A Source of Inspiration The history of the appellation of Saint-Peray begins in the 15th Century when the local villagers decided to leave the fortified walls of the Chateau de Crussol. They then settled in the Valley of Mialan and began to cultivate their vines. Eventually Saint-Pierre-d’Ay was shortened to Saint-Péray. Since that time, the wines of this region have ... Read More »
Planted in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, near the mythical city of Shangri-La in the Yunnan...
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A Key Terroir The region of Rasteau is composed of 1300 hectares in the north of the Vaucluse department. This zone of production benefits from a great variety of land, particularly brown limestone, marl and red sandstone. These stony soils promote maturity and help maintain consistent heat overnight. These rough terrains, typical of the Rhone Valley, are found primarily on ... Read More »
Jucunda of Gigondas The vineyards of Gigondas, dating to prehistoric times, have been cultivated since Antiquity. The region earned its name at this time, but stories of its true origin differ. One version is based on the latin gignit undas or “springing forth from water,” describing the mountainous Dentelles de Montmirail. The other, also stemming from Latin, jucunda (“joyful” or ... Read More »
“From 1884 to Evermore” While young by European standards, Penfolds of Australia has a rich history that dates to 1884 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfolds and his wife Mary purchased the Mackgill estate of 500 hundred acres of choice land outside Adelaide. It was Mary who oversaw the estate and early wine making efforts. These first wines, made of Grenache, ... Read More »
The Statement of Crozes-Hermitage Thanks to the notariety of its neighboring appellation Hermitage, the viticultural region Crozes-Hermitage gained AOC status in 1937, limited the production to the territory of the municipality from which it gains its name. It was not until the decree of 1952 that ten other neighboring regions – Erôme, Serves-sur-Rhône, Gervans, Larnage, Tain-l’Hermitage, Mercurol, Chanos-Curson, Beaumont-Monteux, La ... Read More »
An Eventful History The village of Condrieu, once a Gallo-Roman settlement, is the property of the Church of Lyon and is overseen by the 12th Century hilltop Chateau, commissioned and built by the Archbishop. Long considered a wine region of excellence, this appellation was favored by the Avignon Popes and was featured on the tables of the Chapitre Lyonnais during ... Read More »
The Northern Rhône Valley Located between the Alpes and the Massif Central, the Rhône Valley represents 250 kilometers of vineyards – and 250 municipalities- stretching from north to south around the fluid axis of the Rhône River. The river is the unifying aspect between the contrasting terroirs, drawing landscape boundaries and creating the Rhône corridor. The north of the appellationis ... Read More »