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Appellation for white, rosé and red wines in the department Vaucluse in the southern section of the wine-growing region Rhone, It is named after the limestone rock mountain range southeast of Avignon in southern France. Up to the 2008 vintage, the name was Côtes du Luberon (the reason for the renaming is the clearer identification for the consumer). The recognition in 1988 is primarily due to the millionaire Jean-Louis Chancel, who set high quality standards with the wines of his Château Val-Joanis winery. The vineyards cover 2,700 hectares of vines on the left bank of the Rhone in 36 municipalities between Cavaillon in the west and Manosque in the east. It is a matter of slopes with limestone floors.

Grand Luberon mountain range

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 at. 20%), together or a maximum of 20% each Cinsault and Carignan ( mazuelo ) blended. Up to a maximum of 10% are also still Marselan or white varieties, with rosé Viognier allowed. The white wine is made up of any of the main varieties Bourboulenc. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Marsanne. Roussanne and Vermentino blended. In addition, 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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