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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
Flavors

Varietals & flavours

For red wines, the main varietal is Grenache Noir (minimum 50% of any blend), followed by Syrah and Mourvèdre (minimum 20%). In total, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre must make up 90% of the varietal mix; other Côtes du Rhône varietals are authorised to a maximum of 10%. Vacqueyras reds show deep colours ranging from appealing ruby red for young wines to a darker, more intense red for those with good ageing potential. The nose reveals a rush of fruity flavours, including black cherries, stone fruit and blackberries, with notes of candied fruit and figs. There can also be pronounced, spicy hints of leather and game, and even a touch of smoke. They are powerful, rich and full-bodied with a mouth-watering finish. Rosés are pleasingly coloured, with appetising, fruity aromas and flavours of wild strawberries and white flowers. Whites are light, bright yellow with shimmering highlights, and are made from Clairette, White Grenache, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, none of which may exceed 80% of the varietal mix. They have floral aromas of broom and acacia, sometimes with a note of citrus.

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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

Couleurs

28 hl/ha

Rendement moyen annuel

1 438 ha

Superficie de production

40 747 hl

Production totale

32%

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