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A particular geology

In the northern part of the appellation, abrupt slopes with steep gradients that extend to milder slopes where terraced plots permit optimal use of the surface area. Vegetation is primarily composed of sessile oak or white oak and deciduous trees. Main soil types in the northern rhône are clay, rocky and granite soils.

In the southern part of the appellation, Vineyards coexist here with fragrant vegetation. The mediterranean environment is marked by “garrigue” or scrubland, lavender fields, truffle oak, olive groves, white and green oak and pine. Vast, flat plains are home to vines and market gardens and are protected from strong Mistral winds by hedge rows of cypress and poplars. Main soil types in the southern rhône are clay, rocky, limestone and sandy soils.

Soils of the Valley

Soils of the Valley

The rich soils of the Rhône Valley gives special characteristics to wines.

1. Clay soils

There are giving deeply coloured, heady, fine, aromatic and tannic wines.

2. Stony soils

There are giving powerful, heady, structured wines that can age.

3. Limestone soils

There are giving light, aromatic wines, supple, round, fat, floral, fruity.

4. Granitic soils

There are giving structured wines with intense colour, finesse, balanced acidity.

5. Sandy soils

There are giving light wines, subtle freshness and fine, elegant, light tannins.

Discover the vineyards of the Rhône Valley

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Find out about the Rhone vineyards : terroirs, soils, climate, grape varieties and, of course, flavours… as if you were visiting in person.