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Three new 'villages' appellations for the Rhone Valley

Par Vitisphere Le 28 décembre 2016
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Three new 'villages' appellations for the Rhone Valley
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ine growers in the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations surrounding Sainte-Cécile (Drôme and Vaucluse), Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse) and Suze-la-Rousse (Drôme) are satisfied: they will be entitled to use the Côtes du Rhône villages appellation appended with the names of the three localities for the first time for wines from the 2016 harvest, and market them in 2017. The first Côtes du Rhône villages Vaison-la-Romaine, Suze-la-Rousse and Sainte-Cécile will hit the shelves next year. Each appellation boasts a potential output of 10,000 hectolitres.

The change is part of the strategy currently rolled out by the growers’ organisation which aims to move towards the top-end of the market by creating a quality hierarchy for Rhone Valley appellations, with Côtes du Rhône as its base.

The decision was approved by appellation institute INAO in June 2016 and a November 16 decree was published in the Official Journal on November 25, allowing production specifications to be changed.

The next ‘village’ on the list of applicants for similar recognition should be Saint-Andéol which is hoping the authorities will give it the go-ahead for the 2017 harvest.

 

Source: Vitisphere. Photo: InterRhône

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