From the north to the south of the département, covering steep-sided terraces mantling the plain, the vineyards have shaped the ‘Côtes du Rhône septentrionnaux’, ‘village’ and Clairette de Die landscapes: the wine growers are happy to open the gates of their vinyards to you.
The Rhône, in excavating for itself the rhodanien corridor, has shaped the topography of this wine growing area. The slopes are steep and chaotic. The vines, lying astride the steep slopes, provide an impressive spectacle. You sometimes need to take a very winding path to see these unusual landscapes as the surprising Hermitage vineyard demonstrates. The AOC ‘Hermitage’ and ‘Crozes-Hermitage’ are a source of great pride for the area as you will find out in the wine cellars of Tain-l’Hermitage and its surroundings.
Close your eyes and trust to your senses! You are in the land of lavender, olive groves and truffle oaks. On the marches of the Comtat Venaissin and the Dauphiné, you will discover an impressionist landscape from which sumptuous houses appear. Witnesses of a rich past, a number of châteaux are dotted along this road, including Suze- la- Rousse, former residence of the ‘Princes d’Orange’ and the home of the ‘Université du Vin‘ to which students from the world over flock every year. Also host to numerous ‘Côtes du Rhône Villages’ wines and ‘Vinsobres’ (AOC), this little corner of Drôme provençale comes close to being a paradise for epicureans and hedonists.
The Grignan-les-Adhémar production area is situated on the left bank of the Rhône, between the Dauphiné and Provence, from Montélimar to Saint Paul Trois Châteaux.
This magnificent region offers an infinite range of light, aroma, sound and colour, with its wine growing landscape set in the midst of lavender fields, ‘garrigues’ where crickets sing, its oak plantations, its olive groves, its fruit orchards and its aromatic plants. A spectacle which the marquise de Sévigné never tired of, through the windows of the château de Grignan.
From Aouste-sur-Sye, up the Drôme valley to Luc-en-Diois, without forgetting Beaufort–en-Gervanne, follow the « route de la Clairette de Die » signs. Over 23 wine cellars and estates to visit to discover the secrets of the sparkling Clairette whose vineyards are the highest in France