Viticulture shapes the landscapes of the Drôme, located in the south of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and crossed by the Rhône. This river is bordered by spectacular vineyards, in particular around Tain l'Hermitage and in Drôme Provençale, two leading wine tourism destinations!
THE CHARM OF TAIN-L’HERMITAGE : CRUS HERMITAGE AND CROZES-HERMITAGE
The cobblestones of the pedestrian street, the breathtaking view from the quay of the Rhône, the petanque in the shade of the plane trees, the whistle of the Train de l'Ardèche, the charm of the vineyards on the hillsides... Let yourself be surprised by the incredible atmosphere of this territory which brings "the art de vivre”up to date and which invites you not only to discover but above all to savour its heritage!
The Rhône drew the physionomy of this vineyard by digging the Rhône corridor. The lines are steep and tormented. The vineyard, perched on slopes, offers a striking view. You sometimes have to take the schoolchildren's path to explore these extraordinary landscapes, as the surprising Hermitage hill testifies. The AOC Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage appellations are the great pride of the Drôme route, as you will notice in all the cellars in and around Tain-l'Hermitage.
IN DRÔME PROVENÇALE
It is an impressionist landscape with its lavender fields, olive orchards, truffle oaks and vineyards as far as the eye can see. These are the lands of the south of the Drôme, another terroir of great wines.
Close your eyes and trust your senses! You are in the land of lavender, olive and truffle oaks. At the steps of the Comtat Venaissin and the Dauphiné, you will discover an impressionist landscape from which sumptuous residences spring. Witnesses of a rich past, many castles criss-cross this road: in Suze-la-Rousse, the former property of the Princes of Orange now houses the University of Wine where students from all over the world flock every year. Home to many Côtes du Rhône Villages and the Cru Vinsobres (AOC), this small corner of the Drôme provençale could well resemble the paradise of epicureans and hedonists.
The GRIGNAN-LES-ADHEMAR appellation concerns mostly reds (85% of the production); it is the successful marriage of 5 main grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. Their robe is luminous; it varies from bright ruby to dark red. The nose reveals aromas of spices (cinnamon, pepper and vanilla), of red fruits and notes of liquorice. They are long and supple in the mouth. The fruity ones will gladly accept to be drunk young and fresh, but Syrah wines will reveal their full potential if kept for at least 10 years. At the table, they are served between 14 and 15° to go with the whole meal.
Among the wineries (domaines in French) to visit in the Drôme:
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