Large-scale appellation in the south of the French winegrowing region Rhone, The vineyards cover 7,900 hectares of vineyards in 95 municipalities of the four departments Ardèche (4 communities), Drôme (17) Gard (33) and Vaucluse (41). Under this name predominantly red, but also rosé and white wines are marketed. Opposite the regional appellation Côtes du Rhône (which also includes parts of the northern section), there are much stricter regulations. That is, for example, a maximum of 45 hl / ha earnings, at least 12% vol alcohol content and exact regulations regarding the legal varieties, In the Côtes du Rhône-Villages with indication of the municipality there are even stricter regulations such as maximum 42 hl / ha yield.
A total of 21 community names may be added to the label be cited. these are Chusclan. Gadagne. Laudun. Massif d'Uchaux. Plan de Dieu. Puyméras. Roaix. rochegude. Rousset-les-Vignes. Sablet. Saint-Andéol. Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes. Saint-Gervais. Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues. Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes. Séguret. Signargues. Suze-la-Rousse. Vaison-la-Romaine. valréas and Visan, A special position enjoys the municipality Brézème, which the AOC Brézème-Côtes du Rhône may use. The five communities Beaumes-de-Venise. cairanne. Rasteau. Vacqueyras and vinsobres were also included in the past, but were classified as separate appellations.
The red wine is made from at least 50% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), at least 20% Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) and or Syrah and a maximum of 20% of other red varieties approved for Côtes du Rhône. For rosé, up to 20% of the approved white varieties may be used. The white wine is made from at least 80% Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Clairette Blanche. Marsanne. Roussanne. Bourboulenc and Viognier and a maximum of 20% of other white varieties authorized for Côtes du Rhône.
Known producers of the large area are Domaine Alary, Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique. Domaine Brusset, Domaine de Cabasse, Domaine du Clos des Cazaux, Domaine du Coriancon, Domaine de la Costechaude, Domaine de Cristia, Domaine Delubac, Domaine de Deurre, Domaine Durban, Dom. de la Fuziere, Château la Gardine, Domaine de la Grangeneuve, Florimond Lambert, Domaine du Lindas, Domaine Pélaquié, Domaine de Piaugier, Château Redortier, Domaine Richaud, Domaine St-Anne and Château Signac.