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Wine region

Official name

Vacqueyras

Type

Appellation d'origine contrôlée

Year established

1990

Country

France

Part of

Southern Rhone

Other regions in Southern Rhone

Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Lirac AOC

Climate region

Mediterranean climate "Mediterranean climate (wine)")

Size of planted vineyards

1,300 hectares (3,200 acres)

Grapes produced

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc

Wine produced

48,000 hectolitres (1,100,000 imp gal; 1,300,000 US gal)

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Vacqueyras is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region "Rhône (wine region)") of France, along the banks of the River Ouvèze.^[1]^It is primarily a red wine region with some white and rosé wines being produced. Being a little brother of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and, arguably, Gigondas, the wine is moderately prestigious and can yield pleasing results when treated correctly.^[2]^

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Wine region

Official name

Vacqueyras

Type

Appellation d'origine contrôlée

Year established

1990

Country

France

Part of

Southern Rhone

Other regions in Southern Rhone

Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Lirac AOC

Climate region

Mediterranean climate "Mediterranean climate (wine)")

Size of planted vineyards

1,300 hectares (3,200 acres)

Grapes produced

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc

Wine produced

48,000 hectolitres (1,100,000 imp gal; 1,300,000 US gal)

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Vacqueyras is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region "Rhône (wine region)") of France, along the banks of the River Ouvèze.^[1]^It is primarily a red wine region with some white and rosé wines being produced. Being a little brother of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and, arguably, Gigondas, the wine is moderately prestigious and can yield pleasing results when treated correctly.^[2]^

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History

Wine has been produced in the region since the 15th century. However records are sparse, reduced to mentioning large vineyards and a decree on how to keep hungry goats away from the grapes.^[2]^ Vacqueyras received the A.O.C. Côtes du Rhône Decree appellation in 1937 and as late as 1990, Vacqueyras was granted its own AOC, the first in the region since Gigondas in 1971 and the first of a number of candidates for that particular honour,^[citation\ needed]^ recently bestowed to Beaumes-de-Venise and Vinsobres.

Climate and geography

Located only a few kilometers south of Gigondas, Vacqueyras shares much of the same terroir with vineyards located in 100–400 metres (330–1,300 ft) altitude. The best vineyards are found on Plateau de Garrigues. In the lowland, warmer temperatures result in more powerful and often inelegant wines.^[2]^

Grapes and wine

The bulk (97%) of the wine is red. The red wine can be much like the wines from Gigondas but for some reason Vacqueyras rarely manages to match their northern sibling.^[citation\ needed]^

Winemaking

Vacqueyras is, like Gigondas, known for its power rather than its elegance. The backbone of the wine is Grenache, however producers of Vacqueyras use more Syrah than is used in Gigondas which can make the style seem cooler.^[2]^


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References

  1. \^ Jacques Fanet (2004). Great Wine Terroirs. University of California Press. p. 175. Retrieved 2011-10-29. "The River Ouvèze, notorious for its devastating floods, skirts around the northern end of the Massif des Dentelles de Montmirail, on its way to join the Rhône in Bédarrides....These picturesque slopes are home to the Vacqueyras AOC, southwest of the village itself, and the lower Gigondas vineyards."
  2. \^ ^a^ ^b^ ^c^ ^d^ Niels Lillelund (2004). Rhône-Vinene. JP Bøger - JP/Politikens Forlagshus A/S. pp. 162–165. ISBN 87-567-7140-1.

  3. Cotes du Rhone Web Site

Coordinates: 44°08′20″N 4°58′59″E / 44.13889°N 4.98306°E / 44.13889; 4.98306)

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