for Vine and Wine.



The vineyard area dedicated to AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages within the geographical borders of Sainte-Cécile measures 1,370 hectares and spans the five communes of Sainte Cécile les Vignes, Sérignan du Comtat and Travaillan in Vaucluse, and Suze la Rousse and Tulette in the Drôme.


Mediterranean type climate with high levels of sunshine, moderated and cleansed by the Mistral wind wind.


A particular geology

There are two main soil types in Sainte-Cécile. To the north of the appellation the soils are made up of silty clay with pebbles of varying sizes; to the south we find rounded limestone pebbles on sandy clay.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

100% red


36 hl/ha

Average annual yield

340 ha

Production surface area

12 074 hl

Total production

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