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Steep terraced vineyards, woodland plains, vast bands of garrigue scrubland -

the wines of Vacqueyras are shaped by their distinctive terroirs, and are available in red, white and rosé. The soils here are very varied, giving the Vacqueyras wines a wealth of different fragrances and flavours. The wines are powerful and full of character, and have a distinctive edge of freshness and finesse. They are often chosen for their reliably high quality, and since 1998 have been the official wines of the Avignon Festival, building up their reputation with a
broad international audience.

Vacqueyras

History

1990
1990

Birth of AOC Vacqueyras

Winegrowing in the Rhône Valley started with the Roman settements, and was particularly prevalent around Orange in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The remains of a Roman villa have been found in Vacqueyras - Vaqueiras in Provençal, from the Latin Vallea Quadreia, the Valley of Stones.

The first written evidence of viticulture in the area dates back to the Middle Ages. The first cadastral map of Comtat Venaissin is dated 1414, and records the existence of vineyards in the village.

Later, in 1448, reference is made to taxes payable on grape harvests and wine produced in Vacqueyras.

In 1791, after the revolution, the vineyards of Comtat Venaissin - including those of Vacqueyras - were an- nexed to France.

In 1937, Vacqueyras was part of the Côtes du Rhône regional appellation area. In 1955, it became part of Côtes du Rhône Villages, and in 1967, one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages with village name. Finally, in 15th August 1990, it reached the pinnacle and was officially recognised as an appellation in its own right.

Geography

Territory

The vineyards are located in the two communes of Vacqueyras and Sarrians in the Vaucluse, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Climate

Mediterranean climate, with one significant advantage – the Mistral wind wind gusts through the vineyards, cooling and cleansing them. Rainfall is seasonal, and summer temperatures are very high.

Soils

A particular geology

These AOC vineyards at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail grow in the alluvial soils and glacial terraces of the Riss glaciation. Soils are made up of sandy clay with banks of rounded cobbles on the terraces of the garrigue.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

95% red
1% rosé
4% white

Colors

28 hl/ha

Average annual yield

1 438 ha

Production surface area

40 747 hl

Total production

32%

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