Department in the southeast France with the capital Valence in the political region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which is named after the tributary of the same name of the Rhône. It is in the middle of the departments Vaucluse (South), Alpes de Haute-Provence (Southeast), Hautes-Alpes (east), Isère (north) and Ardèche (West). The vineyards cover around 20,000 hectares of vines on granite and limestone soils. It is temperate, continental climate in front. The winegrowing areas belong to the winegrowing region Rhone, The AOC areas are:
The country wine or IGP area is called Drôme. This can be supplemented by the narrower, geographical names Comté de Grignan and Coteaux de Montélimar (previously these were independent VdP areas). Other independent IGP areas are Collines Rhôdaniennes and Coteaux des Baronnies. Drôme is also part of the two large regional IGP areas Comtés Rhodania and Méditerranée, The 80% produced red and rose wines are mainly made from the Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Syrah. Gamay. Pinot Noir. Mondeuse Noire and Merlot blended. The white wines are made from the varieties Viognier. Chardonnay. Marsanne. Roussanne. Altesse. Clairette and Viognier vinified.