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Vacqueyras wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

The lovely village of Vacqueyras which lies to the east of Orange, was elevated to its own appellation in 1990 because of the powerful reds it produces. These wines are often blends of Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. The appellation only covers two communes namely Sarrians and Vacqueyras.
The rules of the appellation favour Grenache with at least 50% of this variety being required. The Syrah and Mourvèdre must comprise at least 20% of the blend. This means that there is room for the secondary varieties which are all of those allowed in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.
There is another interesting rule that vignerons must comply with. Rather than the generic 50 hectolitres per hectare yield that is allowed for most appellations, here the yield must be much lower at only 36 hectolitres per hectare.
White wines must be made from Grenache, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne or Viognier. None of these varieties can exceed 80% of the blend.
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