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Vin de Pays de la Principaute d’Orange
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Vin de Pays de la Principaute d'Orange is a zonal classification sitting under the Vin de Pays de Vaucluse and Vins de Pays Provence classifications.
It is based around the city of Orange in the Southern Rhone in the north west corner of the département of Vaucluse.
The wines display similar characteristics to the Cotes du Rhone wines that are produced in the same region.
These are not necessarily wines of lower quality - it is sometimes the case that they do not meet the grape variety requirements of the more restrictive appellations. (Just to the south, one of the most sought after and expensive wines, from the venerable Domaine de Trevallon, is marketed as a Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône because it has higher levels of Cabernet than that permitted by the Coteaux d'Aix appellation.)
The vineyards of the Vin de Pays de la Principaute d'Orange can obviously be found in the area around the historic city of Orange in the north western section of Vaucluse stretching towards the pleasant town of Vaison-la-Romaine.
The plain that separates the Côtes du Ventoux from the Côtes du Lubéron appellations situated from from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue through to Apt contributes much of the wine that is classified as Vin de Pays du Vaucluse.
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