Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s most recognised red wines. Produced from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and up to fifteen others, the wines are often big, robust and full bodied but with the potential to age and improve for many years from the vintage.
Vacqueyras is predominantly a red wine appellation in the Southern Rhône. Created in 1990, it produces soft, plummy wines from Grenache. In some areas it reaches 440m and in good years vineyards at this altitude can provide interesting aromatic complexity. Vacqueyras is often compared to nearby Gigondas in style.
Located on the western banks of the Rhône river, the Ardèche is home to home to around 7500 hectares planted in the pains of the Ardèche valley and the foothills of the Cévennes mountains. Varietal wines are increasingly popular but generally the wines are inexpensive blends from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Gamay. Co-operative cellars are common in the area.
Created in 1971, the relatively cooler climate of the Gigondas is becoming trendy as temperatures rise in the Southern Rhône. Here Grenache can grow as high as 600m and under the cooling influence of the Mistral wind and the protection of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, the long growing season can help create fascinating wines. At least 50% Grenache must be blended with Syrah and / or Mourvèdre.