AOP Ventoux

The AOP Ventoux area is part of the vast belt of Rhône Valley vineyards that stretch from Lyon in the North down to Avignon in the South. The output from the 7500 hectares of vines consists of 75% red wine, 20% rosé and 5% white.

All French wines are classified according to a very strict hierarchy based on the source and the control of production. These classifications are an indication of the potential for the quality of the wine. AOP – Appellation d’Origine Protégée – is the top of the line. It applies to French wines from specified regions, and with the most rigid controls specified by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). The items controlled include: the variety of grapes, density and size of vines, maximum yield, minimum alcohol level and methods of culture and vinification.

The AOP Ventoux vineyards are without question some of the oldest in France. Recent archaeological finds have made it possible to trace winemaking back to around 30 BC. The climate is Mediterranean: dry in summer and very sunny all the year round. The famous Mistral, the prevailing northerly wind, provides the vines with remarkable natural ventilation, making it easier to farm organically, respecting nature. Blending is one of the essential features of winemaking in the southern Rhône valley.  It is deeply rooted in the oenological culture of the region. Each year, makers coax the best from each grape variety in order to craft the finest cuvée – the wine that best represents the vintage.