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Côtes du Ventoux


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The massive Côtes du Ventoux appellation encompasses over 14,000 acres; it is like a Côtes du Rhône AOC within the southern Rhône. Necessarily, many poor-quality wines are produced as a result of the large size, but there are many diamonds in the rough to be found here. There are about 50 villages in which wines are produced, including the titular Beaumont-du-Ventoux.

History

Although Côtes du Ventoux's history dates possibly all the way back to the 1st century A.D., the appellation was not created officially until 1973.

Climate and Viticulture

This appellation is so large and ungainly that generalization about its climate is difficult. Both warm and cool areas exist, and all forms of soil are found in the vineyards. The best vineyards are located on limestone hills.

Grape Varieties

The typical red grapes are used in the red wines: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, and Carignan. Clairette Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne are the main white grapes.

Major Producers

There are four producers of Côtes du Ventoux that have really been able to transcend their appellation, listed below.

Subregions

Despite the size of the appellation, Côtes du Ventoux has no designated subregions and no major producers use vineyard names.