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Chatillon-en-Diois wine appellation
Wine appellation
Country: France

Chatillon-en-Diois is an AC wine appellation in the Rhone Valley of France situated near the village of Die which lies in the Gard on the eastern side of the Rhone. It was elevated to AOC status in March 1975.
The principal red varieties are Gamay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and the white wines are made from Aligote and Chardonnay. Reds must comprise at least 75% Gamay.
The area covered by this appellation is a mere 60 hectares. Whites can be produced in the Drome communes of Aix-en-Diois, Barnave, Châtillon-en-Diois, Laval-d'Aix, Luc-en-Diois, Menglon, Molières-Glandaz, Montlaur-en-Diois, Montmaur-en-Diois, Poyols, Recoubeau-Jansac and Saint-Roman. Red and rose wines can only be produced in the communes of Châtillon-en-Diois and Menglon.
An interesting rule that applies in this appellation is that the grapes must be picked by hand. No mechanical harvesting is allowed.
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