Ardèche is a region in southeastern France known for its natural beauty, outdoor activities, and, of course, its wine production. The Ardèche region is part of the larger Rhône Valley wine region, which is renowned for its high-quality wines.
In Ardèche, you will find a variety of wines produced, both red and white. Some of the notable appellations (designations of origin) in the Ardèche region include:
1. Côtes du Rhône: While not exclusive to Ardèche, this appellation extends across the Rhône Valley and includes vineyards in Ardèche. It produces a range of red, white, and rosé wines.
2. Côtes du Vivarais: This appellation is specific to Ardèche and produces both red and white wines. The red wines are typically made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes, while the whites are often made from Viognier and Roussanne grapes.
3. Saint-Joseph: Although not entirely within the Ardèche region, some vineyards in the northern part of Ardèche fall under the Saint-Joseph appellation. This appellation is known for its red wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.
4. Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche: This is a regional appellation that covers the entire Ardèche department. It allows for a broader range of grape varieties and winemaking styles, resulting in a diverse array of wines.
The Ardèche region’s climate and terroir, with its rocky soils and diverse microclimates, contribute to the character of the wines produced there. The red wines from Ardèche are often full-bodied with ripe fruit flavors, while the whites can display freshness, floral aromas, and good acidity.
If you’re interested in exploring wines from Ardèche, I recommend visiting local wineries and vineyards in the region. Tasting the wines firsthand will give you a better understanding of their unique qualities and the passion that goes into their production.