By country :: France :: Rhone
Rhône is one of, if not the oldest winemaking region in the whole of France. There is evidence of vines being cultivated in these parts as early as 800 BC, and widespread knowledge of its use as the winegrowing region
for Romans under the leadership of Julius Caesar, before the Gaul conquest of 53AD.
The region itself is divided into two distinct areas, that showcase very different terroirs and climates. That to the north, known as Rhône Septentrionale, is far cooler, creating perfect conditions for the production of very elegant, lean wines using Syrah grapes. Contrastingly Rhône Meridionale, in the south, experiences a far more Mediterranean climate, ensuring the widespread use of grapes dependant on slightly milder temperatures, such as Grenache and Mourvèdre.
Generally speaking, The Rhône is best known for the quality of its reds, but white wines from the area are criminally underrated. Local grape varieties Roussanne and Marsanne are beginning to receive the recognition
they deserve, especially in the Australian market, and provide a fantastic alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
We at l’Art du Vin are particularly pleased to continue our association with Domaine Ferraton, in the north of the region, and Domaine Duseigneur in the south. Both are very good independent producers who we believe
continue to produce excellent wines that our customers evidently enjoy!