The land around Vaison-la-Romaine offers a whole symphony of flavours, aromas and colour. A varied range of locally-grown, high-quality agricultural produce enhances the local gastronomy. Vaison offers appellation contrôlée wines (Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Ventoux) which can be tasted when you visit the cellars or hit the wine trail. Winegrowing has been around since Ancient Times and is a key part of the soul and landscape here in Vaison. It has led to numerous trades which make up the human, professional and economic wealth of a sector which is big business in the Vaison-la-Romaine area.
In the Côtes du Rhône region, vines are grown on hillsides or on the plain, in mostly calcareous ground, and they have the advantage of a Mediterranean-style climate. The wines are mainly reds or rosés, and are fairly full-bodied. One unusual feature of winegrowing in Vaison is the sheer number of small farms producing a whole host of tastes and flavours.
Come and explore : The La Romaine cellar
The Coopérative Vinicole de Vaison et du Haut-Comtat (Vaison and Haut-Comtat winemaking cooperative) was the first cooperative business in the Haut-Vaucluse area, formed in 1924, and it became the Cave La Romaine in 1987. Since it was formed, one unusual thing about it is that it is intended to operate across municipalities spanning two departments (Haut-Vaucluse and Drôme Provençale) and two wine-producing regions : Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Ventoux. 360 wine growers from around 20 towns entrust all or part of their harvest to it.
To check out the wines : www.cave-la-romaine.com.
Contact : Quartier le Colombier, B. P. 47, 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine
Tel. : 04 90 36 55 90
Fax : 04 90 36 55 91
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