Cotes du Vivarais

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An overview of the individual appellations in the Rhône wine-growing region. Zoom A shows the appellations in the south of Avignon and Zoom B shows the wine-growing regions near Lyon . The appellation Côtes du Vivarais is shown in Zoom A.
More detailed map of the appellation
Bouteilles de l'AOC côtes-du-vivarais

The Côtes du Vivarais wine-growing region is located in the northern section of the Rhône wine-growing region on the orographic right-hand side of the Rhône opposite the AOC Grignan-les-Adhémar on the other bank of the river . The Ardèche River is located in the center of the growing area and offers a wide range of tourist opportunities.

The former VDQS (the area achieved this status on August 8, 1962) was only classified as an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC for short) on September 23, 1999 . The vineyards currently cover around 650 hectares of vineyards spread over the 14 communities of Orgnac-l'Aven , Saint-Montan , Saint-Remèze , Lagorce , Vinezac , Gras , Larnas , Bidon , Labastide-de-Virac (all in the Ardèche department ) and Barjac , Issirac , Saint-Privat-de-Champclos , Montclus and Le Garn in the Gard department . The municipalities Orgnac-l'Aven (famous for its Laugungshöhle in Karst ), Saint-Remèze and St Montan allowed the appellation add their name. A total of 4,734 hectares of potential vineyards were defined for this appellation. In 2005, a total of 20,133 hectoliters of wine were produced on 554 hectares of declared area.

In the 1950s, 99% simple table wine was still being produced in this region . The wines were sold in barrels to wholesalers for blending. The primary goal was a high yield with little effort. At that time, hybrid vines such as Couderc 13 , which are very fungus-resistant and frost-hardy, were often used.


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