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Appellation for white, rosé and red wines in the département Vaucluse in the southern section of the winegrowing region Rhone, It is named after the limestone rock mountain range southeast of Avignon in southern France. Until the year 2008 was the name Côtes du Luberon (the reason for the renaming is the clearer for the consumer identification). The recognition in 1988 is above all the merit of the millionaire Jean-Louis Chancel, who set high quality standards with the wines of his vineyard Château Val-Joanis. The vineyards cover 2,700 hectares of vineyards on the left bank of the Rhone in 36 communities between Cavaillon in the west and Manosque in the east. It is a matter of slopes with limestone floors.

Mountain range Grand Luberon

Two-thirds of rosé and red wines are produced. These are made up of at least 60% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) and Syrah (Syrah to 20%), and together or in each case a maximum of 20% Cinsault and Carignan ( mazuelo ) blended. Up to a maximum of 10% are still Marselan or white varieties, the rosé Viognier allowed. The white wine is arbitrary from the main varieties Bourboulenc. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Marsanne. Roussanne and Vermentino blended. As a supplement, max. 50% Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ) and max. 10% Viognier allowed. Well-known producers are Cave de Bonnieux, Château de la Canorgue, Domaine de la Citadelle, Château de l'Isolette, Château Val-Joanis and La Vieille Ferme.

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