An outstanding year
2016 was a superb year for Rhône Valley wines. In fact the results of the area put the other wine growing regions of France to shame. The Grenache and Syrah varieties are outstanding whilst later varieties such as Carignan and Mouvèdre show greater concentration. In terms of volume there was a slight increase in the amount of wine produced but nothing significant.
A mild winter, a cool, wet-ish spring bringing beneficial rains, no frosts and a hot summer plus freshening rain in September have made the 2016 vintage absolutely first class. The wines show great aromatic intensity, excellent concentration and intense colour. Harvesting was easy and the grapes remained healthy thanks to the Mistral providing ideal, cool conditions at that time.
Five new domains will receive Wine Tourism Awards this year:
Domaine Saint Julien de l’Embisque
They have added camper van accommodation on the site so that visitors can stay overnight
Cave des Vignerons de Beaumes de Venise in Beaumes de Venise
They have a variety of different ways to enjoy the wine experience whether just visiting the cellars and having a tasting, strolling through the vineyards, horse riding through the vines or picnicking in the open air.
Domaine des Bosquets à Gigondas
They have a new gîte for rent, accommodating up to eight people.
Cave des vignerons de Grignan les Adhémar in Grignan
They are now offering wine workshops and, in teaming up with the Tourist Office, tours of the area around the town.
Château la Verrerie in Puget
Will be holding art exhibitions this year and now also have a seminar room which can be used for private events.
Two wine-growers restaurants have been awarded by Michelin this year
Le champ des Lunes – a gastronomic restaurant of the Domaine de Fontenille, in the Vaucluse, obtained the first ever Michelin star for chef Jérôme Faure.
Le Domaine de la Camarette has been named one of the ‘bonnes tables’ of the Michelin red guide.
Get to meet Rhône Valley wines:
- From April – try the wines in Waitrose…300 stores throughout the UK
- 9th May 2017 is the Annual Rendez-Vous Côtes du Rhône In London
- 22nd – 24th May 2017 Côtes du Rhône are at the London Wine Fair
Photo credit thanks to: Serge Chapuis / M.Rissoan / Vaucluse Provence / Ardèche / The Gard / Thomas O’Brien
Notes to Editors: Southern France is an umbrella association promoting the Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Vaucluse Provence, Vallée du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Wines. The four departments run across three different regions (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur – Auvergne Rhône Alpes – Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrénées), their collaboration enables visitors to discover a coherent geographic area along the Rhône Valley. Strong common themes are authentic and perched villages, great natural or architectural sites, outdoor activities and, of course, Rhône Valley vineyards. So think sunshine, authenticity, heritage, nature and the art of living which is of course – food and wine!