Rhone Valley to officially open Carré du Palais wine tourism centre

Monday March 06 2017 by Vitisphere

The forthcoming Carré du Palais wine tourism centre designed by the Rhone Valley wine marketing board InterRhône, was the subject of a detailed presentation at the AGM of the Côtes du Rhône wine growers’ organisation in January. With a footprint of 2,350 m2, the centre will house tasting areas, events and a wine store along with a wine bar and 60-seat wine tourism bistro. A total 9,000 bottles will be stored in the centre and 800 different product lines marketed. All of the appellations belonging to the marketing board will be represented; Châteauneuf-du-Pape is not one of them. Fifty different wines by the glass will be available all year round, with a rotation system for each appellation, and a wine school will offer courses.

In addition to wines, products produced by fermentation will be displayed for sale in one of the five ‘workshop-boutiques’ focusing on chocolate, coffee, tea, cold meats and cheese. A pop-up gourmet restaurant will be open from May to September where guest chefs will come and cook. Private lounges and events areas including a rooftop terrace will complete the line-up.

The building is due to open in April 2017 during the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône wine show. Twenty-one different trades were involved and 28 tonnes of materials had to be removed from the building which came in at a total cost of 7.5 million euros. Just under half of the amount – 3.5 million euros - was provided by the marketing board, with the remaining 4 million funded by investors and the wine industry. The production side contributed 1.6 million euros, more than the region’s wine merchants.

Source: Vitisphere

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