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One of the most obscure appellations in the Rhône, Vinsobres was created as an AOC in 2006. Originally, it was part of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages, but Vinsobres' wines superseded those of the other villages and regulators decided to make a separate AOC for the region. The vineyards of Vinsobres are generally located in the large town of the same name. The 1,000 acres under vine here make for about 150,000 cases per year of red wine.


After "outgrowing" its Côtes du Rhône-Villages competitors, Vinsobres became an AOC in 2006.

Climate and Viticulture

This mountainous appellation actually has perfect weather for winegrowing, with a warm Mediterranean climate tempered by a cool breeze. A drawback is that in general the soil is rocky and of poor quality.

Grape Varieties

Wines manufactured in Vinsobres are required to be at least half Grenache. But Syrah and Mourvèdre are also allowed as supplementary varieties.

Major Producers

All the wines produced here have low prices and are of better quality than general Côtes du Rhône-Villages offerings. Three producers are especially good.