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Department in the southeast France with the capital Privas in the political region Rhone-Alpes, which is named after the river of the same name. It lies in the middle of the departments of Lozére (west), Haute Loire (northwest), Loire (north), Drôme (East), Vaucluse (Southeast) and Gard (Southwest). The AOC area Châtaigne d'Ardèche applies to chestnuts. A specialty is the wine "Cuvée des vignes d'antan" hybrid varieties (see below Jacquez ). From the beginning of the 1980s, the well-known Louis wine and wine-producing house operated here Latour Pioneering work. It is Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot dry summers. The vineyards cover 7,500 hectares of vines mainly on limestone and sandstone soils. The winegrowing areas belong to the winegrowing region Rhone, The AOC areas are:

Ardèche - Ardèche gorge with the river

The country wine or IGP area is called Ardèche. This can be supplemented by the narrower geographical designation Coteaux de l'Ardèche (previously this was a separate Vin de pays area). Another independent IGP area is Collines Rhôdaniennes, Ardèche is also part of the two large regional IGP areas Comtés Rhodania and Méditerranée,

45% red wines, 35% rosé wines and 20% white wines are largely produced by cooperatives. The main red wine varieties are Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Caladoc, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Chatus. Cinsault. Gamaret. Gamay, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Marselan. Merlot. Pinot Noir and Syrah, The main types of white wine are Chardonnay. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Marsanne. Muscat Blanc. Roussanne. Sauvignon Blanc. Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ) and Viognier,

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